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Trainer Question(4 posts)

Trainer QuestionBroom Wagon
Apr 9, 2001 12:51 PM
I just ordered a Kurt Kinetic trainer and was wondering if it is advisable to switch the rear tire to an older one so as to not prematurely wear out the regular rear road tire. Or does it even matter?

re: Trainer Questionpulver
Apr 9, 2001 1:33 PM
First, I will tell you the trainer is an Kurt Kinetic trainer is excellent. I have enjoyed it and have used the videos in conjunction with it. I have had no problems.

As for tire wear, I don't think it is putting any on it frankly. the roller is a very smooth stainless steel. I suppose it can't hurt to switch to an older wheel and tire if you have that available. I am using an older (Univega) bike on the trainer and simply do not use my good bike (Serotta) on the unit.

One thing to watch for is the scratching or wear that the unit has where it meets the rear hubs. Through lifting the bike in and out and the tightening effect around the hub it seems that some wear is unavoidable. You will see once you use the unit for the first time.

Good luck with it. Feel free to contact me if you have comments or questions.
Trainer will EAT your tire....TIC
Apr 9, 2001 1:35 PM
over the years I've found that my various trainers have worn my rear tire. It will produce a noticable flat spot, and will wear much faster than the front(duh) which isn't on the bike. So, if you have expensive tires installed, you may want to put on an old "beater" to use on the trainer.

Different rimLazy
Apr 9, 2001 2:35 PM
I have also noticed that my trainer (different mfg.) puts a nice little flat spot on my rear tire. To remedy this problem, and to ensure that I didn't quit using the trainer due to being, you guessed it, Lazy, I got an old rim with an old cassette and an old skewer (which can also get yucked up). Then all I have to do is swap out the rim. Works fine, lasts long time.