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Specific Trainer Tyre?
Yes, always
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No, always used a normal tyre
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Both - but I find a Trainer tyre better
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Jorgan




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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:13 am    Post subject: Indoor Trainer Tyre Choice Reply with quote

I have never used an Indoor-Specific trainer tyre before, and have not seen any detrimental effects. I always train in the garage, so heat is generally not an issue! I always use old and 'aged' road tyres, where the rubber has become hardened; but have used newer tyres too on occasion, without issue.

Just wondering what everyone else uses...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always used a trainer specific tyre but for no other reason than i bought it at the same time as the trainer and it's lasted about 4yrs so far...

Have never tried using a normal tyre.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a Schwalbe turbo tyre. It is blue. not sure of the model.
It has been on my turbo wheel for 2 years so far and has loads of life in it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a Cycleops Turbo tyre and then one day had to put a Michelin pro4 and the non Turbo trainer tyre was so much quieter! Couldn't believe how much difference it made!

Not sure if other trainer tyres are better but until then I was under the impression that Turbo tyres were supposed to be quieter!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the blue Schwalbe tyre and am on my 2nd one now.
The previous one lasted years but eventually started to crack at the sides and the tread came away.
The new one is less than a year old and is showing similar signs.
I think it might be related to the specific turbo though. I have a Bkool which has a serrated roller and the whole weight rests on the roller rather than the normal A-frame arrangement. I'm pretty heavy so there must be a lot of weight and distortion going through that contact patch.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently using an old GP4000s (must be 6 years + and it's all cracked and shiny from the roller) on a Tacx Satori.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did normally use a normal tyre but now got a specific tacx tyre, a question I have is what pressure are your tyres, I had a couple of punctures last winter on the normal tyre and one already on the turbo tyre (nothing was the same in either scenario so not and issue with a tyre or wheel specific as I have a different wheel too). 1 was during a ride and the others have been where I was on the night before then the next morning the tyre was flat. I'm now running lower pressure and been ok so far.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just use an old tyre that is a bit to worn for road use, never had an issue myself with temps or wear.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had a trainer specific wheel, so at some point that tyre sees the road. I've found a Conti GP 4 Season is good at taking trainer abuse and holding up for the road. It's not a tyre I'd race on but ok for general duties.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a few old tyres that I have chucked in a cupboard when decomissions from on-road use. I currently have 2 old GP4000s and 2 very cheap Conti things in there - these four should last me a long time.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My kurt kinetic RR trainer used to eat any type of tyre used. I went through a number of conti turbo tyres so I just used a cheap gator skin in the end
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we've got turbo tyres - put them on when I ordered some cheap wheels just for turbo use. had them on for about 6 years now
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just thrown a turbo tyre away after the sidewalls perished....but it was about 8 - 10 years old...

usually have one on a turbo wheel and one on my single speed which tends to live on the turbo these days...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Using an old gatorskin, must be 6 or 7 years old, nice and shiny and still going strong.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

triathlondaz wrote:
a question I have is what pressure are your tyres, I had a couple of punctures last winter on the normal tyre and one already on the turbo tyre (nothing was the same in either scenario so specific as I have a different wheel too). 1 was during a ride and the others have been where I was on the night before then the next morning the tyre was flat. I'm now running lower pressure and been ok so far.


I just whack it up pretty hard and leave it until it gets softish; only really use the gauge for outdoor use. I always try to remember to release the roller off the wheel after I've finished, in case the heat damages the tyre or causes a puncture. I think I've found one flat in all these years, when I've gone out to use it i.e. one flat in >20 years.

Even when I use the gauge on my Rennkompressor, I'll often use the old 'thumb test' to ultimately decide if that's the pressure I want for the conditions Very Happy
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