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    Tires for warming up on the trainer.

    Say you show up to a race and you'd like to warm up on the trainer. Do you use a wheel with an old tire on it or just use the wheel that you're going to race on? I'm just wondering because I know that trainers are rough on tires, and every time I come off the trainer my rear tire has a silvery finish on it. But not having to switch wheels is one less thing to worry about before racing.

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    when are you racing?

    I ask because this seems like an excellent example of day before the race over thinking.

    calm down.

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    lol, in 2.5 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    when are you racing?

    I ask because this seems like an excellent example of day before the race over thinking.

    calm down.


    I have a cheap trainer wheel (Mavic Equipe) that I use for warmup. Then the trainer wheel becomes the backup wheel during the race.

    My buddy often brings his "trainer bike" to races. He will warm up on it, then get on his race bike. That's another option if you have the desire (and space) to bring along an extra bike. It saves a little time not having to switch out anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HMF View Post
    lol, in 2.5 hours.
    Like he said...calm down.

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    I have not seen any wear on my racing/training tires from the trainer, in nearly a year of use. The tire that I have been using there only hits the road once a week or so, but gets 45 minutes 3-4x per week on the trainer, and it still shows its center molding seam. I just have not been seeing any need for different tires.

    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    when are you racing?

    I ask because this seems like an excellent example of day before the race over thinking.

    calm down.
    +1 lol

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    Also, my super-aero Zipp 404's let my go really fast during my warm-ups on the trainer. I am warming up for a race, after all.

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    Don't sweat it. For races so far, I've been able to warm up on roads so I haven't had to use my race wheel/tire on the trainer but I would use my race wheel/tire for trainer warm up with out thinking twice about it. Be sure to use the proper skewer for the trainer though!

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    Hahaha, i clicked on this because i'll be warming up on my 404/race wheel in 2 hours as well. ;D
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    I have not seen any wear on my racing/training tires from the trainer, in nearly a year of use. The tire that I have been using there only hits the road once a week or so, but gets 45 minutes 3-4x per week on the trainer, and it still shows its center molding seam. I just have not been seeing any need for different tires.
    Same for me. I started using the trainer more last year, and a lot since 11/2013 (maybe 4-5 hours a week?). No noticeable wear on the tire. I heard everyone talking how trainers wear out tires, so I got the cheap wheel so I could leave old tires on it and wear them out. So much for that happening. Maybe in another 3 years I'll get to change my tire...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrell View Post
    Be sure to use the proper skewer for the trainer though!
    Which is why I change a wheel...it's easier than changing to the Kurt skewer. Well, it gets my hands less dirty. Yeah, I could wear gloves, but I always forget to pack them on race day.

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    A half hour warmup on the trainer isn't going to have any effect on tire life. Chill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
    Hahaha, i clicked on this because i'll be warming up on my 404/race wheel in 2 hours as well. ;D
    Same place, same MO. Good luck!

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    Just for the record I was asking not because I was worried about the affect on the tire on the same day, but for the longevity of my race tires in general.

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    You were thinking about the longevity of your tires when?

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    Ride your bike. When your tires are worn out, put on new tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    Ride your bike. When your tires are worn out, put on new tires.
    Done.

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    I have a separate el cheapo trainer wheel with a 105 cassette and trainer tire that I use on the trainer at home. It does not come with me to the races. I warm up on race wheels. The only thing I swap out is the skewer.

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    i spend lots of hours riding indoors due to my location and local climate. trainers, some more than others, most definitely chew up tires. whether or not that matters is up to each individual.

    the effect is more profound with trainers with a metal resistance unit / roller.

    i have found that i will get more of a severe flat spot on the tire, which will then affect handling on the road. at home, i use a beater wheel with a trainer-specfic tire and very tight cassette (11-21 or 12-21; since i'm using gearing to change resistance this gives the ability to fine-tune). one trainer-specific tire (they're cheap--i like the cycleops home trainer for $18) will basically last your lifetime. they are also designed to run quieter on the trainer. to me, this is as significant as the resistance to wear.

    until this year, i would bring that wheel with me to races. this year, i got a cheap trainer that has a gel roller. the primary motivation had more to do with warm-ups for time trials. with a road bike with vertical drop-outs, a wheel change is fast. with a TT bike with horizontal dropouts it can be more of a nuisance. also, i prefer to do warm-ups on the trainer for time trials and to end them as near to my start time as possible.

    having one less thing to do in the 5-10 minutes before my start is valuable.

    i know use the gel roller with my disc and race rubber without hesitation. yes, there will surely be some additional wear, but the gel roller minimizes this.

    a friend from the old highroad team told me they had no issues running their TT bikes on trainers will gel rollers for the full season.

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