Well the temperature outside is a balmy -39 Celsius and my new trainer just arrived via Canada Post. It'll be a long winter up here so I figured a trainer may be a good investment to keep (get) myself in shape this winter. MEC had an Elite Fluid Alu trainer for a reasonable price, and was described as being quiet. Perfect for an early morning ride in the living room before work, and it shouldn't wake the wife either! Well after putting the pieces together and mounting my mountain bike (Devinci Chili Pepper with knobby tires) I figure'd it was time for a test ride. Man those knobby tires vibrate and howl. I'm not sure how quiet this thing will be, but with tires not meant for a trainer, it's one wicked howling wolf. Oh well, off to the local sports store to see if they have a training tire, or a slick for my mountainbike rim. Other than that, I placed a thick book under the front tire to raise it up a bit and went for a test spin. I found the resistance of the fluid quite adequate for my needs. Not the same as a flat road on a windless day, I'd say it provides a bit less resistance but I haven't had a chance to really evaluate it.
So I figure a good heartrate monitor, and maybe a cadence sensor would be a great start towards training for summer, and with the weather up here, I've got plenty of time to test this machine. Now to figure out a good way to log my progress.