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Trainer Squeaking - from lots of use?

equus1232010-05-02 17:22:32 +0000 #1
my trainer question or problem seems to be affected by serious time/miles put on my trainer.... Okay, so it seems that I may need to have a piece replaced on my fluid trainer but I wanted to "ask around" to see if anyone else had this problem.

I ride my trainer a lot and usually between 1-2 hours each time I get on. I noticed that a while ago, a little groove began to develop (as well as smoothness) on the metal drum that touches the rear tire. now its to the point that you can definitely feel a big difference between that band that goes around it and the rest of the metal. Also what has annoyed the living hell out of me is that no matter how pumped/flat, cleaned/dry/wet (adding a few drops of water onto the tire while spinning sometimes removes the squeak) my tire is - IT SQUEAKS LOUD AS ALL HELL. So I'm beginning to think that the path worn into the metal is the culprit for the super squeaking. One thing that stinks is that its the type of trainer where only one side is adjustable (the other is fixed), so when you tighten the trainer's hold on the skewer, the tire is in the same spot every time.

Has anybody else had this problem and if so, any remedies??? Thanks

equus1232010-05-02 17:35:55 +0000 #2
Eden - I deleted the other thread....posted twice by accident.

I've used Vredestein Fortezza and Panaracer Stradius tires on this trainer and same result every time - super loud and high pitch sqeaks 10-20 minutes in.
MissMoni2010-05-02 17:46:26 +0000 #3
Have you tried calling the company? Some of them have great customer service and they might even send you a new drum??? Or replace your trainer if it is under warranty.
aicabsolut2010-05-02 18:30:17 +0000 #4
What trainer do you have? Is it a CycleOps fluid? They have excellent replacement policies on the resistance units.
spokewench2010-05-02 18:20:52 +0000 #5
I have a trainer where the tire rests on the drum - this is the first time I've had this type of trainer in my 20 years of cycling. I'm not sure what kind of noise you are getting, but I got on my trainer after not riding it for a couple of weeks this morning and my tire was making all kinds of noise. All of a sudden it came to me that it was probably because I had a low tire.

And, so, I got the pump and pumped the tire up to its recommended psi and what do you know, the noise stopped!
equus1232010-05-02 18:07:23 +0000 #6
it's not a tire pressure issue.

i ended up just tightening the knob tighter than i normally do. the downside now being that i really can't use my 53 in the front because it's already a "hard" resistance trainer. oh well.



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