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Old 01-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Riser block a must for riding on a trainer?

Hey guys. Need some insight. I just bought a used Blackburn Fluid trainer. I'm wondering, do I need a riser block for the front? or is the bike stable enough with just the rear on the trainer?



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Old 01-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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It all depends on how you feel on it. If you feel like you are leaning forward you can either buy the block, or just take 2 foot long pieces of a 2 x 8 and screw them together and that should be high enough (3"or so) to make you level. I did this for two years in my basement. I have since moved the bike upstairs, and my son bought me the block for christmas. I don't realy notice any difference between the 2 x 8's and the block. As far as the trainer being stable enough on its own. The cyclops I own is more than enough by itself. I just felt like I was always leaning forward without something under the front tire.



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Old 01-18-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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Cool. Thanks.

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A riser is not necessary but you will need something to prop the front wheel up so that the bike sits level. Otherwise the front end will be lower and you will put a lot more pressure on your groin and arms/hands.

I used my trainer for a few weeks without one, I just put a bunch of foam mats underneath but I bought the CycleOps climbing riser and that it was worth the money. It keeps the front end stable and has 3 level adjustments and can even be used with a mtb tire should I want to throw my mtb on the trainer.

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