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still having trainer problems...thoughts?(7 posts)

still having trainer problems...thoughts?filly
Apr 27, 2003 8:06 PM
bought a 1up trainer about a month ago. i can't seem to get rid of tire slip on the roller. i've got michelin hi-lite prestiges on, so they're nice and soft and should grip well. anyway, i'm to the point now that if i increase the tire-to-roller pressure any more to try to prevent slippage, i'll compress the tire to about half its width. i'm new to trainers, but IMO, that's way, way too much pressure--there is no way the tire should slip. but sure enough, with every downstroke, i can hear the squeal of the tire slipping. what's the deal? i am quite surprised that the roller is smooth aluminum. seems like there should be a bit of texture (like on weightlifting bars) to prevent tires from slipping.

am i all jacked up, or does everybody experience this? is it my tires?
re: still having trainer problems...thoughts?AeroTom
Apr 27, 2003 11:27 PM
That's really strange. I have ridden both trainers and rollers and have had no problems with slippage.

There could be two reasons for your bad luck

1.) I'm not sure of the tread of the tires you are running, but totally slick tires are the best with trainers/rollers.

2.) Tire pressure might be a bit low. Make sure you pump up your tires to the recommended pressure.

Hope that heaps.

oops...typo...I meant "hope that helps" nmAeroTom
Apr 27, 2003 11:31 PM
re: still having trainer problems...thoughts?lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Apr 28, 2003 5:00 AM
This might sound stupid but make sure you're using your big ring. I noticed that when using a lot of resistance and warming up in the small ring the rear tire will slip. I'm assuming its because of the amount of leverage that can be applied to the rear wheel when in the small ring. Just a thought.
Can you turn down the resistance, use big gears? nmSpunout
Apr 28, 2003 5:46 AM
re: still having trainer problems...thoughts?byker
Apr 28, 2003 5:54 AM
If the tire isn't super clean then they will tend to slip.
re: still having trainer problems...thoughts?jaybag
Apr 28, 2003 5:43 PM
I have the same trainer and same problems. I make sure that my tire is fully pumped up. I have a book that says if you want to spin make sure theres minimal pressure. So Im guessing you have too much pressure already. Back it off and work your heart, not your legs.
Also, my tire was shot after the 1st week. You need a "training tire" for the 1up. I made the mistake of using my continental 3000's and now the rear tire has a 1/2" flat spot all around. Total junk now. Hope this helps.