Changing set up between SSB 1 and SSB2?

tires

#1

I’m about to start SSB2 after my recovery week and I’m wondering if it’s a good idea to change my standard road tire to a trainer tire? I was starting to get slippage during the over-under workouts.

I use virtual power on a kurt kinetic fluid trainer. Could this have a negative affect on my power?

I’m worried this will make my workouts too easy/hard, both of which have me scared.


#2

Are you starting SSB2 with the ramp test? If so, change your set up before then and then test and carry on with the plan.


#3

Re-test your FTP with your new set up. Boom. Problem solved :slight_smile:


#4

Before changing your tyre, play with the pressures. IME it can make a big difference. Whether or not a road or trainer tyre works better seems to be down to the exact combo. On my old trainer (gel roller) the trainer tyre was 100% the way to go. However, on my new one with a metal roller that same trainer tyre shredded itself and slipped all over the place. On a road tyre, this was less of a problem and now I’ve dropped the pressure a little it barely slips at all.


#5

I’ve been riding indoor and outdoor on the same tire most of the year. I’m also Kirk Kinetic and keep my tire pressure between 110-120psi when on trainer, turn the tension knob 1-3/4 -2 turns and after a outdoor ride or every week I wipe down the tire and roller with rubbing alcohol. No slipping issues no matter the effort. Wiping the tire down really helps


#6

I would say that one benefit of a trainer tire is that you will find your bike tires have a longer life. It’s a lot of wear and tear on a road tire.


#7

Ramp test with the new tire, and you’ll be fine.

I’ve run a trainer tire for a few years. I don’t notice any difference in ride feel from a road tire on the trainer, but it definitely lasts much longer than a road tire on a trainer. I’ve melted a road tire on a trainer before, squared off a couple others. Trainer tire is definitely worthwhile.