The long thread started to have a discussion about trainers over the weekend. Since I didn't have a chance to follow-up until now, I thought this would make a great thread. There are lots of trainers on the market and none of them are any good if you don't use them. But I think the two best units on the market are the 1UP and the Kurt Kinetic. Which trainer, if either, is better? Both are similarly priced, and have lifetime warranties. Below is a review that was posted earlier in Bike Forums. The review is very thorough.
Kurt Kinetic Road Machine vs 1UP Trainer Review
I have the 1UP trainer, I had it a little over a year now. I also have most of the Carmichael and Spinerval DVD's. Those make a difference. I could not just get on the trainer and spin, I need some direction. That being said, I enjoy riding the trainer much more that spin class. The workout with the DVD's is great, interval training with proper recovery between intervals. My improvements in outdoor cycling are much more evident after using the trainer with the DVDs, than with the spin classes.
I miss the social aspect of spin class, but I don't miss the lousy music and lousy instructors. There are good instructors with good music, bu most spin instructors offer nothing more than an aerobics class on a bike. I bet if you took a poll, 75% of spin instructors don't own a bike, yet they are teaching a class utlizing a bike.