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2016-01-14 1:06 PM


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Subject: Bike Trainer tires
I rent race wheels when I do longer events and have been using a trainer this winter. Question is do you just use your regular wheel/tire setup (switch for races) or do you have an extra wheel set up for your trainer and switch when you go on road? I have extra cassette and tire so just need a cheap wheel but wondering if worth it to keep switching or just replace tire when burned up.


2016-01-14 1:17 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires

You could probably get a cheap wheel and use what you have. After that tire has burned up, then get a trainer specific tire. These things last ridiculously long.

2016-01-14 1:21 PM
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I use separate cheap wheel. Trainer leaves the tire a bit worn in the middle and want to avoid taking on the road. Takes 2 min to switch out wheel.
2016-01-14 1:57 PM
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I found the trainer flywheel was chewing up my regular road tire, so now I swap out the tire with one specific for the trainer (not the whole wheel), then put the regular tire back on in the spring. I won't ride outdoors in the cold, so I only have to make the swap twice a year, and I consider it practice in case I ever need to change a flat.

2016-01-14 2:07 PM
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I have a wheel for outdoor rides & one for trainer use. I prefer not to use the tire on my trainer wheel for anything but trainer sessions.
2016-01-14 2:23 PM
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I have a trainer specific tire on a separate rear wheel only used on the trainer.  It's basically the rear wheel of an old cheap wheel set where the hub of the front wheel broke and I wasn't about to pay to replace it.  So I was left with an extra rear wheel.



2016-01-14 2:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires
Thankfully I had a cheap rear wheel laying around, so once I got a new cassette for better local climbing, I threw the other onto my spare wheel, and was amazed at the difference when using a trainer specific tire.

No burning rubber smell, it's not squeaking, and I've had this one for years, and it still looks almost brand new!!!

Never going back to using a road tire on the trainer, which allows me to use nicer tires on my road wheels

Easy to swap out the whole wheel too. Shops or online you can usually find a wheel cheap that'll do the job.
2016-01-14 6:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires
I have a rear wheel that will just not stay in true. Not way out, but enough I won't ride on it. Perfect for a dedicated trainer in my garage
2016-01-14 7:09 PM
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Originally posted by Fourteenkittens

I found the trainer flywheel was chewing up my regular road tire, so now I swap out the tire with one specific for the trainer (not the whole wheel), then put the regular tire back on in the spring. I won't ride outdoors in the cold, so I only have to make the swap twice a year, and I consider it practice in case I ever need to change a flat.

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2016-01-15 9:04 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires

Originally posted by StevenC I use separate cheap wheel. Trainer leaves the tire a bit worn in the middle and want to avoid taking on the road. Takes 2 min to switch out wheel.

This.  Yes the trainer leaves a flat worn spot on the tire and I won't trust a tire outside once it's developed that wear. While they sell dedicated trainer tires I've never bought one.  Instead I just use old outdoor tires.  Once they get some wear going, I transition them to trainer tires.  Race tires don't last long at all on the trainer, maybe a couple months if I'm using the trainer regularly.  Old Gatorskins seem to last a long, long time.

2016-01-15 9:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires
I also have a separate trainer wheel with a trainer-specific tire. I got a slightly-out-of-true older wheel with cassette on craigslist for $40 and mounted a trainer tire I bought online for $59. Works great.


2016-01-15 10:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires
I pretty much follow this cycle:

1. New tire in the Spring
2. Ride outside: Spring, Summer, and Fall.
3. Ride inside: Winter
4. Return to step1

I do most of my riding (indoor and outdoor) on my road bike - so, I run Gatorskins on that bike. They are incredibly tough and hardly wear on the trainer. I race on my tri bike - so, run better tires (ProRace) on that bike.
2016-01-15 11:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires
When my old GP4000s are ready to be replaced (usually after a season of outdoor racing/riding) I usually use them as dedicated trainer tires. My current one is on it's last leg now, after over a year on my trainer with some pretty serious mileage.
2016-01-15 2:49 PM
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I ride Specialized Roubaix Armadillo tires on the trainer and general training.  I swap for Turbos when it's race time.

The Armadillos are dang near bulletproof. 

2016-01-17 3:02 PM
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I got a used cracked wheel from my LBS. It's fine for the trainer and was free.
2016-01-18 10:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires

Originally posted by Tripleplay44 I rent race wheels when I do longer events and have been using a trainer this winter. Question is do you just use your regular wheel/tire setup (switch for races) or do you have an extra wheel set up for your trainer and switch when you go on road? I have extra cassette and tire so just need a cheap wheel but wondering if worth it to keep switching or just replace tire when burned up.

I use a second bike, and leave it on the trainer.  I always seem to have a half worn tire with some cuts in it, that I don't want to ride on the road, but is perfect for the trainer.  

Never bothered to buy a tire specific for the trainer.  



2016-01-18 1:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires
Lots of options like using a spare trainer wheel, or even spare trainer bike (both pretty good ideas, depending on your resouces).

But, in our household, rather than buying trainer specific tires, we just use our old road tires, ones that might not be safe or ideal at speed outside but that are still perfectly good for many, many hours on an indoor trainer.

2016-01-18 1:34 PM
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The local bike shop had a rear wheel for sale for only $100. I use it with a Schwalbe Blizzard and it's held together pretty well.
2016-01-18 2:07 PM
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Originally posted by dfquigley

Thankfully I had a cheap rear wheel laying around, so once I got a new cassette for better local climbing, I threw the other onto my spare wheel, and was amazed at the difference when using a trainer specific tire.

No burning rubber smell, it's not squeaking, and I've had this one for years, and it still looks almost brand new!!!

Never going back to using a road tire on the trainer, which allows me to use nicer tires on my road wheels

Easy to swap out the whole wheel too. Shops or online you can usually find a wheel cheap that'll do the job.


I will second living with the irritating squeaking noise when I was using an old road tire on my trainer. No squeak or slippage with my trainer specific tire.

YRMV....
2016-01-18 4:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires
I've always just used the same tire for indoor and outdoor. When a tire wears out I buy a new one. I haven't had any major wear problems from the trainer but I'm also one that avoids indoor training if I can.
2016-01-19 8:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Trainer tires

I just use old tires that I no longer trust to ride outside with.  I also use a dedicated wheel to avoid having to switch back and forth.



2016-01-19 11:16 AM
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I have a dedicated wheel and just picked up one these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QD0DCU?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

 

Man... I had no idea my old tire was so freaking loud.  Wife gave me the nod and said much better.

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