What you’re probably looking for is my review of the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. Give it a click…you won’t be disappointed. It’s longer than Gone With The Wind.
I was doing a little cruising over to the Kurt Kinetic Facebook page and came across some ideas about reducing the slippage that an energetic rider’ll experience when they stand out of the saddle while riding indoors on a bike trainer.
In this case, we (me and you) have the advantage of getting some insight into solving this problem from the pros at Kurt Kinetic…instead of relying on our typical method for solving problems, namely hearsay, foolishness, and folly.
Before we get started you may find it interesting to know that this egocentric cyclist (me) thought highly enough about the power in my legs to suspected that I was creating slippage in the magnetic bond between the flywheel and the impeller. You can read about my humiliation on my Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Review page.
I was foolishly thinking that I could do what an electric motor accelerating a Kinetic trainer from zero to sixty was unable to accomplish…namely breaking the bond between the magnets in the trainer.
Enough of that, let’s solve the real problem of slippage, with the help of the pros at Kurt Kinetic.
So, here goes. If you’re getting slippage between your tire and the roller here’s what you’re to do.
1. Get out your bottle of isopropyl alcohol from the medicine cabinet and vigorously remove any film that may have built up on the roller of the trainer.
2. Pull out a wet, clean rag and wipe down the tire. Be sure to let it dry before putting it into the trainer…the tire that is.
3. Check to see that your tire pressure is up to manufacturer specs for usage on a trainer. Good luck on this one…I just wasted 15 minutes submerged in the Google search world, with nary a tidbit of info to show for it. I’m sure you’ll do better armed with your brilliance and sleuthing abilities.
4. Be sure to tighten the adjustment knob that pushes the roller up against the tire to the correct tension level. Once the tire is contacted, tighten the knob an additional two to five turns. Check the level of ‘grip’ by holding the tire firmly while you jerk forward and backward, listening for a squeak.
5. Consider purchasing a ‘trainer specific’ tire. The compound lasts longer and should also give more grip against the roller. If you’d like to see what they cost, you can see one at Amazon Here.
If you have anything to add to the body of trainer tire squeak knowledge leave a comment (assuming you can get the creaky comment function to work).