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trainer causing tire troublejust starting out
Apr 28, 2002 4:18 PM
I've been trying to warm up before races with my trainer but am finding that it burns or shreds my back tire (I've got a cycle ops mag trainer). If I keep the resistance super low, I don't have that problem, but I'd like to be able to do intervals and get my heart rate up before racing -- and of course there isn't always an open road on which to do that. Any suggestions?
It's about pressureKerry
Apr 28, 2002 5:03 PM
Either not enough in the tires or too much from the trainer. Assume that your tires are pumped hard for the race, so that shouldn't be it. Racing tires are pretty thin, so there's not much rubber there. How about warming up with some backup wheels that have heavier tires?
Always max tire pressure on a trainerjw25
Apr 30, 2002 10:10 AM
and make sure the roller has solid, but not overheavy, contact. I don't remember what the Cyclops trainer uses to tension the roller, but if it's a dial, I like to turn it until I get contact, then add half a turn. I check by spinning the wheel by hand, very fast, and if it squeaks, I add half a turn more and try again.
I watched a friend smoke a tire on a trainer, by not dialing in enough contact. The tire would slip and spin, and this friction melted enough rubber to leave a 1/4" flat strip, and a thick black ring on the trainer. Not a pretty sight, but at least it was outside, so the smell dissipated.
Kerry's suggestion is good, too. Just bring a spare wheel, and swap out before the race. Shouldn't tale more than 5 minutes, probably less, and you can always toss that one in the wheel pit/truck.
re: trainer causing tire troubleFender
Apr 30, 2002 2:16 PM
a buddy of mine would use black electrical tape on the tire. That way the tire would not wear off like they typically do on trainers. you can then take it off before you start the race. I tired it and it really works.
re: trainer causing tire troubleBil Bikie
Apr 30, 2002 3:35 PM
Hi-

The trainer is no substitute for the road. Just use it to warm-up and break a sweat

-Bil Boike
re: trainer causing tire troublemixinbeatz
May 1, 2002 9:23 AM
I am curious what you mean by the trainer is no substitute for the road. For me it is a better substitute than the road, 30 minutes on the trainer is almost always better than 30 min on the road. There are no distractions, stop lights or stop signs to hinder my training and or warmup.
re: trainer causing tire troubleBil Bikie
May 2, 2002 5:45 PM
Hello-

I'd use the trainer for warm-up only for time trial...break a sweat, elevate the heart. The race is on the road not on the trainer.
Actually rollers would be better...more natural pedaling action
(see below).

I always get a better workout on the road than on a trainer...and who'd rather ride indoors on a trainer than on the road?? On the road the entire body comes into play...pushing, pulling, standing, and sitting, and the wind too is a factor. Also when you pedal down the road the bike DOES move under you somewhat. The static nature of the wind trainer relative to the bike does not allow for those nuances in the pedaling action. So again, if you must ride indoors, try rollers.

I wish it would warm up here in Minneapolis. I don't like riding when it's below 50.

Stay upright,
-Bil Bikie