Honestly, I almost didn’t buy this thing because I was completely intimidated by the nebulous directions to remove my bike’s skewer and replace it with the one that comes in the box before attaching the new bike trainer. Wouldn’t my gears just fall apart? I didn’t know. This was new to me.
I had already figured out that there are four types of bike trainers — roller, wind, fluid, and magnetic resistance — and that the low-end ($100) magnetic resistance one would most likely meet my current needs (product testing, exercise on days when I can’t get out of too-dangerous-to-ride suburbia, potential use in classes to teach an intro to gearing, and for demonstrating riding options for those with certain mobility issues).
I had already gone to Dicks’ Sporting Goods (despite my ban on that place due to its lack of bike parking) and been told that, yes, they have bikes with training wheels (when I had asked if they had bike trainers).
I had already watched not one, not two, but three YouTube videos about using a bike trainer and couldn’t figure out the skewer thing until the third. (If interested, you can read about a whole slew of new mechanical things I’ve learned while doing this bike thing in my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike).
For the record, it’s a breeze to remove and replace the skewer. But then, I learned first-hand how bikes with thick treads, like Data (pictured at the top of this post), are unbearably noisy on the bike trainer. So I switched it out with Magic (which, I’m happy to report, is a two-minute maneuver), and she hums like a song. All I need is a fan to blow her streamers.