Turbo is eating my tyres

by jimmo62   January 20, 2013  

With all this snow I have been mostly riding a turbo in my garage. After each ride I have a pile of rubber particles (about 1mm in size) on the floor behind the bike. It's a TACX magnetic trainer (usual friction drive setup) - is this a sign of too much/too little tension, tyre pressure, worn turbo or just one of those things that happens with a turbo?

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Jimmo

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Turbos will shred a normal road tyre.

I bought the cheapest 10 spd wheel I could find, a cheap 10-spd cassette and a Continental turbo tyre, which works fine.

posted by thereandbackagain [151 posts]
20th January 2013 - 18:34

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Agreed proper turbo tyres last much longer than your normal road ones.

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posted by cidermart [446 posts]
20th January 2013 - 18:46

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Get a rim drive one? Loads quieter, no tyre/mess issues. Had a Magura one a while back, worked very well once set up. Anyone know of any downside to them?

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [364 posts]
20th January 2013 - 19:24

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KiwiMike wrote:
Get a rim drive one? Loads quieter, no tyre/mess issues. Had a Magura one a while back, worked very well once set up. Anyone know of any downside to them?

Yeah, they won't run on disc brake rims Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8146 posts]
20th January 2013 - 19:32

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Do turbo specific tyres work as they should on rollers too ? If so would just one on the rear suffice ?

posted by MickeyBlueEyes [19 posts]
20th January 2013 - 20:37

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Simple answer yes, in my expirence, as you have more weight over the rear wheel, as on the road, it wears out quicker so it should work.

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posted by cidermart [446 posts]
20th January 2013 - 22:25

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I have a Minoura rim one and love it. No wear to anything much.

posted by Bobbys boys [81 posts]
21st January 2013 - 12:48

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Would definitely +1 the Continental Turbo tyre. Those things are bomb-proof, mine seems to be lasting a lifetime

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posted by adambird [5 posts]
26th January 2013 - 1:05

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Cheap option is to use your old tyres. Or head down to your LBS, if there anything like mine, they will have a box of old tyres that can be had for a few quid.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
26th January 2013 - 9:34

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+1 for old tyres. Cheapest and best option, but if you want to take to the road too, you'd need to have a second rear wheel so as not to be on the road with garbage tyres. If it helps, I use an Elite Chrono Fluid turbo and Specialized Armadillo tyre... there is always a small amount of rubber dust when I fit a brand new tyre, but that stops after a couple of sessions. After that, there is no noticeable wear at all on the tyre. I don't know if it's the roller compound or the tyre compound or a combination, but I've used the same tyre on the turbo for two years and it looks like a new one.

posted by toetruck [15 posts]
3rd February 2013 - 11:58

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+1 the Continental Turbo tyre...there is barely a whisper, whereas normal tyres are extremely noisy I find

posted by mbr4dy [20 posts]
2nd October 2013 - 19:50

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That's why I set my BB up on a tree stump and freewheel it hardcord

[custom] '12 Cannondale CAAD10 - Rival

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posted by badkneestom [126 posts]
3rd October 2013 - 0:30

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badkneestom wrote:
That's why I set my BB up on a tree stump and freewheel it hardcord

Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Rolling On The Floor Pure class.

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posted by giff77 [959 posts]
3rd October 2013 - 1:24

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