I also have a CycleOps trainer. I agree that it's a great trainer, I just hate having to use it. I'd rather ride outside no matter how cold it is than get on that trainer. Unfortunately, when the snow piles up on the roads here in West Michigan I don't always have that option. My studded tires work great on plowed snow or ice, but aren't much help when the snow is deep.
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I have a CycleOps too and love it. What bike do you have on the trainer at the moment? If it's a mountain bike or a roadbike with knobby tires, change them for a pair of slick tires (ones without tread). I did this for the DW who has taken to putting her MTB on the trainer and I could always tell when she was on it! I got a cheap MTB slick for about $20 and changed it myself - changing tires is an essential skill for any cyclist and the sooner you learn, the better.
I also have a trainer tire on my roadbike which is designed for use on the trainer. It's bright orange and works great - very hardwearing and it doesn't heat up as much as a normal tire (or leave that black rubber stripe). The only problem with that is that it's a right pain to mount - the only tire I have to mount with levers.
If you already have slick tires then putting the trainer on a mat (or a bit of carpet) is a good idea.
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i have been looking into getting a trainer. from what i understand the fluid style trainers are quiter then the air and magnetic. i have a friend that has a group that brings their trainers to his house and ride. i stopped in and asked some questions, that is the info i got. none of the trainers there made much noise, they were all fluid.
i am also from cleveland, pretty cold today!
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If you get a tire which has a harder rubber compound it will reduce the noise. Not to mention that using soft road tires will wear out very quickly on the trainer, so its good to use a dedicated tire for the trainer.
I also found that when using the trainer on my hardwood floor was very loud compared to the cement basement floor. This was because the hardwood wasn't on the ground level so it vibrated a good amount. Adding a padded mat under the trainer helped with the vibration but it wasn't as quiet as the cement floor.
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This may have been discussed before, but I could use some feed back. I just purchased the Cycle Ops indoor trainer. I live in Ohio so it is hard to ride all year. I am just looking for info. on it. The back wheels rub against the wheel so it is a little noisy. Any other comments. Good or Bad.
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