Thanks for the replies, there seems to be agreement that the Elite Chrono is quiet - er.
After some further investigation, I removed the plastic fan type cover from the flywheel to see if it made any difference. Its considerably quieter without this plastic peice fitted, i think it might have been a balance problem causing vibration throught the whole turbo.
The noise and vibration has been significantly reduced. Not sure if it will have adverse effects to the roller as there will be less air flow around it, the temp didn't feel too bad after use.
Rather that cycle in the dark, and cold, ive been on the Turbo recently.
Im using a Cycleops Magneto model and the noise is ridiculous. The turbo is not fun at the best of times but it sounds like a 'helicopter landing in the kitchen' apparently.
With two young kids asleep upstairs (lucky they are heavy sleepers), bedroom doors shut, the kitchen door shut, and the baby monitor on I can watch the nosie level increase as the speed does. Registering at 21/2 leds out of 5 on the monitor at around 35kmph. It does level out a bit at around 40kmph, but I can't keep that pace up for too long!
Its on tiled flooring so im going to try a rubber mat to see if that helps. I put on a turbo specific tyre, which is no better, in fact I think its worse.
Are the gel type turbo's quieter, im thinking of upgrading as I think the turbo i have is fairly entry level.
Make sure you have a good multi tool (ideally with a chain breaker) I also had a leatherman which was helpfull, a roll of electrical tape (got used for temp repairs on a panier plus more), chain lubricant
Take a half decent set of lights even if you arent planning on being out at night, you never know what might happen. We had some long days caused by mechanical problems, and endeed up getting into accom in the dark.
Pack as light as possible. Share the essentials between your mates so you arent doubling up on things.
I carried two spare tubes and didn't flat the whole trip. But you dont want to be standing on the side of the road when its pissing down rain trying to patch a tube!
Make sure you have a decent set of maps as back up if you are relying on one GPS. There is nothing more frustrating than being lost late in the day.
I didnt use paniers, just a large saddle bag and a small rucksac.
One set of clothes was enough for evenings, although we had no rest days.
Appart from that im mostly jelous, we had an amazing 10 days. Memories that will last a lifetime. You will have ups and downs mentally a physically, but over all a great trip.
It all seems pretty serious. Although it does look fun.
Its about £80 for a full BC license, then £13 per race. Which is actually pretty expensive. People seem to racing for points and are cyclists only (looks like shaved legs only crew). Although it looks like it could be good fun, I think I am looking for something a bit more relaxed.
Does anyone know of a midweek club ride, or chain gang as popside mentioned??