So I finally picked up a trainer setup. I ordered a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and a Continental Ultra Sport Trainer Tire and now have a bunch of questions since this is going to be my first time using a trainer.
1. How necessary is a Trainer Mat? I will be riding on a carpet if that matters. What is the point? To catch sweat? Quiet the trainer?
2. Are all Trainer Riser Blocks the same? Any that are inherenly better? I was looking at the Kurt Kinetic Turntable Swivel Base Riser Ring. Seems nice and it also swivels. Is that a useful function?
3. Trainer DVD’s. I am looking to pick up some DVD's for the trainer. It seems Spinervals are the most popular. I remember a great thread where everyone posted what the best videos they had were but this search sucks and I cant find it again. What are some of the better disks? I think a lot of people mentioned one called sweating buckets as being the best. Honestly I was on the site and they must have 1000 different dvds and all sorts of series and such. Considering how expensive the dvds are I would rather not waste my time with crap ones. Which are the least boring, most useful, etc...
4. Finally for those with trainers can you go all out sprinting on them? I do not want to damage my bike so I am not sure if it is possible to really rip on the bike while it is mounted steady.