7 Bike Trainer Tips

I can’t wait for spring to finally get going in our area…if for no other reason than to get my mind off of bike trainers.

But for now I’m obsessed, and have found seven more trainer tips to bore intrigue my readers with.  Some of the tips are very obvious, while others are moderately obvious.

  1. Use the included special skewer when putting the bike into the trainer.  This will keep your ‘good’ skewer from getting dinged-up…and a dinged-up skewer is a skewer to be mocked during the next group ride you show up to.

    If you take your skewer apart and the little springs fall out you may wonder which way they go back on the skewer.  The little end of the spring goes toward the wheel, while the large end goes toward the end of the skewer.

    If you’re a real bonehead, you’ll need to be told that one spring goes on each side of the wheel…they don’t both go on the same side.

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  3. Make sure that the roller is tight enough against the tire to not slip during accelerations.  During my early years, I wore out a $55.00 tire within a couple rides by not having enough tension on the tire…and by being a manly beast during my accelerations.
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  5. Use a climbing block so that your bike is level.  I used to use an old Thesaurus, but it actually cost more than a climbing block…unless you can find a used one at a garage sale.

    If you want to pretend that you’re going uphill, you can raise the front end of your bike even more by adding a Webster’s dictionary to the stack.  I really don’t know how this helps much except to take some pressure off your hands, and make it easier to look up when you’re watching something on TV.

    It certainly doesn’t simulate the added effort of going uphill…only the position. I suppose you could impress your mates by claiming to have ridden uphill for a solid hour.

    But the experts say to do it, so you’d better buy a climbing block from Amazon here.  Take your time…we’ll wait for you to get back.

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  7. Monitor your tire wear, because tires wear out faster on a trainer.  If you’re going to do almost all of your riding indoors during the winter, consider getting a special tire for a trainer.

    It’s made of a harder rubber, so it doesn’t wear as fast…but it doesn’t grip the road as well either, so be careful about riding outdoors on it.

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  9. Use a fan…you’ll stay cooler, and you’ll be able to share your B.O. with everyone else in the house.
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  11. Vary your position on the bike by periodically standing.  You’ll become acutely aware of just how much you’re able to shift your weight on your saddle when riding outdoors after you ride for any length of time on a trainer without shifting around.

    My saddle dishes out more pain to my ‘nether-regions’ than to any other part of my body when riding a trainer. My legs may burn, but my butt does a lot worse than that!

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  13. While I’ve ridden straight for four hours on a trainer, I wouldn’t recommend it.

    Trainers are good for ‘structured’ rides.  Intervals, tempos, riding to a training DVD, or riding when watching your favorite TV show…with hard intervals during the commercials, are all better than killing off brain cells during a multiple-hour ride on a bike trainer.

That’s about all I have for today’s tips.  Perhaps you’d like to see what CycleOps has done to put all of my ideas onto a nice video.



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