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The 2
nd 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:

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:
  • 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?
  • 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?

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!


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!

The holidays are right around the corner and I would have predicted that the Peloton bike would be this year’s No. 1 gift for home exercise enthusiasts; however, with reported shipping delays of up to 4 months it may be time to find another (and possibly more affordable) spin bike.

Peloton is undoubtedly the leader in the spin-at-home movement and they only grew in popularity during the pandemic. But as we know, not everyone can afford to buy a Peloton bike and then pay its $39 monthly fee.  (I can’t, that is for sure – its just not in the budget.)  As I’ve explained over the past couple of years, 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 their own less expensive bike.  If you follow my blog posts, I’ve been preaching about how great the Peloton App is for a while now.  It’s truly wonderful.

If you are thinking of giving someone an exercise bike this Christmas but can’t go all in with the Peloton or don’t want to deal with shipping delays, there are many other types of bikes out there at various price points that can be paired with the Peloton App.  I tried a bunch before I bought my Sunny and here is what I found.

Peloton recently announced that you could now finance the purchase of a new Peloton bike.  Is it a good deal? Here are my thoughts:

Buy Without Financing:  As detailed in my earlier  Peloton App blog purchasing a Peloton bike without financing costs about $3,000 when you add in delivery, $468 class subscription fees for the first year ($39 per month), $125 for clip-in shoes, exercise mat, etc.  Way outside of my budget.

0% APR Financing:  While a 0% down APR sounds like a great detail, the devil is in the details.  For qualified buyers, Peloton allows  you to make 39 monthly payments of $64 for the Peloton Bike+ or $49 for the Peloton Bike (the original). In addition to the cost of the bike, shoes, etc. to qualify for the 0% financing you need to commit to a 39-month class subscription of $39/mo. totaling $1,521.   By my math the grand total over the 39-month period will be almost a $4,053 – $4,455 commitment when you add all the extras.

You’ve asked and I answered.  With permission from Peloton App User #Libow, I’ve posted a comprehensive review of 40 different spin bikes to use  with the Peloton App to help you create your own Peloton hack. This list includes everything that you need to know to help you decide which at-home spin bike is best for you and your budget.   I wish I had something like this when I was deciding on my first spin bike (and the inspiration for my original Peloton App review).

As for me,  you all know that after taking 500+ rides on my very affordable Sunny SF-B1509 that I recently upgraded to a beautiful Keiser M3i.  I found this information very helpful in making my purchase decision.

Read on to access the spreadsheet.

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