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Helping on saving tires from trainer.(6 posts)

Helping on saving tires from trainer.JuniorRacerFL
Dec 25, 2001 3:13 PM
Hey, i got a trainer but when i use it it seems to wear down my tires pretty fast. Luckily i have an old pair of tires on. I have the tension on very lightly so its just barely touching the tire but still it sort of burns down the tire. How do i stop it?

-Chris the Junior
Answer: buy cheap tires for the trainer (nm)Kerry Irons
Dec 25, 2001 5:45 PM
try more pressure....C-40
Dec 25, 2001 7:01 PM
I use old tires to avoid wearing out good ones, but I've never experienced rapid wear. I inflate the rear tire to around 100 psi and apply enough pressure to cause a significant depression in the tire. Your problem may be due to slippage from insufficient pressure.

My current trainer is a Performance fluid resistance type with a spring-loaded tensioner that is not adjustable. The automatic tensioner seems to do the job.
Dec 26, 2001 8:05 AM
The volume of dust is impressive, but the actual wear looks to be pretty slight. A tire too thin for the road lasts a winter @ 90 to 150 minutes per week. Ride 'em til they blow up. The basement's a pretty good place for a flat.
Could your contact force be TOO light?cory
Dec 26, 2001 8:20 AM
If the tire is slipping on the roller, that could create the dust and wear. You might try increasing it a little.
re: Helping on saving tires from trainer.JimP
Dec 27, 2001 10:21 AM
Old tires tend to dry out and wear faster than new ones. This year, since I have run out of old tires for that clincher rim, I bought an inexpensive Conti with a wire bead for my trainer and haven't noticed any wear yet. Also, the new tire seems to be a lot quieter. Also, clean the trainer spindle and tire tread with alcohol periodically to help prevent slippage.