10 reasons why a Peloton bike may be for you

But is it worth the money?

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Editor’s Note: This article is written by Steve Sprich, a moderator on our partner site, pelotonforum.com. Drop by there for more info.

Introduction

My wife and I have been cyclists for decades but after having a child and with increasingly demanding jobs, our discretionary time for cycling diminished and our riding time dropped off significantly.

We tried going to the gym and cycling studios with limited success. Then in January 2019 we ordered a Peloton bike and have been hooked ever since. Now, we are working out more and feeling better. We’re also riding more outdoors and enjoying it a whole lot more simply because we’re in better shape.

Now that we’re home sheltering in place during the Coronavirus outbreak, we’re more grateful than ever for the Peloton. After initially ribbing me for the spendy purchase, my wife regularly says, “Thank goodness for the Peloton!”

 

10 reasons why

At $2,245 for the bike and $39/month for the subscription, the Peloton bike is definitely not cheap, but here are 10 reasons why it has been well worth the money for us:

  1. Flexibility: We can ride any time of the day or night. It doesn’t matter if it’s dark or there are thunderstorms outside. My primary time slot is 6 AM before anyone else wakes up and if I get out of bed I am 100% guaranteed to get in a good workout. The bike is extremely quiet so I can put on headphones and ride to my heart’s content without disturbing anyone.
  2. Metrics and competition: I love all the metrics! Peloton tracks, displays, and stores tons of data including miles, calories, output, heart rate and more which keep you accountable. All of my activities sync with Strava (Fitbit can also be linked) so my Peloton rides add to all of my stats including total miles. I also compete with other riders on the leaderboard which is fun and makes me work a lot harder. There are many celebrities and pro athletes on Peloton including Usain Bolt and Rory Mcllroy. If they share their leaderboard name publicly you can follow them and compete against them.
  3. Community: There are literally hundreds of Peloton “tribes” based on commonalities including the time of day you ride, size, height, age, diet, hobby, location or favorite instructor. You can also follow friends, colleagues, etc. to build your personal tribe to share workouts and compete. Engaging with a tribe of people with similar interests can be a fun way to keep motivated and celebrate achievements like milestones and PRs. 
  4. Class options: With Peloton, I can pick the ride type (e.g. climbing, HIIT, low impact. etc.), duration (5 to 90 minutes), instructor and music genre. There are something like 10,000 classes on demand to choose from so if you want to take a 20 minute 90s hip hop class or a 60 minute country ride you have options. The beauty of short rides also means that you can squeeze in a workout even if you only have 20 minutes, and we can all find 20 minutes!
  5. Peloton digital app: The app is included with the $39/month subscription and has cycling workouts (in case you’re traveling), boot camp, strength training, yoga, meditation, etc. and can be streamed or cast via a variety of devices so you can watch on TV. You can share unlimited accounts with others in the home. Peloton is currently offering a 90 day free trial for an individual membership which is a great way to try out the content. The app for one person (without the bike) costs $13/month.
  6. Work out at home: Additional benefits of working out at home are 1) Nobody outside your family sees you so no need to worry about how you look or what you’re wearing; 2) You are in control of the temperature, lighting, music volume, etc.; 3) There are no people around you sneezing and coughing like there sometimes are in a cycling studio; 4) It’s completely safe – no risk of wiping out or getting hit by a car.  These last two points are especially important now that we’re staying home and want to avoid people and hospitals.
  7. Instructors: There are over 20 active instructors, each with their own manner of keeping riders engaged and motivated. Some are former competitive cyclists like Christian Vande Velde. Some are funny, some say inspirational things, some yell at you and some are laid back and quieter. My favorite is Alex Toussaint who is as positive and enthusiastic a person as you’ll ever meet. 
  8. Training with friends: It’s easy to train with your friends on both live and on-demand rides and they don’t need to live nearby. I ride with a friend from high school who lives on the other side of the country on Friday mornings. My wife rides regularly with her friend in another state. Even professional athletes do Peloton rides together. 
  9. Challenges and programs: There are regular challenges (e.g. ride X miles in a month or work out X days in a given period) which are motivating.  Peloton also offers workout programs. One that’s appealing to many cyclists is the Power Zone program which helps you increase power over time by working in various zones based on your FTP (Functional Threshold Power).
  10. Great music: The instructors pick their own songs and it’s a great way to find new music. The song title and artist are displayed during the ride. I have my Spotify account linked so that with a tap of the screen it adds whatever song I like to my Spotify playlist. This feature also works with Apple Music.

There will never be a replacement for riding singletrack in the woods or hopping in the saddle for a four-hour road ride but the Peloton is a great supplement to our workout regimen. It keeps us in shape and is also a lot of fun!

If you have more questions or comments, please stop by pelotonforum.com.

If you decide to order a bike, you can use this referral code:X5CEJU  to get $100 off accessories.

 

 


About the author: Steve Sprich

Steve has been a mountain and road biking enthusiast since he moved from Boston to the Bay Area. About a hundred years ago he worked on mtbr and also helped build and launch roadbikereview. On Peloton his leaderboard name is “Sprichy”. When he’s not on the Peloton, Steve can often be found on the roads and single track trails near Los Gatos, California.



Comments:

  • Singletrackmack says:

    Looks extremely boring. I, and the vast majority of mtbrs pedal to ride, because riding is the fun part. This is for a live to work type of person who thinks money is most important and for the work to live type who thinks experiences are most important. The only thing in common this has with mtbing is that it has pedals. Would make a very good cloths drying rack though.

  • dan says:

    Peloton people are not cyclists! Real cyclists like to ride outdoors. They don’t look for excuses to not ride. We ride in all kinds of weather. Oh it’s too cold. Not to a group of real cyclists. I remember going on a group mtb ride in fresh snow and 12 degrees F. Non cyclists said you’re crazy. Really? Why did our group of 5 meet another group of 4? Because we’re real cyclists.

    I don’t need an expensive indoor bicycle because I have 6 bicycles ,wait, maybe 7 or 5? I have the… two I could put on my trainer and I only need a stop watch/timer and my mind envisioning riding my favorite trails of New England. for motivation

    • Pax says:

      Holy pretentious twat batman!

      While it wasn’t really on my radar to go after an indoor trainer, my partner ended up buying a Peloton… and I don’t hate it. The last couple weeks of training on it my fitness has increased quickly and my outdoor rides are much more effective.

      Main advantages are that I can bang out a 20-45 minute workout, training paces and heart-rate zones I would avoid out on the trail. Pretty low time commitment I can fit in between meetings or whatever with a high fitness payoff. It’s working well in our work from home dynamic. I kind of wish we went the smart trainer/zwift route, but that’s harder for multiple people of different sizes.

      • Francis Cebedo says:

        >>While it wasn’t really on my radar to go after an indoor trainer, my partner ended up buying a Peloton… and I don’t hate it. The last couple weeks of training on it my fitness has increased quickly and my outdoor rides are much more effective.

        Personally know of about 6 peloton riders at the moment and they’re all getting about 3-5 good ride efforts each week. Half of them are ‘expert’ level riders.

        Many talk smack about them but are often not riding because life or excuses get in the way.

  • Doug B says:

    Or just get a smart trainer and Zwift, save $1.5k off the bat and $20 each month. Get races, training plans, groups rides, meetups and all the metrics you want. Only piece that Peloton gives you is trainer, so if you need someone else to motivate you, then Peleton maybe the thing, if you don’t then just get a smart trainer and pick up Zwift or one of the other online platforms.

    • Richard Zachary says:

      Exactly. The Peleton is for people who would otherwise attend aerobics classes at the gym. I like riding my own bike, with my own set up. The instructors for Peleton were teaching step classes 15 years ago. Then pilates. Then spin classes. Then bootcamp.

  • ljsmith says:

    I don’t own a Peloton, but I’d rather ride a Peloton than go on an actual ride with Singletrackmack or Dan. They’re a couple of elitist a holes.

    • Bman says:

      Yeah, I don’t get the pompous hate either. I have one and use it a lot when it’s frigid, miserably hot and muggy, or just don’t wanna get out for whatever reason. It’s super quiet, smooth, and the some of the classes are pretty fun. Some of the instructors ain’t bad to look at, either. Guess I’m not a “real” cyclist, though. lol Bet I could pedal some of those clowns into oblivion, on “real” trails.

  • Paul Cherry says:

    You could look at the Peloton as just another bike to add to your fleet so why not? If you compare $2,395 to what you get for a decent road or mountain bike, it’s pretty reasonable. but I would choke at the monthly subscription. I understand Bowflex has come out with something similar to Peloton but not as many “add-ons” bottom line is that Peloton is doing something right or they wouldn’t have so many “die-hard” fans. I’m guessing quite a few would kick my rear if I gave the Peloton a try. Plus with the whole virus scare, it’s a safe bet right now to be using this in your own home.

    • Richard Zachary says:

      In three years, your Peloton subscription costs nearly $1500. Sounds like a gym membership to me.

  • Dave says:

    Singletrackmack and Dan-
    You said, “This is for a live to work type of person who thinks money is most important and for the work to live type who thinks experiences are most important. The only thing in common this has with mtbing is that it has pedals.”
    “Peloton people are not cyclists! Real cyclists like to ride outdoors.”
    There’s a good chance I had more time on pedals last year than any two years combined because of the Peloton. I’m not a live-to-work person. In fact, I’d rather be out working on the trails on my days off. By the way, do you work on your trails or do you just ride on trails that other people build for you? That being said, to go out for any type of outdoor ride, it’s a 1-2 hour investment every ride. I like many others only have room in our lives for 2-4 outdoor rides a week. Now, all I need is a 30-40 minute window to get miles in. The Peloton has allowed me to get saddle time before work while I’m waiting to go outside and ride over the weekend. Then, when I do ride outside, I’m much stronger. It’s also allowed me to ride during bad weather. By the way, stories of group riding in the snow? Cool story Bro. If you’re a true mountain biker but want to still pat yourself on your back for riding in weather, let me be the first one to call you out for screwing up the trails for all of us. You’re the guy who ruts wet trails during the rain. You’re the guy who takes muddy pictures of himself to show how cool you are. Where are you in the spring when some of us are fixing your ruts? I’d refrain from talking shit about something you obviously know little about. I’m a better mountain biker because of my Peloton. I’m not a Peloton fanboy. It’s just a fact.

  • Chase Capicotti says:

    The BOWFLEX C6 bike is a much better value at $950. Just add a tablet and you pretty much have a Peloton. Plus, the stand-alone Peloton app is only $12.99 and you get all the same classes. I bought a Bowflex C6 about 6 months ago and love it. I wrote a review about it on my blog http://www.MountainBikesAndMotorcycles.com

  • Luke says:

    +1 for Smart trainer and Zwift instead. By gamifying the trainer I actually look forward to it. It’s cheaper initial investment and only $15 a month. It has a power meter for real feedback and you can race.

    If you’re the kind of person that is better motivated by someone yelling at you though Peloton may be better.

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