Check it out, after many years I'm on a trainer this winter. Tonight was my first night...eh..eh...boring.
Any how, I have an adjustable, magnetic-drag, rear mounting, folding style and I'm not sure how tight the roller should be against the wheel. Is there a rule of thumb as to how tight? I find it spins better with less tension and feels more like real riding, but could that be bad for the tire, I dunno?
What do you think, eh?
So boring in fact I followed up with some dumb-bell leg exersizes, squats, and extensions (if that's what they are called). What an improvement in the mirror.....I guess all that Kick-A$$ riding I did this past summer paid off..
Cervelo RS. Marinoni touring bike. Kona Tanuki. Specialized Harrock (commuter). Raleigh (early 80s) Super Gran Prix.
What Supcom said.
Plus, on my trainer I use an old tire that has been squared off/worn from normal outdoor riding. That way I am not prematurely wearing a good tire. Seems to me that a trainer will wear a tire faster, but I also MAY have the wheel tension to tight.
As for boredom, something I think, we all suffer from on these trainers. Play energic music to keep you movin. Watching TV or a movie I find does not help, I will eventually slow down.
Is there a rule of thumb as to how tight? I find it spins better with less tension and feels more like real riding, but could that be bad for the tire, I dunno?
I just started using my trainer so that I could ride while my son napped (I usualy only get on the road during the weekends).
The manual that came with my trainer said that the tire should be compressed 2-3mm after conact with the trainer. I tried with less tension, but when I started to really power, the tire kept slipping. Just play with it and you'll find the right tension for you..
BTW, I rented a TDF video yesterday, helped me imensely witht he boredom.