Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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Careful running your trainer over your beautiful light colored carpet. Bike chains have a tendency to throw off little bits of grease, crud, wax, etc. and once you get those inside your carpet, they aren't coming out. I like to put a big piece of cardboard under my trainer.
I use interlocking gym mats also, and put a trainer mat on top of them. It helps make my trainer sink in, preventing it from walking forward during sprint efforts. I have not noticed any loss in recorded power and the extra give is actually appreciated.
The short answer to your question is NO! But all the replies above still apply just the same as a bad idea for the reasons given already.CAAD8FRED wrote:Can a direct drive trainer sit on carpet or should it go on hardwood, granite, etc. I know I’ll need a mat for sweat and grime, but does the platform/surface matter to performance?
I had my KICKR on the floor in the garage, then a towel, then a soft rubber mat, and now with a soft rubber mat and a towel to catch the sweat! Works the same in all instances
Same here. I use the trainer mat as the gym tiles i have are pretty cheap and tear easily with cleats. Didn't want expensive stuff in the workshop as it gets all sorts of nasties on it, chain lube, DoT 5.1, mineral oil, brake cleaner, tubeless sealant, copper paste, grease, and i'm not expecting it to last, already got some holes melted in it. If i was walking on it with cleats, it'd already be fit for the bin.
I put my trainer on carpet with 3 big floor tiles on top of a clear rolling office chair carpet cover on top of the carpet. The tiles are thick tiles, about the size of the trainer's body's footprint. The arms sit on their own tiles. Keeps the carpet clean and gives you some stability while reducing shocks on the bike frame.