Originally Posted by roundabout
How do you like the road machine? I'm in need of the trainer and am trying to decide between kurt/cycleops. For what it's worth, I'm loving my new Specialized Toupe.
Race ride in an hour, but I think I'm gonna stay home, since my allergies are acting up and there are 45mph+ gusts currently.
I love it. I heard nothing but good things about the Road Machine and Rock and Roll, which is why I went with Kurt Kinetic. It's a very smooth ride, quiet (for a trainer) and folds down to a decently small profile if you have to store between sessions. One thing that's for sure (and I'm sure it's the same with all trainers) is that you'll need a trainer-only tire because it'll get worn down a lot quicker than riding outside.
You also have the option of getting the "Pro" versions of both which is just an extra 12lb flywheel which is supposed to make the ride even smoother and better synthesize riding outdoors. I didn't get the Kurt Kinetic computer (w/power guage) so I don't know how many watts I'm pushing, but I find the flywheel that comes with the Road Machine is pretty good for where I'm at.
I bought mine from Bicycle Outfitters Indy
. I did a bunch of shopping around and they were always the cheapest around and they're an authorized dealer.