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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-12-09, 02:46 PM   #1
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Question about Trainers and Tires...

I picked up a wind trainer last week which I'm enjoying a lot. It has been rainy and cold (by NOLA standards) and getting dark much earlier so I think this will help me keep moving until the weather improves. I've done a few 10 mile trainer rides on it so far but I'm reading about the advisability of using a special trainer tire. I only have one bike with one back wheel.

Do I need to get a trainer tire? If I don't, do I have to worry about my tire wearing out sooner or worse, tire failure ?

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Depends upon the tire you are using. I use my old road tires on my rollers through the winter and get new tires in the spring. But, I run on 700c x 23.
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Old 12-12-09, 04:15 PM   #3
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I wouldn't use a $60 tire!..Pick up a $20 tire somewhere. You can use it outdoors when you have th chance plus on the trainer and not have to worry about premature wear.

I like the Serfas Seca tire from REI. Good solid tire. The Conti $20 (Ultra) punctures far too easy IMO. Heck, I like the $22 Serfas tire far more than the $30 Conti tire.
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^ Yes

OR, if your tire is really old just keep rocking it through the winter. And have a spare on hand for outdoor rides.

I have put about 50 hours in on my trainer with the same tires I rolled on all summer. It is getting squared something fierce but I expect it'll get me through the winter OK.

I don't know anything about the "trainer tires" everyone keeps recommending me. But as a cheapskate I'm much more of the "ride it 'til it breaks" school.
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Use an old tire, cheap tire, or a special trainer tire. If you're on a set of rollers, don't worry, as rollers don't wear tires much if at all.
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Use an old tire, cheap tire, or a special trainer tire. If you're on a set of rollers, don't worry, as rollers don't wear tires much if at all.
I wear out my rear tire on my rollers every winter. This year may be worse, because our snow came very damn early. I plan on getting in over 1000 miles the next two months and my rear tire will be very flat/squared off by then. I am sure the trainer is very similar, but probably a little more wear.
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I still have the same set of tires that came on the bike. They're Maxxis Fuse 700x23. I bought the bike a couple of years ago but one thing after another...this time I've been riding much more consistently. I'm still not up to long distances but I had been riding several times a week before winter stole my fun. That's why I grabbed the trainer off of craigslist, so I could keep my momentum.

I'm noticing that the rear tire is a little squared, so I guess I will pick up an inexpensive tire. Thanks!
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Oh, and I'm on a wind trainer. I picked it up for $50 and other than being a bit noisy, I like it as much as you could like riding inside. It's also giving me a chance to practice 'clipless'
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Oh, and I'm on a wind trainer. I picked it up for $50 and other than being a bit noisy, I like it as much as you could like riding inside. It's also giving me a chance to practice 'clipless'
LOL a bit noisy, that's like saying water is a bit wet. I just got a wind trainer also and it's sounds like a jet is taking off in my house, but as I live alone and am wearing my MP3 no worry's.
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I bought a Conti Home Trainer tire. I think it cost me $35 back in July. It's specific for trainer use as it handles the rubber-melting heat in a different manner than normal road tires. It's a bright yellow. Putting about 60 miles a week since the end of October, it's beginning to wear down to a black stripe down the center. I'd rather those tires wear out than my Michelin Pro3s due to trainer use.
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If you don't mind thrashing your current tire then it will be fine. It gives you the perfect excuse to go buy a new set of tires in the spring! My magnetic trainer has already thrashed one tire this year, so I have the old front tire on the rear and a new set waiting at the LBS that will be picked up once the rest of my parts order comes in. When I was there I spoke with the mechanics at the LBS who explained that special trainer tires are available and use a "different" rubber compound which has much less carbon in it hence it handles heat better. However a trainer tire is in the neighborhood of 50 bucks or so. I think I would rather buy a handful of cheapie tires when they go on sale and have the option of riding outside if the weather is nice enough. That is not an option on a trainer tire as it will get chewed up in no time.

To reduce noise from a trainer, ride it on the ground level of your home. The basement works best for this as the majority of the noise comes from vibrations in the floors.
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