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Old 11-05-22, 06:24 AM
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Help Getting On & Off Trainer

Has anyone come up with (or know of) a DIY step or platform to help getting on & off the bike easier when it's mounted in a wheel-on trainer? I am an older cyclist and developing develop hip issues make swinging a leg over a 3" higher top tube a real challenge (especially after a long, draining Zwift ride). Before posting this I did search on a variety of terms on Google and on this sub-forum along with the Indoor Training sub-forum and came up empty, so any help/suggestions will be very much appreciated. I also am posting this on the Indoor Training sub-forum to improve my odds of hearing good ideas.
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Old 11-05-22, 07:10 AM
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I don't know the extent of your hip issues and I don't have any myself but here is what I do. While facing the bike from the left side and somewhat toward the front, I clip in to the left pedal. As I stand up on the pedal, I swing my right leg around the rear of the bike and plant myself on the seat. Easy peasy. Getting off the bike is simply the reverse. Unclip the right foot, stand and swing the right leg back around to the floor on the left side. Then unclip the left foot. Of course, it can be done from either side; your preference.
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Old 11-05-22, 08:06 AM
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Perhaps parking a kitchen stepladder within reach? They’re light enough that you could grab it from the saddle and maneuver it close to the bike.
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Old 11-05-22, 09:04 AM
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Old 11-05-22, 09:10 AM
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I use a skateboard. It sits with itís axles/wheels right between the feet of the trainer so it wonít roll away.




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Old 11-05-22, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso
Perhaps parking a kitchen stepladder within reach? They’re light enough that you could grab it from the saddle and maneuver it close to the bike.
This works great.
If a stepstool is too much, not enough space available, you can get a smaller One step or Two step stool at most any hardware or home supply.
Swinging the leg over or around may still be diificult, depending on your hip issues, but you'll have a higher, stable platform to work from.
The skateboard idea - novel use ! But I could see a Jerry Lewis moment and tragedy... LOL!
Ride on
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Old 11-05-22, 11:13 AM
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Bamboo toilet trainer stool.
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Old 11-05-22, 02:46 PM
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The most obvious solution I can think of is to get an inexpensive step-through or vintage mixte bike to dedicate to the trainer. After all, there's no need for a standard men's frame or high performance bike on a stationary trainer. It also solves the problem of sweating all over, and wearing the rear tire out on, your nice bike.

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Old 11-06-22, 11:02 AM
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Thank you all for the ideas. I like Streetsurfer's set-up, just not with the wheels on the trucks (Cyclezen's warning is heeded) . Unfortunately my trainer doesn't have cross members like yours does (would have liked to repurpose the kid's old boards in the garage. In the end I like Polaris OBark's set-up, though I think I will put something more non-slip on the top (like skateboard tape).
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Old 11-06-22, 03:04 PM
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On my upstairs bike I have a ladies step through garage sale bike very easy to step over the crossbar which is quite low. No swinging of the legs over anything. On my downstairs trainer, I use a simple very light one step stool which I can push away with my foot once mounted and pull back in with my foot when I want to get off and I'm finished pedaling, like a plastic kitchen stool. That works quite well. I am 83 years old.

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Old 11-06-22, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by jolly_codger;[url=tel:22702426
22702426]Thank you all for the ideas. I like Streetsurfer's set-up, just not with the wheels on the trucks (Cyclezen's warning is heeded) . Unfortunately my trainer doesn't have cross members like yours does (would have liked to repurpose the kid's old boards in the garage. In the end I like Polaris OBark's set-up, though I think I will put something more non-slip on the top (like skateboard tape).
If interested, you can get wraps that go over the wheels which become parking stops of a sort. I keep them on one for use as a balance trainer


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Old 11-06-22, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gobicycling
On my upstairs bike I have a ladies step through garage sale bike very easy to step over the crossbar which is quite low. No swinging of the legs over anything. On my downstairs trainer, I use a simple very light one step stool which I can push away with my foot once mounted and pull back in with my foot when I want to get off and I'm finished pedaling, like a plastic kitchen stool. That works quite well. I am 83 years old.
I did the same thing just before I had total knee replacements this summer. It made my recovery SO much easier. I made some modifications for it's eventual use as my daily rider when the day comes I can no longer mount and dismount from a standard men's frame. I'm only 67 though so hopefully that's a few years down the road.
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You could try this - before you stop riding, shift to your largest gear (big ring front, small cog rear.) Unclip one foot (your preference) and grab the rear brake lever. Backpedal until your crankset is in the 3-9 (horizontal) position, then stand and swing your free leg over. Gradually release the rear brake to allow your clipped in foot to return to the lowest point and dismount.
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Old 11-06-22, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by streetsurfer
If interested, you can get wraps that go over the wheels which become parking stops of a sort. I keep them on one for use as a balance trainer


wraps or not, this just seems like a disaster waiting to happen. i'll stick with my cinder block, heavy, stable, non-slip.
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Old 11-06-22, 08:03 PM
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Take the milk crate off the rear of your shopping/townie bike and use inside along side of your trainer, then
"Just Ride"

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Old 11-07-22, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by gobicycling
On my upstairs bike I have a ladies step through garage sale bike very easy to step over the crossbar which is quite low. No swinging of the legs over anything. On my downstairs trainer, I use a simple very light one step stool which I can push away with my foot once mounted and pull back in with my foot when I want to get off and I'm finished pedaling, like a plastic kitchen stool. That works quite well. I am 83 years old.
I also have a step through bike on the trainer to aid in my hip replacement recovery.
Itís ok for someone who doesnít mind the upright riding position and I suppose adjustments could be made for a more aggressive position, but meanwhile I am able to mount and dismount with ease.

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Old 11-07-22, 08:06 PM
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A squatty potty?
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Old 11-08-22, 05:26 AM
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They make inexpensive steps for excersise. My wife uses hers for getting on the inversion table. A google search for "exercise step" will turn up plenty of them. They start at about $5 and vary widely in price. You should be able to find one that is the height you want that isn't too expensive. I am a woodworker, but, when she wanted the exercise step I decided I couldn't build anything to compete with what was on the market given the adjustability and price of what was available.
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Old 11-08-22, 03:53 PM
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I just need a few inches of step up, so I use a piece of 4x4 on the floor next to the bike.
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