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How I Set My Bike Up for Trainer Season…

A commenter asked on my Thursday post whether I use my normal riding wheel on the trainer… I don’t.

I have a slow set of wheels that originally came on my Venge. I hate that set of wheels. For the longest time, those were on my rain bike. Those wheels saw all of the nastiness plus my trainer miles.

Then, I bought carbon fiber wheels for the Venge, so what used to be the good wheels on the Venge are now the rain wheels and that old set I hate is now the back up “just in case” set and my trainer wheel.

Not training wheels, smartass. Trainer wheel. I saw you a mile away, Steve.

Anyway, the correct answer is I would never ride a good wheel on the trainer. I’d buy a junk wheel and use it before I’d use a good wheel.  Also, I wouldn’t want to mess up a perfectly good tire on the trainer.  Trainers have a tendency to wear tires out, so I save old tires – because I rarely ride a tire till it’s natural end – to use on the trainer.

I always thought, why put a good wheel and a perfectly good tire through extra wear on the trainer?

And yes, I am well aware of, and grateful for, my first world problems.