If you’re serious about training indoors, you really should consider buying a bike trainer tire.
Ever since I replaced my mountain bike tire – complete with knobbly tread – with a slick training tire, I’ve never looked back…Seriously, if you’re anything like me, you were probably thinking it would be easier and cheaper to use an old tire, or even your everyday tire. But no, there are some very good reasons why this is a bad idea. Just bad. Don’t do it…Click HERE for a review of the very best trainer tire we’ve come across!
So to help convince you, I’ve come up with six must-read reasons for buying an indoor trainer tire>>>
1 Beating the heat
Intensive indoor training produces a lot of heat (and we’re not even talking about the copious amounts of sweat you produce!). This is simply not the case when riding your bike normally. Friction between your tire and the trainer roller easily produces enough heat to melt regular tires. This not only ruins the tire, but coats the roller in a layer of rubber, making it very inefficient. Trainer tires are designed to disperse heat throughout their structure.
2 Reducing noise
Indoor stationary bike stands produce a lot of noise with regular tires. The two surfaces rubbing together make this inevitable due to the tread on road tires, and this is especially relevant for knobbly mountain bike treads. Training tires have a special tread pattern and material compound which makes them virtually silent, no matter how hard you train.
Because intensive training creates a lot of heat with regular tires, they become damaged very quickly. They wear out much sooner than with outdoor riding, and you’re also likely to see them leave some of their tread embedded on your trainer roller. Indoor trainer tires not only create much less heat, their compound is blister resistant. From my research, and from my own personal experience, a good, standard indoor trainer tire should last 5,000 miles or so, maybe even more.
4 Adding extra resistance
Indoor trainer tires are specially designed to add resistance without generating heat. This makes your trainer much more efficient, and your performance measurements more meaningful. By withstanding punishment from friction, indoor training tires keep their integrity for longer, which maintains their resistance against your training roller.
5 Get sexy & colorful!
As your indoor trainer tire will only be seen by you or those close to you, you can get creative and have yours in any color you like. And you don’t have to worry that it will get caked in mud, or suffer discoloring – it should keep its color as long as you have it. As training can be a little boring and hard to motivate yourself for, having a bright trainer tire often subconsciously lifts the spirits.
6 Great value
Unlike regular tires, indoor trainer tires only have one mode to cope with. They are specially designed to work with a trainer, which makes their manufacture relatively cheap. Typically priced between $20 – $40, this works out A LOT cheaper than replacing regular bike tires. Especially when you take into consideration the length of time they last, their heat resistance, their sexiness and their assistance in reducing noise!Two trainer tires we can seriously recommend: the Zittoria trainer tire (priced at around $30 and comes in a sexy red color) and the Continental Hometrainer tire (also priced at around $30). These two trainer tires have proven to be two of the best out there, so come highly recommended.