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  • Old Raleigh racer won’t fit new CycleOps turbo trainer

     darrenvt2 updated 11 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 8 Posts
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  • leifal

    Member
    25 November 2009 at 9:36 am

    Hi everyone,

    Following previous posts I decided to get the CycleOps Mag+ turbo trainer. (thanks again for your input)

    I tried to set it up last night but the supplied skewer is much longer than the original quick release skewer on my Raleigh Record Sprint.

    Has anyone encountered this before?

    Does anyone know if I:

    A) Can use the turbo trainer using my Raleigh as it is, with the original skewer?

    B) Need to adapt the CycleOps skewer?

    C) Need a new skewer entirely?

    D) Need a new bike/turbo trainer?

    My preferred option is to use my bike’s existing skewer in the turbo trainer, but I’m not sure if it will be secure enough.

    All advice much appreciated!

  • hugo15

    Member
    25 November 2009 at 12:20 pm

    The width of the rear drop outs on old bikes is narrower than on modern bikes. What exactly is the issue? Is it that you can’t get the skewer to tighten? I use my late 1980’s Raleigh on the turbo with no problems, however I think from memory that the the nut on the skewer has a hole in the middle so I can get it tight (it’s a Tacx one).

    I think I have read somewhere that you shouldn’t use a normal skewer.

  • leifal

    Member
    25 November 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Dale,

    Thanks for responding.

    You’re right, the nut has a hole in it, but I ran out of thread on the skewer before it got tight. I think a few washers or spacers will do the trick though. Going to try that. May return if that fails!

    (I asked this question on another forum and that was the suggested solution.)

    Thanks again!

  • leifal

    Member
    27 November 2009 at 11:26 am

    Solution: buy some washers.

    I added about five washers to either side of the skewer. That did the trick.

    In other news, I had no idea that turbo trainers were so noisy! I thought my kitchen was going to shake itself apart. I actually had to stop because my partner was trying to get an early night…

    So I think turbo training belongs in the garage.

    Any tips for minimising the vibrations from a turbo trainer?

  • HarryB

    Member
    27 November 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I had no idea that turbo trainers were so noisy!

    They’re not. Well, not all of them

    Any tips for minimising the vibrations from a turbo trainer?

    Yes, buy a Tacx.

    Seriously, you could try putting some rubber flooring or a yoga mat underneath it. Failing that you’re stuffed. Some turbos are just very noisy

  • darrenvt2

    Member
    27 November 2009 at 7:27 pm

    god i had one of those when i was a kid all that black and lovely gold think that was my very first racer 🙂

  • hugo15

    Member
    28 November 2009 at 6:39 pm

    god i had one of those when i was a kid all that black and lovely gold think that was my very first racer 🙂

    I’m still riding my Raleigh Triathlon that I had as a kid 😆 . Got it when I was about 14 or 15. No in service as my winter bike. Classic steel Reynolds 531 frame, weight a tonne by today’s modern bike standards but is a lovely ride.

  • darrenvt2

    Member
    28 November 2009 at 10:41 pm

    i’m still kicking myself as told my sister to give the bike away a few years ago before i got back into cycling although there is one laid in a corner of the bike shed at work which needs a loving home i think 😉

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