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Indoor Trainer(8 posts)

Indoor Trainerriderbob
Mar 26, 2002 8:23 AM
Hello everyone,

I have a question. I purchased a Blackburn indoor magnetic trainer last weekend. I have used it twice for a total of 3 hours. I noticed where the tire meets the roller on the back of the trainer there seems to be some tire residue that comes off while riding. Does this type of trainer wear the tire out quicker or I am worried for no reason. Any comments would be helpful. Thanks in advance for your response.

re: Indoor TrainerTroyboy
Mar 26, 2002 8:25 AM
That is normal far as I know. Yes, trainers have a tendency to wear tires faster depending upon how much pressure you place against the tire, how fast you're spinning the tire and how much resistance you use. I have a trainer only wheel. Never use race tires on it. No magnet on it as I don't consider it mileage.
re: Indoor Trainermixinbeatz
Mar 26, 2002 10:12 AM
Why don't you consider it milage?
re: Indoor TrainerTroyboy
Mar 26, 2002 10:28 AM
Well, I've never put a magnet on it, never considered that work as bike miles. I also teach Spin 4 or 5 times a week. Don't consider it mileage either. Perhaps I should reconsider? I don't know. Maybe.... I guess I just kept things as actual on bike riding on the road time and then all other stuff basically tracked as hours. What do you think?
re:Not sure if the wear is any fasterdzrider
Mar 26, 2002 8:31 AM
You may well be scattering the same dust on the pavement and sticking it on the indside of your brakes. I use old tires on the trainer that aren't fit for riding on the roads. I did once get a blowout and, after some initial annoyance, thought it was pretty funny.
re: Indoor Trainerrobbz27
Mar 26, 2002 9:55 AM
Totally normal -

Unfortunately, you will wear through tires for all of the aforementioned reasons (pressure, speed, etc.

One thing you can do to make your tires last a bit longer is periodically clean that residue off the drum. All it does is attract more dirt and rubber from you tires
re: Indoor TrainerJekyll
Mar 26, 2002 10:23 AM
I also run a trainer only wheel (it was my first wheel building project a few years ago). My trainer (Performance Peak Load) does eat tires much faster than normal riding. I buy Nashbar $9 tires or what ever other cheap, smooth tire I can find at the time or if I have tires with cuts, etc that I no longer feel comfortable riding on the road. Currently running an Axial Pro which got a nasty sidewall cut after only 300 miles or so on the road. About 400 miles on it on the trainer and its just about wasted.
re: Indoor Trainerspeedisgood
Mar 26, 2002 10:31 AM
I also find it helps to properly inflate your rear tire to spec., as it keeps the friction and thus heat buildup minimal.