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Trainer damaging rear tyre

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Asked by: Sean Marquis

Do trainers damage bikes?

While the “riding on a trainer will damage your carbon frame” myth has been officially busted, indoor riding can still pose a threat to your bike in two ways: wheel strain and sweat corrosion. We’ve put together an exhaustive list of common trouble spots reported by riders who train regularly on Zwift.

Can you use a regular tire on a trainer?

Smooth tread works better: Look for a standard road tire with a fairly smooth tread in the center designed for all-around use and it should perform reasonably well on the trainer. Keep your tire and roller clean: Whatever tire choice you make, it’s important to keep the tire clean.

How tight should my wheel on trainer be?

You want the roller/tire contact point to be tight enough so that the tire does not slip as you pedal, but not so tight that it significantly increases the resistance provided by the trainer mechanism itself. Note that your rear tire will wear out significantly during your indoor training season.

Do I need a trainer TYRE?

As it heats up, a regular tire used on a trainer will quickly start to break down and could leave black rubber residue on the barrel or around your indoor setup.

How do you protect bike tires on a trainer?

Yes, Bike Trainer Tape is an adhesive protective layer that is meant to be applied directly to your tire with claims of keeping those pricey tires in good shape… If playback doesn’t begin shortly, try restarting your device.

Do indoor bike trainers wear out tires?

Stationary trainers are known for eating away at rear tires because of the pressure used to press it against the drum. Since the bike doesn’t move or lean like it would outdoors, all this pressure is concentrated on a very small portion of the tire’s tread, leading to a worn out tire.

Are turbo trainer Tyres quieter?

Trainer tires tend to be quieter, but also they last a lot longer on a trainer than a normal slick tire.

Can you use tubeless Tyres on a turbo trainer?

I changed out to Orange Seal stems that have a big square mushroom, and no problems since. So in my experience, tubeless works fine on trainers.

Can you use mountain bike tires on a trainer?

At a minimum, purchase a training tire for use when riding your mountain bike on a trainer. This tire should have a durable compound and have a smooth tread. As I mentioned above, soft compound tires with tread can melt on a trainer! Plus, tires with tread cause extra noise.

How do I level my bike trainer?

Quote from video: One side of your quick-release. Into one of the sockets on the trainer. And then clamping the other side. Down. Now as you can see to get the bike.

How do you use a kinetic trainer?

Quote from video: Once it's centered close the lock ring on the non-drive. Side. Next tension the resistance unit against the tire tighten the knob until the roller makes contact with the tire. Then give the knob.

Why does my trainer tire keep going flat?

Possible reasons for the flat could be a damaged rimtape on your wheel. Check the rim tape, that was my problem. Also, Make sure the tire bead is properly set. Those skinny tires can pinch a tube (when pumping).

What is the difference between fluid and magnetic bike trainers?

In a fluid trainer, the “roller” on the trainer connects to an impeller that rotates through fluid, providing the resistance for your pedal stroke. In a magnetic trainer, there is no fluid involved. Rather, there is a magneto which you can manually adjust to the desired resistance level.

Are bike trainers hard on bikes?

In general, bike trainers are very safe to use on bicycles, even very expensive carbon fiber bikes. However, there are a few ways to damage your bicycle and its components with a trainer.

How long should I ride my bike trainer?

Indoor rides should last anywhere from a 30 minute recovery ride to a 2 hour structured effort. Most rides should fall in the 60 to 90 minute range.

Can you use any bike on a turbo trainer?

Turbo trainers are designed to be used with road bikes and as long as you have a reasonably recent model, then you shouldn’t have any trouble hooking it up. There’s also no reason why you can’t use them with a hybrid bike or even a mountain bike.

Do I need a trainer skewer?

Yes you need to use the skewer for the trainer. Normal skewers aren’t made for the forces that compress the wheel. It’s not that hard to swap out. If you don’t your risking a catastrophic failure on the road.

Can I ride outside with trainer skewer?

Yes, the trainer skewer is safe for road use if you don’t want to swap it out every time you take your bike outside.

Can I ride on my trainer skewer?

3. You can damage your components. If you mount your bike using a skewer, make sure you use the one that’s specific to your trainer; a skewer from a wheel may not hold your bike securely. “Worst case scenario could result in the bike slipping and falling out of the turbo,” says Smith.