I need to make my trainer quieter.
As soon as I start upping the power/cadence it gets quite a loud drone. So anything past 80% or so is pushing it noise wise and it turns out is too loud for early morning sessions (according to the wife). Which is the best time for me to train. I can’t afford to get a new wheel off trainer at the mo so am hoping for a few tricks to quite my down abit. Its a Tacx Blue matic. And I have gator skin tyres on.
Is it on a foam mat? Might help to absorb more vibrations through the frame.
I wouldn’t be surprised if a dedicated trainer tire helped with the noise.
-Do your workouts in the small ring when possible.(this won’t always be possible due to the trainer’s limitations / powerfloor)
The slower your wheel truns the less noise there should be.
-Supposedly a trainerspecific tire will also help, do some research on which are the quietest
-Use a good trainermat. Maybe even build a sort of platform set on those vibration dampeners they use under washing machines.
Maximum trainer resistance, 120 psi in your tyre, high roller pressure against the tyre, smooth tyre texture. Keeping the wheel speed down with a smooth tyre texture is key. No need for a specific trainer tyre, I’d say.
If the roller starts clicking, drop super glue in the white dots (fill out the small gaps).
Run a load of laundry while you train to drown out the trainer noise?
Or turn up the stereo?
I have a red trainer tire that was quieter than others, but minimal noise loss compared to clipping in and changing gears.
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- Swap out the GatorSkin for a trainer tire. Possibly consider a cheap dedicated trainer wheel, because swapping rubber every time you get on the trainer sucks.
- Slightly more expensive but depending on how the noise is transmitting, a trainer platform that has Green Glue in between two layers of plywood would help.
- Even more expensive, but if floor transmission isn’t the issue, you can build a sound cave to put over the trainer / rear wheel. This would necessarily be a bit of an experiment, but you can use a cardboard box as the ‘frame’ of it, and hang mass-loaded vinyl and acoustic panels on the inside of the frame to block and absorb sound.
Keep doing it and leave information about a direct drive trainer laying around. Tis’ the season.