I have been thinking about getting some sort of trainer. Here in Rochester, NY where I live, it gets very cold in the winter, and snow is not condusive to bike riding. I hadn’t done any research, so I hadn’t considered whether I wanted a mag trainer or a wind trainer.
Tonight on my way home from work I spotted what looked like a trainer placed out on the curb with the trash. Thats what people do here, if they don’t want something, but think someone else might want it, they place it out on the curb. I stopped my car, and turned around. It turned out to be a CycleOps Wind Trainer. It didn’t look broken or anything, so I put it in the back seat, and drove home. I have never used a trainer before, but it looked pretty simple. I placed my bike on it, and screwed the clamps down on the axel ends. I was concerned about clamping down on the quick release clamp, so I didn’t clmap it too tight. I carefully got on the bike, and spun the cranks. I began shifting into higher gears and started feeling some resistance. It was kind of loud, but then I was on a wood floor. I will have to try it on a carpeted surface to see if it is quieter. I think it will be.
What a deal! And if I decide I don’t want it, I can sell it on eBay, ot just place it on the curb…