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Old 01-26-10, 06:19 PM   #1
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Stationary trainer eats tires?

Wasn't sure where to post this, thought this was as good as any. I have a very lightly used stationary trainer, I personally hate the thing but my work schedule is such that I have to use it for the next month or so. My problem is that it is wearing the rear tire at an alarming rate. It looks like very small specs of rubber are collecting at the bottom bracket and on the back side of the seat post. There is a flat area wearing about 1/4 inch wide down the center of the tire where it contacts the mag roller. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-26-10, 06:30 PM   #2
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Continental makes a trainer tire, worth the money
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Old 01-26-10, 07:12 PM   #3
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Less tire pressure on the drum imo.
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Old 01-26-10, 09:19 PM   #4
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Continental makes a trainer tire, worth the money
That may be, but I wonder. Performance sells a cheap tire that at the moment is less than $8 and usually is around $10. At the cost I've seen for most trainer tires you could buy three of these cheap ones, but in a pinch you can actually ride on the road in those tires. Do the trainer tires last 3-4 times as long as the cheap tires?
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Old 01-26-10, 10:04 PM   #5
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Old 01-26-10, 10:29 PM   #6
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Yep. Trainers eat tires.

The trainer specific tires apparently dissipate heat differently. I've got the Continentals and they already are very worn down (about half a year old with several hundred miles on them).

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I just use my old road tire for the winter months on the rollers and then when the weather changes I buy new tires and use them on the road. As long as you are not putting too much pressure on the tire, it will not be that big of deal. I know that I will be buying a new rear tire at some point after being on the rollers for the winter. I don't buy high dollar tires ever, because I have tried different tires and never noticed the difference. Just my $.02!!
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Old 01-27-10, 07:49 AM   #8
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I usually just ride the same tire on the trainer that I rode on the road the last season. Once spring gets here and I start going back outside, I replace the tire.
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