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Rug burn from trainer... on brand new rug!(13 posts)

Rug burn from trainer... on brand new rug!dpitkin
Jan 15, 2002 6:00 AM

We got a new carpet installed yesterday, this morning I busted out the trainer and rode for a while, now there is a black mark on the brand new carpet!!! Anyone else ever do this? What is the best stuff to get this mark up??

Thanks so much, I plan to goto the store tonite and get a bunch of chemicals to see if I can get the mark up.

Jan 15, 2002 6:22 AM
Been there - got the rug cleaned afterwards. The black is probably carbon from the rubber in the tire. I then got a big piece of cardboard to put under the trainer.
Check the tire pressure to make sure it is high enough and the pressure of the roller on the tire - just enough to eliminate any slippage. This will reduce the black dust.
re: Rug burn from trainer... on brand new rug!Mootsie
Jan 15, 2002 8:39 AM
Been there as well. I used an aerosol spot remover that you can get at any grocery store. It'll take it up in a hurry.

I tried putting a variety of things under the wheel to prevent it from happening again. The carpet will flex under your weight and the wheel will rub on anything you put under it unless you create a stable base under both the trainer and the wheel. I use a piece of wood and then balance it off with a smaller piece under the front. Looks ugly, but it works.
The scuff of death--cost me $1300cory
Jan 15, 2002 8:43 AM
With luck, it's just rubber dust from the tire, and eventually it will clean up. When I got my trainer, the rear wheel just barely brushed the carpet, and it dug a hole (fortunately it was an old rug we were due to replace anyway). We screwed around with it for a couple of weeks, then had the room recarpeted.
I don't know the best way to clean it up (obviously, since I couldn't). To prevent it, though, I took an old hall runner from my daughter's room. It's about 6 feet long by 2 feet wide, and it ALWAYS goes under the bike on the trainer now.
You might also block up the legs of the trainer (my Performance trainer lets the wheel hang down very close to the surface). I use half a concrete paver under the rear legs of the trainer (no need to block all four legs), then a standard brick under the front wheel to level it up.
re: Rug burn from trainer... on brand new rug!dpitkin
Jan 15, 2002 9:13 AM
Its not dust, its from the tire rubbing the carpet... But I only did it one day. The old carpet was thin enough that I did'nt rub it The new carpet is much higher.

I used the wood block method at our old place and I will have to go back.

I am going to try some cleaners tonite wish me luck. The carpet got installed yesterday!!

How did you guys convince your wives . . .morrison
Jan 15, 2002 9:20 AM
to let you ride in the house? I am stuck in the garage with the rest of the crap she-who-must-be-obeyed stores in there until she decides to get rid of it!
How did you guys convince your wives . . .JimP
Jan 15, 2002 10:50 AM
I had the trainer in my out of town apartment. I have the trainer in the garage at home with a fan and tv. The garage is actually better since you can open the door to help control the temperature.
How did you guys convince your wives . . .dpitkin
Jan 15, 2002 10:53 AM
we only have one TV...

I think from now on I am going to ride in the office with the tile floor. Especially if I can't get the burn out of the rug!

try Resolve. Always worked for me. nmbill
Jan 15, 2002 12:17 PM
Resolve saved the daydpitkin
Jan 16, 2002 9:50 AM
The burn came right up. Resolve rocks the house.

Now I am riding on an old throw rug untill I get a chance to get another board to rise up.

crisis averted! Thanks to all...

Next winter I think I might get myself some rollers!

Build a frame for itmr_spin
Jan 15, 2002 12:26 PM
I had this same thing happen, so I built a "frame" out of cheap lumber to protect my carpet. It's basically just a big rectangle--anyone with a few hand tools can do it. You'll need a hand saw, a screwdriver, some carpenter's or white glue, and ideally, a power drill.

Imagine if you shone a light directly above your rollers. The shadow it makes is essentially what you are going to build.

Go down to your local home center and buy some 1 x 6 pine. Fir is better, but pine is cheaper. Check the boards--try to get the flattest, straightest ones, since pine tends to curl up. If your frame has too much curl, it will make a lot of noise as it bangs against the rollers.

You'll need enough wood to make two "runners" which have to be a little longer than the roller unit. That's probably around 5-6 feet on each side.

You need more wood to tie the runners together with cross bracing. You'll need slightly more than the width of the rollers. Put a brace at each end of your runners, and one in middle to stabilize the frame and keep it square.

Three 6-foot lengths should do it.

Size the rollers, cut the pieces to size, then lay them out. Before fastening anything, put the roller unit on to make sure your braces line up with the roller legs. Mark where the braces go, remove the rollers. Put some glue (not too much or it will squeeze out the sides) where are all your pieces meet, add a few screws, and you are almost done.

To keep the rollers from slipping off the frame, you need to add some "stops." For this step, put the rollers back on the frame. Out of the leftover wood, cut some small blocks, roughly 1 inch square (doesn't have to be perfect!). Position them against the outside edges of the roller legs at each corner (don't worry about the center legs). Glue the blocks in place. Add screws if you like, but drill a pilot hole first or you'll split the wood. Leave the stops slightly loose or it will be difficult to get the roller unit in and out.

That's it. It's a 30 to 45 minute project that will save your carpet. You'll be about 1 1/2 inches higher than you were before.
Been there .. Done that ...IF Rider
Jan 15, 2002 6:24 PM
First and most important ... Hopefully the installer left some pieces of scrap. If they did, hold on to it and don't let it out of you sight. I had an iron fall off the ironing board onto our newly installed wall to wall. It immediately melted the carpet. Luckily the installer left a large piece of scrap. He was able to cut the offending section, match the knap of the carpet and cut a replacement piece from the scrap and install it. He used a combo of a heat activated glue and stitching. Can't tell where he installed it. Now prevention.

I cut a piece of 3/4 plywood just labout an inch wider than the trainer. I got a couple of steel speaker spikes from the old parts bin (these install in the bottom of floor standing speakers to stabilize them on thick carpeting). In installed them in the four corners. A word of caution, these spikes make their way though the carpet to the under floor. If you have nice hardwood under the carpet, don't use the spikes. In my case, I had plain old subfloor under there. This really stabilized the trainer on the carpeting. Without the spikes, the trainer would rock pretty seriously on the thick carpet/padding combo. I then used a riser block under the front wheel (Cyclops). This worked great.

I just installed hardwood floors and have since been relegated to the basement. At least it is cooler down there.
That stuff is tiny bits of rubber spraying off your tire. (nm)allervite
Jan 15, 2002 9:21 PM