I was looking for a good stationary exercise bike to use for days when I can't/don't want to take my bike out and train. I was convinced that a better option than a stationary bicycle would be a direct drive trainer. I know nothing about these. I went to my local bike shop and what they had in stock was lower-end, that is, it wasn't direct drive, and even they didn't recommend it compared to a direct-drive, higher end trainer. They recommended Tacx and Wahoo (which other people have recommended as well). But they had no specific model recommendations. I'm a bit lost here as to what model I want, and even how to judge what's out there (that is, what I should look for). If you have any advice on what to look for, and in particular, what models you'd recommend, I'd appreciate it.
I'd like to get something that I'll be happy with, that will give me a good workout (I ride daily, maybe 200km with 3500m ascent a week, and am in good shape), and that will last. Although my budget isn't unlimited, and saving money is always good, I don't want to get something "too cheap" and regret it down the road.
I'm not the most mechanically inclined, and my bike shop said that each time I have to put my carbon frame bike on the trainer and take it off I'd need to do a non-trivial number of adjustments, which even they thought would be troublesome. One can ride all winter here, so I'd probably be taking the bike on and off constantly, every time it rained, for example. So I am considering getting a cheaper bike to leave on the trainer, as this poster did, although perhaps not a Triban! If there's anything I need to look for in a bike (cassette, etc) to match your preferred trainer, that would be helpful too!
Lastly, does anyone know anything about Zwift's new turbo trainer that's about to come out? Should I wait and choose it over Tacx or Wahoo?