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    Trainer for mountain bike

    I would like to get a trainer so i can ride my bike inside. The one i was going to get is the 1upusa trianer. Is this a good one? I have a stumpjumper now and I was wondering if I could use the knobbie tires with the trainer or would I have to put slicks on. I really do not want to have to change tires. Thanks for helping

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    Unless the trainer you have in mind is one where the resistance unit contacts the rim, rather than the tire, you will want to use a slick. Knobby tires make a racket on a trainer and, I'm told, they are hard on the trainer's bearings. Just get a cheap slick, no sense in wearing out a pricey one on a trainer. And, of course, you will only need one on the rear tire, unless you are riding rollers.
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    some trainers are made just for MT bikes, they connect to the rim, and not the tire

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    Lose the knobs (at least the back one) if you're going to use your MTB with a trainer. I recently bought a CycleOps Fluid3 trainer and put my MTB on it to see how it would go -- couldn't turn the TV up loud enough to mask the howl of the rear tire against the roller! Get a slick for the back tire and you'll be much happier with the setup. Changing tires is good practice anyway...

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    or you can buy a road bike
    thats what i did

    It's a good reason to get a new bike and road bikes are cool because sometimes I get burned out with my mountain bikes and want to do something different. Plus its a really good training tool.

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    you could look into a spare wheel setup for just the rear that you could use. you could just get a cheap one for training. you might also consider another bike. you can get a an old rigid for dirt cheap. thats what i run on my 1up. I have an old mongoose with a specialized nimbus tire on it. The fsr is for the dirt. The 1up trainer is pretty quiet with a slick though. I really enjoy mine. good luck.

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    Do you think HYPER-RIM ALU-LW made by minoura would work good with my knobbie tires. Thanks alot here's a website if you want to check it out. http://www.minoura.co.jp/index-et.html
    Thanks a lot for your help for pointing me in the right direction.

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