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Old 05-24-17, 02:18 PM
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Question regarding using a trainer training tire vs regular tire

Hello everyone,

First off, mods, if this is in the wrong forum I apologize, I wasn't sure in which forum to pose this question.

I am awaiting my first trainer and wanted to ask if a trainer specific tire is a must. Will I or can I damage my new trainer by using a regular tire? Is the only benefit to a trainer specific tire that it is long lasting compared to regular tires and the idea is to save wear on your "good" tires? If that's the case I don't mind using regular tires as I have a few just sitting around that I don't care for and thought I could use these tires on the trainer.

Thanks everyone for your feedback and information.
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Old 05-24-17, 02:38 PM
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How much is a trainer tire?

I used my Conti 4000 over last winter, and I swear, both tire and trainer wore fast. This winter, if I do a repeat, I'm going to use old tires instead, unless if a trainer tire somehow is better.
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Old 05-24-17, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by supton View Post
How much is a trainer tire?

I used my Conti 4000 over last winter, and I swear, both tire and trainer wore fast. This winter, if I do a repeat, I'm going to use old tires instead, unless if a trainer tire somehow is better.
Ive seen trainer tires from different manufacturers in the general price range of $25-$50ish.

If the the sole benefit of a trainer tire is that it tends to last longer on a trainer then I would prefer to not buy one for now. I also don't want to beat up my trainer so if using a regular tire is not good for it then I will buy a trainer tire. I like to save my pennies where I can, so if no harm, aside from accelerated tire wear, comes from using a regular tire, then I will feel good about using some of the tires I have collecting dust in my garage.
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Old 05-24-17, 04:52 PM
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Don't wear out expensive high-performance tires. Low rolling resistance, flat protection, or high-grip are not things you need on the trainer. Wear out a cheapie instead.
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Old 05-24-17, 05:12 PM
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Buying a trainer-specific tire (Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer 700x23) was the best trainer-related purchase I ever made. I put 600 miles on that tire during my broken hand month, and the tire still has the mold flashing on the center of the tread. I think it will probably last forever. It's also significantly quieter than any other road tire I had tried before (at least on my CycleOps Mag+.) Keep an eye on eBay and the Amazon Warehouse. I got mine for $20 shipped.
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Originally Posted by clydeman View Post
Ive seen trainer tires from different manufacturers in the general price range of $25-$50ish.

If the the sole benefit of a trainer tire is that it tends to last longer on a trainer then I would prefer to not buy one for now. I also don't want to beat up my trainer so if using a regular tire is not good for it then I will buy a trainer tire. I like to save my pennies where I can, so if no harm, aside from accelerated tire wear, comes from using a regular tire, then I will feel good about using some of the tires I have collecting dust in my garage.
I just use old tires that are too thin or cut up to use safely on the road. When the trainer wears it down to the cords, toss it, knowing you've wrung every last mile and watt out of it.
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I've never purchased a trainer tire, but I have found old, hard, slick tires to be significantly quieter and smoother on the trainer. Like dirt-track motorcycle race tires aged in the sun, the same qualities that make riding them a poor choice on the road make them great indoors. My current trainer tires came on a 2005 Cannondale and look like they never saw pavement.
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Old 05-24-17, 06:09 PM
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Trainer tires are silly. Just use a worn out tire. If you haven't ridden long enough to wear out a tire, using a new one on your trainer will wear it out quickly enough. Or ask any of your bicycling friends to give you their trashed tires.
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Old 05-24-17, 06:54 PM
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Thanks everyone, this was informative.
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Originally Posted by clydeman View Post
Thanks everyone, this was informative.
The people you should listen to are the ones who have used both trainer specific tires and regular road tires. My own experience tells me that a trainer specific tire works better
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I just use my old road tires, why waste them and waste money on a trainer tire?
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Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
I just use my old road tires, why waste them and waste money on a trainer tire?
Because your old road tires can wear your trainer down faster.
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Old 05-24-17, 10:34 PM
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How could that happen? Tires are rubber and they ride on a ss drum.
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Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
How could that happen? Tires are rubber and they ride on a ss drum.
After about 600 miles, the center strip of my trainer tire is a rich silver from wearing off the chrome on the roller. I used a road tire for a single 45 minute session and the center of the tread was visibly silver. Rubber can beat steel, just like water beats you know... everything.
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Trainer tire?

I thought that's what you were supposed to do with the tires that you've taken off your bike, that still had a little wear left, but didn't match the new tire that you just bought.
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Hi all, I thought this would be a good thread to post this picture of the Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer tire I've had for a while... should I be concerned?
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Originally Posted by clydeman View Post
Is the only benefit to a trainer specific tire that it is long lasting compared to regular tires and the idea is to save wear on your "good" tires?
yes.

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Hi all, I thought this would be a good thread to post this picture of the Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer tire I've had for a while... should I be concerned?
Not concerned as far as safety. Well worn but a flat would just be inconvenient. My guess is that your pressure and tension are on the high side - remember the tire is not supporting any weight anymore and you only need enough tension to spin the trainer.
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Because your old road tires can wear your trainer down faster.
It's true. I have a 13 year old Nashbar trainer and there's a noticeable dip in the drum. Maybe .5mm. At this rate, I'll probably wear through it in 2057.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
It's true. I have a 13 year old Nashbar trainer and there's a noticeable dip in the drum. Maybe .5mm. At this rate, I'll probably wear through it in 2057.
Well you'll wish you'd kept your tires updated with the latest and greatest trainer tire when you do. For certain that drum won't be available in 2057
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Another rider using an old. The one I have on it now has almost 1,000 miles on it. I see no need for a trainer specific tire.
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I discovered a secret to keep your tire from squeaking while using a trainer. Sandpaper. Use some rough sandpaper to scuff up the tire a little bit. This way there is fresh rubber with better grip in contact with the drum.

I'm also an old, worn tire advocate.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
It's true. I have a 13 year old Nashbar trainer and there's a noticeable dip in the drum. Maybe .5mm. At this rate, I'll probably wear through it in 2057.
Yep, might want to keep an eye on that because you just never know.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Don't wear out expensive high-performance tires. Low rolling resistance, flat protection, or high-grip are not things you need on the trainer. Wear out a cheapie instead.
Yep, I did this 2 years ago. Put a flat area on a $100 road tire. Bought trainer tire off amazon last year for $20
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