Over the weekend my new bicycle trainer arrived and today I had time to set it up. I was pretty happy to see this trainer was able to hold my 29" wheels without bottoming out. I decided to try something I had been planning to do for over a year. I put on an episode of Star Trek and started peddling.
The trainer only has a single resistance. However, you can increase torque by changing gears on the bike. I found a spot to put my heart rate between 155 and 165 BPM and spun away. This trainer is a fluid device which is supposed to be quieter than other resistance devices. I would hate to hear one of those other devices as it was still pretty loud and I had to put in headphones in order to watch my show. Since I can no longer tolerate shows and movies at normal speed I watched two episodes at 1.5x speed and cycled for one hour.
I like riding the trainer a lot better than the recumbent exercise bike. I was able to keep my heart rate at normal riding levels. Not sure why I couldn't do this on the recumbent, but I never did. I will have to come up with a solution for removing waste heat. I made a pool under the bike, and drenched my shirt and shorts even with a fan blowing on me. But I think I have an indoor riding solution in case winter decides to be winter.