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Are you considering getting your significant other a Peloton for Valentine’s Day?  Before you buy, consider the backlash around Peloton’s  Christmas commercial that went viral. Check out these articles – the general theme (in addition to the concern about the general welfare of the Peloton recipient), was that you should never, ever get your husband, wife, etc. a piece of exercise equipment for Christmas.  Look, I wouldn’t mind but I think I am in the minority here.

  • HuffPost:  People Are Very Concerned For The Woman In Peloton’s Holiday Ad
  • Variety: Social-Media’s Latest Exercise: Getting Worked Up Over a Peloton Ad
  • Vox:  Peloton’s terrifying new ad is the best horror movie in recent memory

Still reading?  If so, you are a brave soul.  If you are here, you are probably looking for a cheaper alternative to the Peloton. I get it – not everyone can afford to buy a Peloton bike and then pay its $39 monthly fee.  I can’t.   That is where the genius of their Peloton App comes into play.   For only $12.99 per month, you can access all of the same live and on-demand classes on your own bike.  Brilliant.

There are many other types of bikes out there that can be paired with the Peloton App.  I tried a bunch before I bought my Sunny and here is what I found.

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 (do P90X and Insanity ring a bell to anyone?).  I didn’t want to splurge on a Peloton bike only for it to gather dust in the corner like my old treadmill.   What if I didn’t like it?  What if I got  bored of spinning after a few months?  What if its screen stopped working – would I have to return the whole bike?  For me and my track record, it was too much of a gamble and I needed to dip my toes back into exercise with a less expensive bike.

So what did I do?

After loads of research (Amazon reviews, fitness blogs, etc.) I created my own Peloton experience by using the Peloton App with my own bike (a Sunny Spin bike) and some simple add-ons like Wahoo cadence and speed sensors. It saved me almost $2,400. So far it works great and I am really enjoying my Peloton workouts.  In fact, I just celebrated my 250th ride on my Sunny.  This is how I did it…

Hi everyone,

I get a lot of email asking about the Wahoo cadence and speed sensors that I mentioned in my earlier “Peloton on a Budget” blog post so I thought I would write a post dedicated to all things Wahoo.

When taking a Peloton class, knowing your cadence number is a must.  While riding, Peloton instructors shout out how fast you should be pedaling – this is what is known as your “cadence.”    The actual Peloton bike and other bikes like the Keiser M3i  display  your cadence.  For everyone out there using the Peloton App with a budget friendly bike (like me), you need to get a cadence sensor.  But with so many on the market, its difficult to know what to buy.

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