My first indoor bicycle trainer was a wind trainer. I still have it and I still use it. I see this as a beginners bike trainer. Nothing at all wrong with that because these wind trainers work perfectly fine. I love being able to change the gears as I ride and a wind trainer allows you to be stable and enjoy the ride. I even got my trainer to work with a computer so I could get my 12-20 miles a day at 80-100 rpm in while in the college dorm room. Of course you will need to make sure that you buy the correct bike computer which will work with a rear wheel sensor.
Wind Trainer - Fun To Ride
The great thing about these wind trainers is that they are reasonably priced. I placed my front tire on a textbook to help keep the bike level. If you ask me about any negatives, I would simply say that wind trainers tend to be very noisy. Yes, they put off a good hum and that range of hum ranges depending on what gear you are riding. Either watching TV or listening to your mp3 player should drown out the noise of your wind trainer. Oh, and one other thing... if you are going to be riding your bike trainer for some good mileage, I highly recommend purchasing another tire to do your training rides. What you will find out is that on a wind trainer or any other trainer, as the rear tire runs along the roller it will start to wear down the rubber. So, do yourself a favor and buy a trainer tire or slick tire for your wind trainer rides.
Wind Trainer - Best On The Market
The wind trainer I purchased some 20+ years ago that I used to ride has been upgraded many times over but I'm happy to say that both CycleOps and Kurt Kinetic have their own version of a wind trainer that should have any cyclist thrilled to ride such a great indoor bike trainer.
KURT KINETIC CYCLONE WIND TRAINER
If you want a step up from a wind trainer, take a look at a magnetic trainer.
Otherwise, if the weather has you down, just hop on your wind trainer and enjoy the ride.