As the weather in a few weeks starts to get bad and daylight less, I want to get everything prepped for my trainer. I have two bikes, one that I ride on the road all the time and one that is currently hooked up to my trainer. I want to ride my bike that I ride year round on the trainer as the bike that is currently on the trainer is no longer useful to train. Without doing damage to my bike I ride now is it ok to hook it up to the trainer? I'm thinking about getting a spare wheel so that I don't damage the one I currently have. Is this possible?
Hooking my bike up to the trainer
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You can hook up any bike you want to the trainer (assuming it has smooth tires) and not worry about damage from just a ride or two. If you are going to ride it on the trainer all winter, then you might want to drape a towel over it or get a sweat net to prevent rust. The trainer will wear out your rear tire a little more, so you can buy a trainer tire to keep on there. Of course, most tires wear out over a couple years anyway and some people just replace their tires in the spring anyway.
I have a bike that has lived on the trainer only for about 5 years now (about 8 hours a week in the winter and 5 hours a week in the summer). The wheels are still in great shape and is most of the bike. The chainrings have a little rust on them and the frame lug where the brake cable connects near the seat has some rust on it, but I would not call that "damage" since it's completely ridable.