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    Rim-drive trainer and Carbon wheels?

    I am currently using my rim drive trainer on my alloy wheels and am planning to upgrade to a pair of carbon wheels soon.

    Would like to know if anyone here has used rim drive trainers on their carbon wheels? I'm wondering if it would damage the sidewalls of the carbon wheels.

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    Why would you even consider using the carbon wheels on the trainer? I am asuming the new carbon wheels are an upgrade for you and will be better wheels than the aluminum ones. Just use the aluminum rear wheel. You'll still have the aluminum wheels, right?

    For me, trainers are the place to use the oldest, heaviest, most sturdy and inexpensive to replace gear that I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyzzx View Post
    I am currently using my rim drive trainer on my alloy wheels and am planning to upgrade to a pair of carbon wheels soon.

    Would like to know if anyone here has used rim drive trainers on their carbon wheels? I'm wondering if it would damage the sidewalls of the carbon wheels.
    Uh, bad plan.

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    If the wrong brake pads/too much braking can cause carbon rims to explode, don't you think using a rim-drive trainer would just be complete idiocy?
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    This has me thinking though....................


    It seems that time stands still when I am on the rollers. I wonder if fancy wheels will make it seem faster?

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    Pick up a cheap wheel from the lbs. I have $25 dollars invested in mine. The tire and cassette are worth much more. A heavier wheel will act more like a flywheel and probably ride better than lighter wheels on a trainer.

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    was planning the same thing, not because i want to use expensive wheels for trainer. but was planning to use rim drive trainer on my disc wheel for warming up during time trail race. guess its not a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    This has me thinking though....................


    It seems that time stands still when I am on the rollers. I wonder if fancy wheels will make it seem faster?
    You also need to wear an Aero helmet to get the full effect.

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