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Trainer tough on rear wheel/frame?(5 posts)

Trainer tough on rear wheel/frame?Money D
Mar 19, 2002 7:02 PM
My setup is a GT ZR2000 w/ Spinergy Rev'X wheelset and a CycleOps fluid+ trainer. Should I be worried about wear and tear on the wheelset/frame? I only have the one roadbike in a addition to my mt bike. I only ride 3-5 times/ week; 30-45 minutes per ride, but I'm 6'5 225lbs. Thanks.
re: Trainer tough on rear wheel/frame?LC
Mar 19, 2002 7:49 PM
As long as you don't stand and stick to spinning, it is not too bad on your bike.
Spin, don't hammer.Elefantino
Mar 19, 2002 8:25 PM
Your bike's rear triangle could be stressed to the point of weakening.

I'm 6-5, 210, and when I ride the trainer I only spin. (Actually, last summer I got into the habit of standing because I was training a little too, um, aggressively, but I sold that bike. And the trainer too.)

Focus on high rpm and you'll be fine.

it wont do your tires any favors thoughspookyload
Mar 19, 2002 10:54 PM
You should expect much more wear when using the trainer on your back tire. When I was using Grand Prix 3000 tires last year, I could actually see a little pattern of red tread under the roller after an hours ride.
re: Trainer tough on rear wheel/frame?JimP
Mar 20, 2002 3:54 PM
I have been using a trainer for over 15 years without any problems with the frame or wheelset. Tires and tubes are another issue. You WILL wear the tire more than on the road and you WILL get flats. The tire seems to heat up more than on the road, even during the Texas summers, which causes the tubes to get flats. Make sure the pressure on the rear tire is minimal but not slipping. Over pressure (not in the tire) seems to accelerate the wear and flat problems.