EXACTLY my situation. I live in Texas, so weather isn't an issue. Preschooler, on the other hand, is an issue! My son is 2 1/2, plus I have two 6 year olds. So, getting one ride in when they are asleep or something is a good thing. Plus, I can get some better bike workouts in on the trainer that I can't do outside (tempo, intervals, etc...). Like I said, I only paid $250 for my Kurt (I'd offer less on ebay and see what happens -- you find out immediately, so you can just make another offer). It is VERY good quality (DH and I are all about quality) and it came with some Spinervals DVDs. I can easily get my bike on and off, and it folds up really nice so I can put it away when I'm not using it (it's in the playroom, so this was a must) I was wanting to stay closer to $200, but I couldn't find anything used, and anything else close to that price just wasn't the same quality as the Kurt. If I had more money to spend, I would have gotten the Tacx Flow, but it was more than I wanted to spend. By the way, I don't need the riser at all with my Kurt because the back wheel is only about 1/2 an inch off the ground the way I have it set up. Plus, everyone here said to use a phone book if you need it. That saves you $20!<br><br>
I think spending extra money for a good one is wise, but like you, I'm not using it THAT much. On the other hand, once a week is kind of a lot, and if it means one more bike workout and getting faster on the bike, it is a small price to pay. It will last forever!