I actually got a really good suggestion on the Road forum (and here as well) on my not-so-brilliant idea of getting a 2ndhand road bike for the drainer in the dark months (I ride my mountain bike for commuting rather than my road when its winter and/or raining (not that it rains that much in Sacramento, but the frame is screaming yellow and it stands out better in the dark)). It was pointed out that it would be simpler to buy an inexpensive rear wheel, throw a heavy (but durable) tire on it and swap the rear wheel out when Non-Sequitur is on the drainer.

Well, you know, its Performance clearance time (when isn't it clearance time at Performance), and I snagged the last Forte Titan rear wheel they had in the Howe Avenue Store, bought a GT2 road tire (yeah, I know Kevlar is overkill indoors but they didn't have the non-Kevlar version on hand) and I had an extra slightly used Ultregra 9 cassette lying around... so now I have my training tire (and I actually now have a 'spare' set of wheels - I wore out the original Bontrager rear road wheel that came with this bike, but I still have the front wheel which is just fine - mismatched but what the hell in a pinch). So, woo hoo, I now have a drainer wheel.

Thought I'd take a picture of the road machine + drainer + wheel... and that's my electric, amp and gig bag (the cords + effects)... in our dining room...



(where else should I keep my roadie... the MTB is in the garage, although my GF doesn't care if I keep it in the house as well)...