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Resistance trainer: How do I mount the bike?

post #1 of 22
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So I got a Nashbar Fluid Trainer as an X-mass present from my parents. It came with directions to replace the rear QR skewer with the included one, which I thought seemed ridiculous until I brought it back to Rochester (leaving the bulky box for my parent's to trash) and tried to mount the bike on it.

The stock QR (Shimano) doesn't seem to fit very well into the mount. The Nashbar QR fits perefctly, of course. I went to change them out and noted the the Nashbar version is a heck of a lot thinner then the stock.

Common sense tells me don't stick a 1/4" bolt in a 1/2" hole (for example) and expect good things to happen. Any advice, am I missing something? Should I just return the darn thing?

EDIT: PDF Instructions
post #2 of 22
Don't worry about it. Use the QR that came with the trainer. I usually leave on of those in my rear wheel all winter and have never had a problem. You will have a problem however if you use the Shimano one and really crank on the trainer. I have seen several people thing they had those in there snug enough and come right out of their trainers when they were sprinting. Not fun at all.
post #3 of 22
Yep, use the trainer one. I leave mine in all winter as well. Make sure you have something under your trainer to catch the sweat (there will be a lot of it unless you simply don't sweat) and think about covering your stem with a towel to protect it from the sweat. Oh, and a good fan. And good, fast music. My coach puts together playlists with music about 90 cadence, sure helps to keep me moving in the monotony that can be the trainer. Have fun!
post #4 of 22
So, any of you bike skiers flopped the right side crank over yet?
post #5 of 22
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So, any of you bike skiers flopped the right side crank over yet?
Please explain...?

KRP run the trainer with the nashbar skewer. It doen't need to be as strong on the trainer as on the road. The trainer will probably chew up the nicer skewer anyhow. The 'thinner' skewer is probably steel, as opposed to the thicker one, made of Al alloy or perhaps....yes...Ti!

Or better yet ditch all the roadie gear, get yerself a MTB with the biggest lug knobbies you can find. Get some short self tapping ~3/16" sheet metal screws, and a tire liner (Mr. Tuffy). Thread the screws into the knobbies, insert tire liner. Presto all weather vehicle! No need to stay inside!
post #6 of 22
Also don't forget to take off any good or expensive rubber you have and spring for a cheap trainer tire. Trainers tend to eat tires.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Please explain...?

Flop teh non-drive side crank over 180 degrees so that it is in phase with the drive side crank. Both pedals up or both pedals down.


And practice mogul skiing-style extension and retraction while on the bike.

(I don't expect anyone to do more than 20 mins a pop at first).
post #8 of 22
Have you tried running your chain in a figure eight configuration while doing that? A backwards stroke provides a much better mogul simulation.
post #9 of 22
No, I kept the original chain line.



Did think about a reverser, though.


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Have you tried running your chain in a figure eight configuration while doing that? A backwards stroke provides a much better mogul simulation.
post #10 of 22
Another thought beyond the craziness these other guys are talking about is to get a trainer tire for at least your back tire. You will go through rubber fast on a trainer, no need to burn up the good tire. I recently had purchased new tires so I'm just using my old tires on the trainer. If I blow out no biggie like it would be on the road but I conserve my expensive tires for where I need them.
post #11 of 22
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Another thought beyond the craziness these other guys are talking about is to get a trainer tire for at least your back tire. You will go through rubber fast on a trainer, no need to burn up the good tire. I recently had purchased new tires so I'm just using my old tires on the trainer. If I blow out no biggie like it would be on the road but I conserve my expensive tires for where I need them.
I pried a fairly large sliver of rock out of my stock tire after my last ride, so new tires are already in the plans for this spring.
post #12 of 22
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Another thought beyond the craziness these other guys are talking about

He he. "Methodical madness", please.

Seriously. Try it.
post #13 of 22
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He he. "Methodical madness", please.

Seriously. Try it.
I'm positive that you know I meant that all in good fun.

While I'm sure your swap would be very good for mogul training right now I'm focused on triathlon training while on the bike so I'm going to stick with the standard. But maybe if I get bored one of these days and I have a bike mechanic magically appear.
post #14 of 22
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While I'm sure your swap would be very good for mogul training right now I'm focused on triathlon training while on the bike so I'm going to stick with the standard.
No problems.

PSST: the dirty dark secret is that I'm not doing it for moguls at all but to have hamstrings and climbing ability and a smooth spin again after the infamous tree-well-hanging-man incident.
post #15 of 22
Nah...

This is the off season training route to go by. Recommended by a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist! .....Even......



post #16 of 22
That snow riding looks like fun but I do not need another piece of equipment to add to my 1 bedroom apartment. I don't have space for everything as it is!
post #17 of 22
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That snow riding looks like fun but I do not need another piece of equipment to add to my 1 bedroom apartment. I don't have space for everything as it is!
I once knew a guy that kept 3 MTB's, 3 pairs of skis and boots, along with assorted other stuff, under his camper topped pickup truck..... Then he got married, and got all responsible, and everything.

Does anyone else find, that a Mechanical Engineering student has trouble mounting a bike on a trainer, mildly perplexing?
post #18 of 22
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Does anyone else find, that a Mechanical Engineering student has trouble mounting a bike on a trainer, mildly perplexing?
Noted, but I'm going to just leave it alone.
post #19 of 22
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Noted, but I'm going to just leave it alone.
Sorry man, just pok'n a little fun.

I am probably the King of questions. Some good, some bad, some I already know the answer too. Alpinord and Comprex can verify.

How do you like your trainer now? I have a cyclops fluid II. It is gathering dust. I'm afraind my little girl will get in the spokes of my bike.

Hows that part time job over at RicksTallyHo?

Try not to be such a Scout. Eat more carcinogens or, try killing something small and furry.

Perhaps something.....like.............................

............Heidi .................................................. ...............................Klum............... ..........................................'s



.......................mons....

BTW - Happy Birthday!
post #20 of 22
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How do you like your trainer now? I have a cyclops fluid II. It is gathering dust. I'm afraind my little girl will get in the spokes of my bike.

Voted best use for old carrot choppers.
post #21 of 22
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Voted best use for old carrot choppers.
La Machine. J' dice, J' slice.
post #22 of 22
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Noted, but I'm going to just leave it alone.
Got a rear-wheel sensor yet?
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