OK, before everyone breaks out the wet noodle, i have searched and read dozens of posts on rollers versus trainers. However, I have still have some questions. First of all i didn't post this in the training and nutrition forum because i don't really feel like i am training for anything and i certainly don't plan on eating my trainer/rollers.
I just like to ride every day and have ridden nearly every day for over 1 year. (6000+ miles on my Mountain Bikes. Yeah!!!) I am not really training for anything like i said, but i do have a goal of riding or at least being on my bike every day, if possible, at least for a period of time. I know i will lose some saddle time because of the weather and am only interested in finding something that will most accurately replicate an actual ride when i can't actually ride.
I plan to ride through the winter again this year. Last year i probably missed 10 days the entire winter. Those days there was simply too much snow/ice on the road. So obviously i am not afraid of the cold, acutally i kind of enjoy it. (sometimes) I plan to set up a trainer or rollers in my garage where it will also be cold and ride the rollers/trainer when the road is not conducive to me riding.
I don't want to spend much in terms of money. I consider my budget for this item to be less than $150 inculding buying some inexpensive MTB slicks. For those of you that are well versed in trainers/rollers and have suffered through this post, what can you offer to help me choose??? Any help would be appreciated.