Thanks Tramotane. Lots of good advice there. Is it true you shouldn't turbotrain for more than 1 hr at a time? Having never been on one I don't know how much punishment/heat generation they (or my wheel) can take.
I don't think anyone has mentioned yet that big electric fan is a good idea. I can't imagine a turbo session without a fan set up about 12" in front of my nose on full blast. In the middle of winter I start off without it switched on - because I start off shivering in the freezing cold of my shed - but without fail I find I need it after about 15-20 mins.
As far as makes and models go, it's really not necessary to spend a huge amount if it's something you'll use just to tick-over on in the winter. Different turbo trainers do feel very different in terms of how stable they are, how smooth the wheel rolls in them and how much resistance they provide. If you're able to try out a few in a local bike shop I think you'd quickly get a feel for your preference.
Ruth - what's "tick over" in terms of PE?
A fan is important too.
I am new to road biking and want to keep up my fitness during those cold winter months. I would really appreciate any advice on what I should be looking for when purchasing a Turbotraininer?
turbo trainers can be mind numbingly boring!.If you can rig up a TV +DVD you can watch films whilst you pedal away , tour stages on DVD have a habit of making you ride like you should be there!.