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Originally Posted by alpharalpha View Post
Nothing extreme, just to stay in shape while indoors. My Trek Multitrack is the most comfortable so will use it; also has schwalbe marathon plus tire--smooth tread--do you think the trainer will wear that tire down? I don't need any extra features, main thing would be as close to actual riding; not a dragged feel etc. Also will be in my living room, I will put a mat down but nothing that might break and leak (I've read the fluid ones sometimes do?) Thanks!
I haven't heard of fluid trainers leaking, it seems unlikely. In general, fluid trainers are quieter and provide greater linear resistance than magnetic trainers.
Choosing a trainer depends a lot on why you want a trainer. For me, I use it a few times per week in late winter to begin to get in shape for the riding season. I will use it in the middle of winter for a cardio workout, but not as frequently and not as hard.

I have an older Nashbar fluid trainer that cost me about $125. It works OK, but the resistance is not consistent once it warms up. Since I only spend 30 to 45 minutes on it each time, it's pretty much all I need for now. I have looked at the Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2 Bike Trainer which would be my 1st choice if I were to buy one now (and I am interested because I'm less than thrilled with the one I have now), but it's not currently available... so maybe next year.

So, what are your goals for indoor cycling?
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