I write this from my couch still staring at the small black spot I put in my carpet last winter when I setup an indoor trainer for the first time. My solution then was to place to 2x4 pieces of wood under the trainer to elevate it. Which made getting on and off my now-several-inches-higher bike a little weird but it worked! (wood under front tire to level it as well).
I DO have a nice cold unfinished basement where I could train, but there's no TV down there and I don't have a "spare TV". I really like training in front of the TV. Whether watching TV, or race footage, or sufferfest videos, etc.
So what brilliant solutions have you figured out? I've considered a sheet of plywood. I know that the training manufacturers make 'training mats' but won't that sag just as much and my tire will rub THAT!? I AM replacing my trainer with a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine (should be in next week), so it MIGHT not be an issue, but, I suspect it still will be.
Naturally, I need a solution that, itself, won't damage my carpet. Which is a thin pyle "berber" carpet.
Thoughts? Suggestions? You guys are great for "why didn't I think of that?" solutions so before I run out and get a sheet of plywood, I thought I'd ask!