Hi guys, long time no see.
I've had one of these trainers for a few years now. Mostly used 2 - 3 times a week during winter. The trainer is still going strong. It is as noisy as it's always been so I guess that means there's still plenty of life left. One thing though, the rear roller is now clearly pitted - which I didn't spot until recently. That's an unusual bit of wear IMO. What do you make of that??
I've had a few tube punctures on the trainer this season which has really annoyed me. I'm using an old shimano entry level wheel and a retired GP4000 conti tyre. Some of the early ones I just put down to using aged tubes in a demanding situation. A more obvious failure though was due to the rim tape aging and weaking. It shifted aside allowing some of the spoke holes edges to be exposed. This caused the tube to extrude and wear against the edge and fail... I reset the tape and while I was getting around to getting new tape, another tube blew for the same reason.
Anyway, new high pressure tape is working a treat and I was getting along fine until the most recent blowout - I suspect that the roller pitting contributed to this one, which turned out to be a small crack/split in the tyre tread which went all the way through to the inside, which pinched the tube and ultimately lead to a hole. We all know that trainers can be harsh on tyres, that's why I'm using an old tyre... maybe this one is too old now?
Question: So what are your rear tyre trainer strategies? An actual trainer tyre (I heard they shred rubber like it's going out of style)? Old wheel with old tyre and thick tube? Old wheel with old tyre and tyre liner with normal tube? ??
Look forward to your thoughts.