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I did it!  500 rides with my trusty Sunny Bike and the Peloton App (with the help of a global pandemic…).  There were no shoutouts from the Peloton instructors, no balloons or fanfare but just a GIANT sense of accomplishment!  I am SO happy to have hit this milestone.  I am in the best shape of my life and have found a new community of friends along the way.

Now that I have hit the 500 ride milestone I have decided to upgrade my bike.  My Sunny still works great but I have decided to buy something a  bit fancier now that I have proven to myself that I am in this for the long haul.  Believe me, the Sunny was well worth my initial investment – per my math, it came out to about $0.75 per ride!  Not too shabby.  Using your own bike with the Peloton App has a lot of advantages, price being one of them.

Peloton App + Sunny

After a lot of debate between a Peloton and a Keiser M3i, please read on to see why I decided to buy the Keiser….

This post contains updates to my original “Peloton Alternative” post.

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The Peloton Bike! I saw the commercials and was hooked. Over 10,000 on-demand group spinning classes right in the comfort of my own home? You mean I never have to find someone to watch my kids, get in a car and drive to the gym?  A dream come true – sign me up!  (Plus, I am assuming that it must come with a housekeeper because everyone’s homes seem so neat and tidy.)

Then I saw the price tag…almost $3,000 right off the bat when you add delivery, special shoes, etc. plus a $468 yearly subscription ($39 per month).  Yikes!  I wish I could afford it – I really do but I already have a graveyard of exercise gadgetry and workout DVDs in my house.  I didn’t want to splurge on a Peloton bike only for it to gather dust in the corner like my old treadmill.

So many questions ran through my head:

Hi everyone!  A common theme of questions I get in my mailbox about the Peloton App is as follows:

  • If I use the Peloton App with my own bike, will I be visible on the Leader board?
  • Can the Peloton instructor “see me” if I am using the App without the bike?
  • What is the deal with the high-fives?

Here are some answers:

Hi Gang,

Its been almost two years since I started using the Peloton App with my own Sunny Spin Bike and my Wahoo cadence and speed sensors.  What an amazing experience.  I am in the best shape of my life and more importantly I have proven to myself that I have a passion for spinning – I am so happy with the variety of Peloton class options, have exercised my butt off and the bike didn’t turn into a clothes hanger.

Now I am considering an upgrade.  Why?  For no reason in particular.  My Sunny still works great.  I just want to move to more of a commercial grade exercise bike.  I have stashed away $100 per month for the past two years and I am deciding between a Keiser M3i and of course, the Peloton.

After doing a LOT of research comparing and contrasting the two spin bikes – I thought I would share what I found.

I get a lot of emails asking me to respond with a simple list of all the bits and bobs needed to use the Peloton App  with your own spin bike (meaning, without the actual Peloton bike).  Well, in addition to replying to those emails, I thought that I would post my advice here, too.

Of course, my detailed review of the Peloton App with all the lovely pictures and videos can be found in my super popular Peloton Alternative post!

Here is my list

The most frequent questions I get about using the Peloton App with my Sunny Bike are about resistance.   The questions generally go something like this:

  • How do I measure resistance on my Sunny?
  • Should I buy these power pedals?
  • Is there anything similar to the Wahoo cadence sensor that will measure resistance?
  • How do I convert Peloton resistance when using my own bike with the Peloton App?
  • Is knowing your resistance worth the extra money to buy the Peloton bike?
  • How do I  convert Peloton resistance to my Sunny or Keiser M3i?

My answer is always the same.  Let go of not knowing. Work hard. Get sweaty. Let your fitness do the talking.

I chalk it up to FOMO (fear of missing out). But if you absolutely, positively need to know your Peloton resistance, I have some advice:

What works for me?

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