Death by TrainerBy Pro Cycling Mechanic Curtis Henry
Avoid having to tell your buddies you crashed on the trainer.
• Use the correct rear wheel skewer. Unless your bike is a 1972 Schwinn Le Tour, the skewer used to retain the rear wheel is not designed to be clamped into a trainer. Most modern hub skewers are designed to bind the wheel to the frame with a light weight lever and locknut. The locking mechanism is ergonomically shaped to function well as lever and typically has no mounting points built onto it. In order to be properly supported by the trainer clamping system, a skewer with mounting caps on each end must be used. Most trainers will come with a rear hub skewer designed to work with the clamping system. If you don’t have one, you can pick one up and your favorite shop; such as Roswell Bikes.
• Adjust/Clamp the bike and trainer correctly. Every trainer is a bit different, but all will have some type of adjustable clamping system for mounting the bike. Generally speaking though, the clamp will have and
• Set up in a safe flat area. Make sure the legs for the trainer stand are folded out correctly on a level surface. If your trainer moves when riding, it could be because something is damaged or loose and could unexpectedly take you for a ride! Check to make sure the trainer does not wobble once your bike in clamped in place.
• Moving/Spinning parts. If your trainer uses a power cord, wired head-unit, or remote adjustment check to be sure the cables or wires are secured away and gear bags and clothing are not near the moving parts. Keep in mind your trainers resistance unit, your rear wheel, and cranks are spinning very quickly and can easily shred your favorite gym shorts.
• Proper resistance unit to tire tension. If the resistance feels too light,
and a clamping side. Follow the instructions provided with your particular trainer, or ask for set up help where you purchased your unit. Don’t be afraid to drop by and see your favorite friendly mechanic with a six-pack of tasty and cold microbrew for a lesson on trainer set up! Tighten up the resistance unit, right? Not true. Increasing the tension between the roller and the tire raises
Pro Cycling Mechanic Curtis Henry is the owner of Cannon Cyclery. He can be reached at email@example.com.