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Tire wear on rollers(2 posts)

Tire wear on rollersPT
Nov 9, 2002 12:40 PM
I've got a set of rollers on loan and want to know if I'm going to get excessive tire wear (ala trainers) using them. Ideally, I just use the rollers without switching out tires (I've only got one set of wheels) so I can easily ride outside when weather allows. Any difference between front and rear tires? Thanks!
Due to heatKerry
Nov 10, 2002 11:32 AM
Unlike trainers, there is no "slip factor" wear on tires on rollers. However, particularly if you don't have metal roller drums, there is extra heat compared to road riding and so some acceleration of rear tire wear (nothing on the front). Rollers do not eat tires like trainers do, but many put on a cheap tire for winter use, since there's no benefit in lower rolling resistance, comfort, or better traction by using a better tire.