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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.

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-B1002 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.

I have some exciting news!  Equinox recently announced that starting this Fall, they will launch a digital fitness platform. This digital fitness platform will include classes and content from its family of brands, including SoulCycle and Precision Run!  The new platform will integrate live and on-demand content (pre-pandemic, the content was going to be from over 300 locations but I imagine that they have streamlined that a bit).

[Big update below]

The SoulCycle App

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….

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:

UPDATE: Peloton confirmed this week that they WILL indeed launch a Peloton rower in 2020 although no further details about the rower or its interoperability with the Peloton App were provided.  The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to delay things is my guess.

OK, this is purely speculative but I THINK Peloton will soon be releasing a Peloton Rowing Machine.

This past October 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…

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