I'm new to cycling but got a new road bike recently that I love to ride. I'm also using it to lose a little weight and stay in shape -- especially important in the coming rainy and cold months. Naturally, I've started looking at what is available for trainers and rollers.
I've done a fair bit of research on this forum, roadbikereview, etc. and have narrowed down my options to some rather expensive pieces of equipment:
Trainers - Kurt Kinetic (fluid - I think my favorite) or 1upUSA (friction)
Rollers - definitely metal with Kreitler being the best
However, I think my criteria are perhaps a bit different from most people. I'm guessing that I'm far from ever requiring a ton of resistance, but the most important thing to me is that things are quiet and easy to maintain. I'm on the second floor of an apartment with wood floors where noise travels fairly well and I like to do my workouts in the morning.
Rollers are mildly intimidating, but there are enough success stories around to make me comfortable with buying them. The trainer might be nice in that I wouldn't necessarily be concentrating on the exercise all of the time. I don't ever intend to race so maintaining a straight line isn't super critical to me, but having good balance always sounds like a good thing.
Ack! It's so confusing... Comments are much appreciated - thanks!