I just purchased the Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer by Kurt and after riding it for a few weeks and I love it.
I was coming home in the snow, slush, wind, and typical Northwest winter weather and started to get sad seeing my road bike sitting all by itself in the corner of my garage, neglected for weeks. My legs were also itching to spin on my own bike so I took a trip down to the local bike store and tried out a few indoor trainers. After sitting on a few cheaper models and resisting the sales pitch of some of the more complicated, expensive ones, I settled on the Kinetic by Kurt. It may have been the green color that caught my eye, but the reality was I was sold on it’s smooth and quiet resistance while riding. Whether I was spinning at a constant rate or shifting gears to get my heart rate up, there was no shaking or unstable feeling, which is probably the most important thing to me.
Here are some of the features of this road resistance trainer:
Versatile indoor bicycle trainer with leak-proof magnetic drive system and automatic resistance changes
6.25-pound flywheel offers a realistic, 15-second coastdown from 20 mph
Measurable, repeatable workload with an authentic road feel
The company has a really good explanation of how the wheel works and the technology behind it in the product description here.
Although it doesn’t feel exactly like riding on the road, I have yet to sit on a trainer that does perfectly that. Overall I’m quite happy with my Kinetic Road Trainer by Kurt and plan on not neglecting my bike during the winter for a long time. My bike, legs, and fitness are all thanking me.
Although I bought my trainer at a local bike shop, I found that you’d probably find a better deal (as long as you don’t mind it getting shipped) on Amazon. If you want to get more of the ‘road experience’ and have a larger budget, then check out Kurt’s Rock n Roll trainer.