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Karma0072012-04-04 11:17:18 +0000 #1
Do you need a trainer wheel/tire? I may have a deal on a used CycleOps Mag Trainer, and I'm wondering how difficult it will be to use. Except for the possibility of crashing through the wall, I love the ease of my rollers. Will a trainer wear out my tire faster?
Owlie2012-04-04 11:23:09 +0000 #2
Yes, you'll wear out your tire faster. Before you invest in a trainer tire, try finding an old one that you no longer use on the road (or ask your LBS) and swap that for your current rear tire. (If you don't have one, get the cheapest road tire you can find.) If you end up with black stuff everywhere, then you may want to consider an actual trainer tire.
Karma0072012-04-04 11:23:42 +0000 #3
Do you actually change the tire every time? I'm thinking I would mount it on a cheap wheel, so it's easy to switch in and out. Often I don't know if I'm riding in or out until the morning of, so convenience counts.
Cataboo2012-04-04 12:14:23 +0000 #4
I have a busted wheel that I don't use outside (it's no longer round) mounted with an old tire and a spare cassette.

I swap it on my bike when I want to ride on the trainer.

As long as I keep the tire on that wheel pumped up to 110 psi and tighten the trainer to the wheel as hard as I can, I don't get black bits flying everywhere.

The times that I've had the black bits flying, it's been either the tire pressure was too low or it wasn't tightened enough, which allowed the tire to slip and have black bits fly everywhere.
Adventure Girl2012-04-04 12:06:18 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by tofu

I'm thinking I would mount it on a cheap wheel, so it's easy to switch in and out.

That's what I do. I mounted an old tire to a cheap wheel for riding on my trainer. My trainer eats tires! It leaves a big flat spot down the center of the tire.



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