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Old 03-01-08, 11:49 PM   #1
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Trainer vs Cat; Trainer vs Tire

So I finally hooked the bike up to the Cycleops Fluid2 trainer; I have a couple of questions for those with trainers:

The cats are really interested and are hanging out by the flywheel; do I have to worry about missing paws?

The trainer tire hasn't arrived yet; I've got the roller just touching the tire, but the smell of burnt rubber is in the air. The tire looks and feels fine. Is this normal?
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Don't know about the cats, but the rubber smell is normal. Wont have it with the trainer tire.
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If you train them right, it could be a new way to keep their nails filed.
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Now that I think about it, I've used my trainer only once inside the house, typically in the garage, and the cat was really interested in it as well. I had to shut the door to keep her out of the room.
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Now that I think about it, I've used my trainer only once inside the house, typically in the garage, and the cat was really interested in it as well. I had to shut the door to keep her out of the room.
I was thinking that the flywheel's openings are too small to worry about, but I just dunno
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It definitely gets VERY hot back there, so I would keep an eye out. That said, if they touch it once, they'll never touch it again!

+1 on the trainer tire. Before I bought one, it smelled like burning rubber and left shavings everywhere. Now that I have the Conti trainer tire, no smell, and it seems like it's going to last forever.
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keep the cats away...if you like them, anyway.

smell is normal - and if you have near something light-colored, you may find rubber residue on it.
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My dog seems interested in my trainer, but she has never really gotten tangled in it. Normally, she watches a bit and then leaves.

I do not recall the smell of burning rubber on mine though. I mount the bike and make sure teh roller is not touching the tire. I then spin the wheel and begin tightening the roller adjustment knob. As soon as it touches the tire, I give it three good turns and I am done. Never smell burning rubber and never feel slippage.
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hmmmm...get a tire with a dynamo strip on the sidewall and they can really sharpen those nails
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You must ride to this if you are letting the cats play.
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LOL; I refuse to wear that wig; you never know when the super may walk in on you.

update: I received the Conti yellow trainer tire and I almost lost my paws trying to get it on. I locked the cats in the bedroom, out of the danger zone. Still, when one part goes on, another pops off. I have given up and will leave it for Bay Ridge Bikes to attempt. Until then, the rubber burn fest continues.
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LOL; I refuse to wear that wig; you never know when the super may walk in on you.

update: I received the Conti yellow trainer tire and I almost lost my paws trying to get it on. I locked the cats in the bedroom, out of the danger zone. Still, when one part goes on, another pops off. I have given up and will leave it for Bay Ridge Bikes to attempt. Until then, the rubber burn fest continues.
try this method.

http://www.teamestrogen.com/articles/asa_levers.asp
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LOL; I refuse to wear that wig; you never know when the super may walk in on you.

update: I received the Conti yellow trainer tire and I almost lost my paws trying to get it on. I locked the cats in the bedroom, out of the danger zone. Still, when one part goes on, another pops off. I have given up and will leave it for Bay Ridge Bikes to attempt. Until then, the rubber burn fest continues.
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I have the cyclops magneto, and ahh now I see - you have a more open "wheel" (I'll have you know young man, that I Googled your Cyclops machine so I could answer back with the correct part (freakin open wheel or such) - and instead I brought up a Google screen with an early option that looked like it had the info I wanted.

<click>

Oh.


One nekkid man's butt backshot on the back of a bike on that Fluid2 trainer!

<OK, back to business - looking for the part's name - TRAINER PART, mind you - scrollling ...>

OK, now a front shot of nekkid man on trainer.


Why would anyone, especially a man ride naked? hehe and post it? OH MY!


ANYWAY - While my wheel thingees (not looking anymore tonite, hehe) is more or less enclosed - the cats in the house don't care for the whirring (even though your's is much more quiet), nor did they seem like they like the "breeze" from the whirring wheels either. and putting a light weight mesh screen over the open wheels probably wouldn't be good cause they'd latch on. I think when you get on it - shoosh the cat's away and ride - the whirring will keep them away.
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Shoot, the Michelin Krylions I had on my Velocity Deep V's were a bear to get on and off. I eventually put the stock tires back one because of the hassle. I too had issues with the Conti tire, but I found a thinner wheels < 19mm was the ticket. I use the wheels from my old bike, Mavic Reflex 17mm, as my trainer wheel and the Conti tire fits on very easy. Now I just change wheels and go.
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Yeah, I think if one spends alot of time on the trainer, get a trainer tire and a trainer wheel. Heck, heavy might even be an advantage here. I tend to ride my Falcon on the trainer, and leave the cheap tires on it and ride my Trek on the road, so I leave the good tires on it.

I do like the technique listed in my link and I have found though that if you take the time to work the tube up into the tire and work the tire down into the rim, as that article describes, you can get a tire on, or most of the way on without levers. I do not have a problem with levers, and I use them as needed.
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