I just received my new cycleops fluid 2 trainer. Even though I really enjoy riding outside, I am becoming more committed that I wanted to have a fall back position in case the weather is so bad. I also find that on certain days, it is not an option to wait till run rise to go out and ride for an hour, since I would be too late for work.
Overall, I like it. I didn't have a fan (which is recommended as I see on posts related to trainers), so after 40 minute on it I have sweated gallons! I live in an apartment so noise level is an important factor. It was quiet on the smaller front cog, but for some reason the noise level got up on the higher front cog. I also noticed that it provided a considerably more resistance than biking outdoors on equivalent gears. Maybe I should fiddle with it to see if I can improve that.
I have a computer which is mounted on the front tire, so I couldn't tell the equivalent distance or speed I was doing, but I was done after 40 minutes. Not sure if I should invest in a cateye that is mounted on the rear wheel.
I also replaced the skewer on the rear wheel with one that was supplied with it. I wonder whether I can ride the bike outdoors with it, or whether I have to replace it with the original skewer each time I go out (although that sounds like too much of a hassle).
Anyone has this type of trainer? I would be interested to hear your experience. Cheers.