Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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There is no need to drop $350 on a new bike to be dedicated to a trainer. Watch Craigs List or visit thrift shops for any bike in about your size and dedicate it to the trainer. You should get away for $50 or even less.
Weight, brake and shift quality and frame material are non issues since you won't be riding it on the road. Fit a saddle that you like and adjust the position to match your road bike. If you need to change the stem, bars, etc., buy the cheapest heaviest you can find.
My first trainer bike was an old department store quality Schwinn I got used for $35 and put about $25 more into customizing it to fit.