So I caved and bought a KK road machine yesterday.
I've had two 30 minute runs on it...here is my report:
People are correct about two things: 1) it is very difficult to maintain focus (I had both my iPod and MTV on (muted for visual stimuli)). 2) it gets hot! even with a dual fan blasting, i was dripping sweat all over the carpet (the LBS was out of sweat catchers)
That said, I wasn't trying an specific work out...more just to try getting used to it (30 minutes at about 160bpm...need to install my cadence sensor back on my rig).
It's surprisingly loud. I found I had difficulty hearing the TV when it was set at normal levels (hense the ipod...i live in a basement suite so i try to be as quiet as possible). I wonder if they can hear me upstairs (nix the 1am riding idea :-P)
I found it a little awkward to set my bike into it, but i assume this gets easier with practice.
Finally, I have a question about tire wear....I normally run Schwabe Ultremo's and didn't swap them off for test runs. I haven't inspected them closely for a while but it would appear that the trainer caused a lot of premature wear (hairline tears) and caused the tire do go 'shiny' (best way to describe it)
Have I fried my tires? I know they encourage (non dual compound) slicks (I have some old ones I was going to swap on)....ultremo's are triple compound i believe...I just didn't expect so much wear after an hours riding time.
I had the tension set as per instructions. Little to no slipping (unless I purposely broke the tire loose)...