With the darker nights closing in and living in an area that gets lots of icy days, Im contemplating an indoor trainer for "occasional use". Im a big "ride in any weather" guy but I wont ride in ice/snow as the trepidation of riding in ice is counter-intuitive to a good workout where I can push myself to a sweat. So this weekend Ive been actively looking for a good used Kurt Kinetic or a Cycleops 2 Fluid trainer. However, 4 yrs ago, on a Costco whim, I bought this $100 Schwinn trainer:
Its a mag trainer that I used twice in 2007 and it almost killed me as I found it very difficult (extremely out of shape and not riding at all). I put it away and never used it again. So today, I mounted the Roubaix on it and did 20 mins as a test. Jeepers - the sweat was pouring off me with pools of sweat literally gathering under the bike. I was happy though as I was way stronger than I was 4 yrs ago when I was not cycling regularly and once I got my cadence going, I settled into a nice rhythm. I kept my cadence around 85 and my HR around zone 150bpm.
So my question is, will I benefit from buying one of the more modern "fluid" type trainers or is what I have so close that it wont make a difference. One big advantage in getting the Cycleops is the "quick-mount" system - I could mount the bike on and off in seconds if Iwanted to use the Roubaix on the road. The schwinn is more of a manual adjust and feel setup that takes 5 mins or so....
The $ isnt that big of a deal as I have seen both trainers for less than $180 - gently used and I could probably get $60 for the schwinn as its had close to zero use. So we are talking around a $100 to upgrade.