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Old 12-31-12, 12:35 AM   #1
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What is the best tire for trainers AND road?

I don't have the money to buy another wheel to mount another tire and I don't want a trainer specific tire.

My best guess is Conti Gatorskins. Any other suggestions?
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Old 12-31-12, 12:52 AM   #2
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I haven't done much serious cycling for the past 5 years but when I was really into it, I found that Vittoria Rubino Pro slicks were great on the road, and really quiet on the rollers. Continental Ultra 3000s were also very comfortable on the road, but noisier than the VRPs on the rollers. I'm talking bout 5 years ago, so times have changed and YMMV - Good luck!
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Old 01-03-13, 03:22 AM   #3
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Old 01-03-13, 12:00 PM   #4
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Le Mond makes a trainer replaces the rear wheel entirely.. It carries a cassette, which turns a Fan, for air resistance..
http://www.lemondfitness.com/product...ond-revolution.

save the wheel for the road..
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Old 01-03-13, 12:15 PM   #5
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I'm running performance bikes 'forte' strada-k road tires for my trainer (and probably for future road use as well).

cheap enough to tear up and test out on a trainer ($13 each at the moment) and relatively well reviewed on their website
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Old 01-03-13, 12:19 PM   #6
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Your best bet is to probably scour the internet (craigslist, ebay, etc) for a cheap wheel. A trainer can go through tires pretty quickly if you use it a lot, and so I don't know that you would save much money by not getting a wheel in the long run. Plus, when you factor in the idea that you would be compromising on the type of tire you would like to run, I just don't know that it is really worth it. Less wear on the wheel (though there would hardly be any anyway), tires, and cassette if you had a trainer-specific wheel. For me, when I got new wheels, it was a no-brainer to get a cassette that was in the ball park of a good tire in terms of cost so I could have a trainer wheel. Look for someones stock takeoff that they just replaced.
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Old 01-03-13, 01:24 PM   #7
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Yeah, a normal tire gets pretty worn after a season on a trainer, so I would avoid using anything other than a cheap tire. Whatever $19 tire the LBS has in stock will do fine.
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