I’m looking at purchasing my first bike trainer ever and using zwift for the first time. I have been doing a lot of research on trainers and I know there is a lot on the market (it can be overwhelming!). I have pared my potential purchase down to two trainers simply because they are both affordable and on sale, but I need help with choosing one:
- Kurt Kinetic Fluid Road Machine Smart $329 (CDN)
- Cycleops Fluid 2 smart $349 (CDN)
I am an occasional cyclist and would like to stay fit over winter by cycling indoors. 10 years ago I used to cycle 60km 3-4 times a week in hilly conditions. I don’t do this anymore but I would like to get back to this fitness level. I am small (125lb) so don’t need serious wattage. I am not too concerned with super accurate readings, although consistency would be great so I can judge my progress. I am looking for something simple, quiet, and, fun. Because i’ve never tried a trainer or zwift i’m not ready to spend the big bucks. I don’t have a power meter, or any speed or cadence sensors.
If possible I would love to not have to put a trainer tire on my bike for some rides. e.g. I would love to start indoor training while I still use my bike for commuting everyday, the overlap will be about one month. Is this possible with either of these trainers? I have a road bike.
Thoughts? Suggestions? I know these aren’t new machines but the price is right!
Thank you, i’m really excited to start riding!