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Cyclops fluid trainer causing excessive wear on tire(6 posts)

Cyclops fluid trainer causing excessive wear on tirePaddyrides
Jan 19, 2004 9:34 AM
I recently purchased a Cyclops fluid trainer. I've put in about 12 hours of pretty intense work outs over the last 3 weeks. I took my bike off the trainer for maitennace and noticed some grit over the back of the bike. On closer examination, I relized that this substance was rubber and then noticed my rear tire was worn flat! The tire ia a Continental Grand Prix 3000 < 1 yr old with about 2000 miles on it and it had tread before I put it on the trainer.

Is this normal? I did increase the height/tension of the resistor unit as I thought I was not getting enough resistance. Could this have been the problem?


Quite normal...Dwayne Barry
Jan 19, 2004 9:37 AM
the solution is to use an old wheel with worn out tires and swap it out with your normal wheel whenever you ride the trainer.
Buy cheap tires to use on trainerbimini
Jan 19, 2004 9:50 AM
I am currently using a very cheap wire bead Conti Sport 1000. Holds up better than a good tire and if it wears out, no big deal at $10-15 each.

Trainers are hard on tires especially softer sticky types of high performance tires.
Yeah, my Cyclops is really wearing out my Pro Racehrv
Jan 19, 2004 10:14 AM
Just chewing it up. Don't care; I have a whole 'stable' of retired Pro Races with varies cuts, etc. that I don't feel save riding on the road.

re: Cyclops fluid trainer causing excessive wear on tireFender
Jan 19, 2004 1:55 PM
A buddy of mine would put a layer of black electrical tape over his tire when on the rollers (usually winter). The tape would hold up pretty well, only having to put a new strip after every 5-6 hours, and it's a lot cheaper than a new tire.

I just save old worn out tires and use them on the trainer.
re: Cyclops fluid trainer causing excessive wear on tireSquint
Jan 19, 2004 2:47 PM
On rollers? What size drums do his rollers have? It takes a long time to wear out tires on my rollers but I have a resistance unit instead of generating resistance by flexing the tire.