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    Vibration on Trainer

    Hi, new to the forums, great place for all bike questions from what I've seen so far.

    Now to my actual issue:

    Recently I got a trainer on amazon to use my bike inside the house whenever I'm not able to ride it outside. The issue is vibration. When i get off my bike after using it on the trainer, my hands are arms are tingling horribly, it took me almost an hour to recover from that the other day. My hands were totally useless after training.

    Any ideas on how I can stop the vibration? Are there any specially designed handlebars or gloves you know of, or do you have any other ideas that may help?

    Thanks in advance for your support!

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    Not to sound too snarky, but it sure would be nice to have a little more information?

    Which trainer?

    What bike?

    what type of tires?

    Photo?

    Do you know what is causing the vibration? I would first think about the tire but are there any loose parts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    Not to sound too snarky, but it sure would be nice to have a little more information?

    Which trainer?

    What bike?

    what type of tires?

    Photo?

    Do you know what is causing the vibration? I would first think about the tire but are there any loose parts?
    Thanks for the reply!

    Here is a picture of the setup.

    Bike_zps64aa1ab7.jpg

    The vibration comes from where the tire grinds against the resistance part. Short of replacing the tires, I was thinking something like anti-vibration handlebars.

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    Well that explains it. Get a slick rear tire, and all your problems with vibration will go away. Or keep the knobby tire on and live with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redcon1 View Post
    Well that explains it. Get a slick rear tire, and all your problems with vibration will go away. Or keep the knobby tire on and live with it.
    +1, I don't like riding knobbies on the road because of the constant buzzing sound.

    get a slick or a trainer tire. I don't think the gloves or handlebar padding will help much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redcon1 View Post
    Well that explains it. Get a slick rear tire, and all your problems with vibration will go away. Or keep the knobby tire on and live with it.
    +2. Get a slick tire. Trainers wear out tires quickly, in my experience. But you don't need a high quality tire, as long as it's slick--a blowout on a trainer isn't a serious problem. So buy the cheapest slick tire you can find at your LBS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianogilvie View Post
    +2. Get a slick tire. Trainers wear out tires quickly, in my experience. But you don't need a high quality tire, as long as it's slick--a blowout on a trainer isn't a serious problem. So buy the cheapest slick tire you can find at your LBS.
    Well, lol, yeah... I know that is where the vibration is coming from...

    I aplogize for miswording my OP, allow me to rephrase my question. I falsely assumed since it was obvious to myself it would be obvious to everyone.

    Short of changing the tire each time I switch between riding my bike offroad outside and putting it on the trainer indoors, is there any way to stop the vibration occuring from the tires, by means of anti-vibration handle bars, gloves or any other trick of the sort, short of exchanging the tires?

    Thanks!
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    Switch to CF bars, slip some pipe insulation over the grips, wear heavily padded gloves. Try a new stem that raises the bars. Sit up regularly. The vibration won't go away with those tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountainmn View Post
    Short of changing the tire each time I switch between riding my bike offroad outside and putting it on the trainer indoors, is there any way to stop the vibration occuring from the tires, by means of anti-vibration handle bars, gloves or any other trick of the sort, short of exchanging the tires?
    You can reduce it with such measures, but you can't eliminate it. Whether the reduction would suffice depends on how sensitive you are.

    Easiest thing to do would be to get a second wheel and cassette with a slick tire for use indoors, and swap wheels when you change from riding inside to riding outside. Swapping wheels is a lot faster than changing tires.

    Alternately, if you need an excuse to buy a new bike, get a second bike for use on the trainer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianogilvie View Post
    You can reduce it with such measures, but you can't eliminate it. Whether the reduction would suffice depends on how sensitive you are.

    Easiest thing to do would be to get a second wheel and cassette with a slick tire for use indoors, and swap wheels when you change from riding inside to riding outside. Swapping wheels is a lot faster than changing tires.

    Alternately, if you need an excuse to buy a new bike, get a second bike for use on the trainer!
    Easiest thing to do is to get a cheap second bike that sits full time on the trainer.
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