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I was very lucky last Christmas due to my ingenious family seeming to always coming up trumps when it comes to Christmas Presents. I have to admit I'd not been drawn to purchasing a specific turbo trainer tyre so was curious as to what it would offer
These tyres are ok forn use on the turbo however they simply slide around on a metal wheel making them unsuitable for sprinting and hard jump-style efforts meaning they're somewhat useless unless you're looking to do simply steady state efforts and therefore I really wouldn't recommend their use. They're certainly not quieter and I would rather stick to a good old road racing tyre on my turbo training wheels as a result.
If you're looking for something to add to your turbo training workouts this is not going to be the right product for you in the long term.
Good luck with your training
Using a turbo trainer with a standard road bike tyre is okay for very occasional usage, but when using it regularly, it will ruin your tyre. Therefore, if you do use a turbo trainer for cycling training a lot, then it is advisable to own a turbo trainer tyre to use solely on the turbo. The one I opted for was this one made by Tacx, which cost me about £15 a few years ago from my local cycling shop.
This tyre comes folded in a cardboard box that contains all of the details of the tyre and how to fit it. They tyre is fitted just like any other tyre as it is exactly the same as a normal tyre except for differences in what it is made of and the amount of grip. The tyre is black on the side walls and blue on the top. This makes the tyre look quite good and easily recognisable from your other cycling tyres. On the side wall the Tacx name and the product name is printed in blue, red and white.
These tyres are different from normal cycling tyres as they are designed to be a lot more hard wearing so that they do not disintegrate quickly when used on a turbo trainer. Due to this, they are made from a thicker amount of rubber which makes it a lot sturdier and hard wearing. Unlike most tyres which have a reasonable amount of grip, this tyre has no real grip on it. This is because it is not designed to be used on the road and so it isn't needed. This means that the tyre surface is smooth all over to provide a good contact with the rotating drum roll on your turbo trainer.
The tyre is designed to fit onto any standard sized road bike rim in the same manner as a normal tyre. This means that you also have to put an inner tube in the tyre as well. I have had this tyre on my spare wheel for the past 18 months now as over this winter and the previous I have had to use the turbo trainer a lot due to the bad weather we have had and a restricted amount of time that I have to train. I have therefore had a lot of use from this tyre since purchasing it and have had it fitted to my spare wheel since purchase.
Fitting the tyre was simple as the tyre had enough flexibility in it to get it onto the rim with reasonable ease. As this is a folding tyre, this made getting it on a bit easier as it has no metal bead in it to hold it firm. Once an inner tube was fitted and inflated, the tyre feels firm and secure in the rim. To use this tyre with your bike, you don't need to make any other changes to your bike and therefore can attach it up to your turbo trainer straight away. Apart from the hard wearing nature of the tyre, the other noticeable feature of the tyre is that it is quieter than a normal tyre. This is meant to be one of the selling points of the tyres as it can get noisy when using a normal tyre. I have found this noise improvement to be very beneficial to myself and my housemates as the loud noise of a normal tyre was getting annoying.
I have found the tyre very comfortable and steady to ride on when using a turbo trainer as it seems to provide a good grip to the turbo roller to allow for a steady pedal stroke. This is good as I have found that using other tyres can mean your pedal action can get a bit erroneous when the tyre slips.
I have had to stop using this tyre recently as the wheel I normally use it on has broken and needs repairing. I could swap it onto another wheel but I don't think I will as now the weather is improving, I have a bit more time to get out onto the road.
For the price and the advantageous it brings to cycle training on a turbo trainer, it is well worth the money in my opinion. If I had been using normal tyres for the past couple of years, I would of spent a lot more than £15 on replacing them regularly.
If you are a keen cyclist who owns a turbo trainer then I would recommend that you purchase a proper turbo tyre as they bring many advantages to your training. These tyres can be bought from all good cycle shops or online shops. I am going to give this tyre 5/5 as it is very good value for money and I have found it to be very useful.
Thanks for reading.
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