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    Stationary trainer tread loss?

    I just started training on an indoor trainer a few days ago. I love it and hate it all at the same time. I am new to the sport of road cycling this past summer and live in an area where I don't have many friends who are into it to ask questions. Not to mention the local bike shops are getting tired of me i think. What I was wondering is, how much tread am I supposed to be losing on a good set of competition slicks on the trainer per ride? How tight should I have the resistance screwed down onto the tire?

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    My cyclops says to do 2.5 turns on the knob once the trainer hits the rear wheel.

    Don't use good tires on the trainer, you'll go thru them too fast. I already wasted a good speedmax. I've heard kevlar beads last longer. I've a cheap hutchinson I'm using now.

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    I'd go about 2 turns of the knob for a high pressure slick road tire. Recommendations will vary by brand though.

    Buy the cheapest, smoothest tires you can get for using on the trainer. I just got some Hutchinson Flash tires from Nashbar for $5 each. Even WalMart's tires are $8!

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    Thanks for the info. I have been using the racing slicks that came on the bike and i have only ridden three days and there is an almost melted looking ridge where the trainer hits the tire. I know they have road tires @ walmart for 8$ but they have a center ridge and a very small amount of tread. Will that sort of thing work on a trainer

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