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After 550 rides with my first love – this Sunny Exercise Bike – I’ve finally taken the plunge and treated myself to a Keiser M3i.  It is a beauty!   My Sunny was still in great shape and in fact, I gave it to a good friend.  I just wanted something new and shiny now that I proved to myself that I am in this for the long hall.  According to my calculations, I think spent about $0.75 per ride with over 500 rides.

School is out, summer is here and the pandemic is hopefully winding down.  What does this all mean – time to get in your bathing suit!!!

I thought I would share some of my at-home exercise hits and misses over the years.  Here is my review of Insanity, Peloton, Core de Force, T25, and others.  I have most of these on DVD. While you can stream them online for a monthly fee, owning the DVD is cheaper in the long run  

The most frequent questions I get about using the Peloton App with my Sunny Bike are about how to measure resistance. The questions generally go something like this:
  • Should I buy these power pedals? (tip, these pedals are expensive but if you put them in your Amazon cart you will receive a notification when they run their flash sales where you can sometimes save up to 75%)
  • How do I convert Peloton resistance when using my own bike with the Peloton App (conversion charts below).
  • Is there anything similar to the Wahoo cadence sensor that will measure resistance?
  • Is knowing your resistance worth the extra money to buy the Peloton bike?
  • How do I  convert Peloton resistance to my Sunny, Keiser M3i, Echelon or NordicTrack?
  • How do I measure resistance on my Sunny?

My answer is always the same. Let go of not knowing. Work hard. Get sweaty.  Let your fitness do the talking (and BUY THIS disco ball to keep your workouts exciting!).

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 with several resistance charts at the bottom:

What works for me?

As I expected, Peloton recently confirmed that it will soon launch a Peloton Rowing Machine although no further details about the rower or its interoperability with the Peloton App were provided.  The Covid-19 pandemic will likely delay things.  And I sure I they will be taking pause after the recent Pelton treadmill tragedy.

It is not a shock because just before the pandemic Peloton acquired Tonic Fitness Technology, a company that has been manufacturing Peloton’s high tech spin bikes for a bunch of years.  And Tonic recently filed a patent application for a a high tech indoor rowing machine with the U.S. Patent Office.

Piecing in all together…

The 2nd most popular question I get (the first being about my disco ball) is about shoes and cleats. For the first couple of years after purchasing my Sunny I just wore my running sneakers and slipped my foot into the toe cage. It seemed fine and I was content but I did have a lingering curiosity.  After 525 rides on my Sunny I upgraded to a Keiser M3i which, like the Sunny, had toe cages on one side of pedal but also allowed me to “clip in” on the other side.  I finally took the plunge and bought some cycling shoes but holy smokes, the whole process was very confusing!!  Only certain shoes are compatible with certain cleats that are only compatible with certain pedals.  In fact, I initially even bought the wrong type.  Ugh. It was like learning a whole new language!  I thought I would share what I learned:

My readers are always on the lookout for a quality Peloton resistance conversion chart.  A copy of a resistance chart to complete the “Peloton Hack” is probably THE number one request I receive.  As I noted in my earlier “How to Measure Resistance with the Peloton App” post, the questions usually sound like this:

  • How do I  convert Peloton resistance to my Sunny or Keiser M3i?
  • Is it worth it to buy these fancy power pedals (pretty cool, check them out!)?
  • Is there anything similar to this Wahoo cadence sensor that will measure resistance?
  • How do I measure resistance on my Sunny?
  • How do I convert Peloton resistance when using my own bike with the Peloton App?
  • Should I just give up on life and buy one of these?  (Just kidding…)

Read on to learn more about resistance and see various Peloton conversion resistance charts for Sunny, Keiser, Echelon and NordicTrack spin bikes!

I just streamed my first Peloton class today from their new London studio with UK based instructor Leanne Hainsby!  She is super energetic, I love the accent and she is serious competition to knock  Emma Lovewell, my current favorite Peloton instructor, out of the No. 1 spot.  She also left me drenched in sweat.  I look forward to taking many more classes with Leanne.  This is all virtual, of course, I did not hop on a plane to Peloton’s London studio, although that would be nice.  🙂

I also just learned that Peloton will be opening a studio in Australia post-pandemic! I cannot wait to meet the new instructors.


Here it is – this year’s No. 1 Peloton App Accessory! Plenty of pictures and videos below.

Whether you are shopping for someone that needs a little more fun spinning at home or you are looking to spice up your spin life, this gadget is a no-brainer!

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