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  1. #1
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    mountain bike on trainer ?

    Hi All,
    I am leery to put my brand new CF road bike on my newly purchased rock n roll trainer. So after setting it up today I put my old mountain bike on it and gave it a go.
    it is an old bike (aprox 20 yrs) - I was wondering if anyone else has seen/done this?
    Do they make trainer specific tires for mountain bikes - a google just gave me a couple of hits - one of which said it was discontinued.

    I am tempted to buy an aluminium bike (CAAD10) to use on the trainer as well as just an all around great bike to ride and also not worry about putting on a rack on my vehicle.
    The rock n roll felt fantastic btw - set it up in a few minutes and then jumped on - I really enjoyed the feel of it. a bit of a bounce to it and the side to side wasn't too pronounced - but was certainly there and kept it from feeling stiff. Very pleased with this purchase so far.
    Last edited by Uphill70; 07-02-2013 at 07:17 PM.

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    As long as you can get the cockpit setup for you any bike will work on a trainer. You should set everything to match your road bike: saddle height and setback, reach, bar height, etc.

    Most companies make slick tires for mountain bikes.
    "When you know absolutely nothing, anyone who knows 1% more than nothing sounds like an expert."

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    I trained several years with my mountain bike in a trainer (Tacx Satori). Still do. I use a special Tacx trainer tire, which will last far longer than a normal slick.

    When I bought the trainer I did so because I couldn't afford a road bike and wanted to do more straightforward rides rather than the technical mountain rides. It has been a good solution, but I will be buying an indoor cycle to replace the trainer. The vibrations/noise through the floor (I have a gym in my attic) have been getting a bit much since my wife and I have started training more. That's been my only problem with the trainer. Other than that they're great.
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    Suggest considering buying an inexpensive used bike for dedicated trainer use.
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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    Thats the direction I am heading in I think...

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