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2012-01-18 3:40 PM

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Subject: Tire squeaking and slipping on trainer
I got new tires on my bike last spring that I barely rode since for several reasons. Now when I try to ride on the trainer no matter how much I tighten the wheel thingy against the tire it slips and squeaks/squeals. I've cleaned the tire well with alcohol but it still does it. How do I fix this?Edit to add: it never did this with my old tires. The new tires are Michelin pros and I have 120 psi inflation. I do not have a trainer tire and don't have the cash for one right now.

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2012-01-18 3:46 PM
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Mine did this for a while until I had worn them in a bit. I had new tires as well. I also found that making sure they were aired up helped.
2012-01-18 4:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Tire squeaking and slipping on trainer
Do you have your old tires? If so I'd put them on instead of ruining your new tires.
2012-01-18 4:06 PM
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KathyG - 2012-01-18 5:00 PMDo you have your old tires? If so I'd put them on instead of ruining your new tires.
No, I didn't keep my old tires. I had planned to put a lot of miles on the new ones over the summer but that didn't happen. So these tires are new and the only ones I have
2012-01-18 4:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Tire squeaking and slipping on trainer
Have you ever heard the phrase "wear the new off them"?

The shiny stuff is a release agent. You need to ride them on rough surface (the road, for instance) until there's no shiny left on them before they'll stop.

You can take it out on 'em on the trainer but it'll take longer.

2012-01-18 4:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Tire squeaking and slipping on trainer
Why waste new tires on the trainer? Put some cheap training tires on.


2012-01-18 4:20 PM
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indianacyclist - 2012-01-18 5:16 PM Why waste new tires on the trainer? Put some cheap training tires on.

x2 ...I am a little rusty on the cost of tires but you will burn through those Mich pro race 3 pretty quickly.  IMOP you will waste through more money that way....or buy gatorskins which i use on the trainer and they are "indestructable", or at least I think so

2012-01-18 4:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Tire squeaking and slipping on trainer
My bike shop doesn't even carry a trainer tire. They just sell me their cheapest--think $20--road tire and I use it on the trainer until it falls apart. Some of these tires last a long time so it is a pretty nominal investment. With nice tires costing $50-100 I never use them on the trainer.

It only takes a couple minutes to change a tire and it is good practice in case you get a flat on race day.
2012-01-18 5:32 PM
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I have a very old wheel relegated to trainer status with a used tire. The LBS might give you a throw away
2012-01-18 6:15 PM
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LGraff - 2012-01-18 3:46 PM Mine did this for a while until I had worn them in a bit. I had new tires as well. I also found that making sure they were aired up helped.

Not sure about the newness issue but I had trouble with squeaking tires too. I read somewhere to make sure the tires are aired up and the tension is tight enough on the trainer. Tried it and bingo - no more squeaking.

2012-01-18 8:08 PM
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If your LBS is where your new tires (or bike) are from them, go smile
nicely at them and ask them for a used take off to use on your trainer.
Even if they aren't they should be able to furnish you with one, if they have nothing used and they can't sell you a tire for under $15 then you are probably in sports authority not a bike shop...


2012-01-19 8:57 AM
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Subject: RE: Tire squeaking and slipping on trainer
This is exactly the reason why you should order a trainer tire... if you LBS can't get you one, go online and place the order.

Not only is the slipping annoying, but you are losing some of the quality of your training as well. You should really be able to do a full out sprint on the trainer without any slip at all.

Also, you probably don't need to inflate the tire to 120psi... just because that's the max doesn't mean that you should. I would say 100psi would be sufficient, especially on the trainer where the slightly lower pressure will create a contact patch that is larger.

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2012-01-19 9:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Tire squeaking and slipping on trainer
I got a dedicated trainer wheel with trainer tire on it this winter and am enjoying the complete non-slippage and zero squeeks.  The old tire I used last year was a Michelin 4000 and it squeaked no matter what I tried.
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