Peloton-esque Indoor Cycling Bike

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 11.21.02 AM.pngI’m pretty sure I was the female version of Lance Armstrong in a former life — minus the enhancement drugs, of course.

I currently hold the highest score in Wii Cycling. This is a legitimate accomplishment.

You know how hard it is to “cycle” with two controllers? Yeah, no. Few people do.

Well, since I do, the most logical next step is to take my expertise to the road; and by “the road,” I mean my living room.

I don’t think I have enough coordination to brave the open road yet. It’s a head-over-handlebars accident waiting to happen.

I’ve been eyeing the Peloton Indoor Cycling Bike — it’s beautiful, the metrics are displayed on the super huge attached screen and there are live and on-demand classes with certified instructors. Yes, please.

It’s also $2000 base. Spending $2000+ on an indoor cycling bike is not on my to-do list. Ever. No, ma’am. No, sir.

Okay, I thought about it, but the $49 mandatory monthly subscription fee, on top of the ridiculously expensive bike, to access the live and on-demand classes pissed me off and I had to exit stage left a la Viola Davis gif.

After by blood pressure regulated from the audacity of Peloton trying to release me of rent and car payments for a month, I realized I still wanted the bike, but not the price tag.

So, what does a little tap and click on the Google search machine render? The Peloton program, complete with the same live and on-demand classes, on a stand-alone app via the iTunes store.

This is happening. Wheels turning, smirk emerging, pockets rejoicing. I had to hack the Peloton bike. Sorry, Peloton.

Some thorough research on mid-level spin bikes under $400 with a 49lb flywheel led me to the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycling Bike. The ride is smooth and the accents are orange. No complaints here.

I downloaded the Peloton app on my iPad, signed up for the 14-day free trial, attached  the iPad to the handlebars of my brand spanking new indoor cycling bike with a tablet mount, and voila — Peloton bike!

Well, kind of. There’s no live metrics and I had to Google what the resistance levels mean, but it serves my purposes for far, far less than what I would have paid with the Peloton bike.

When the 14-day trial ends for the Peloton app, the monthly fee is still only $12.99/month. I think that’s a fair trade-off — especially with the lack of a gym membership.

I kind of love it. I’ve completed a few of the on-demand classes and pretty much fall over at the end of each one. Perhaps I’ll revisit the Peloton bike in a few years (if they ever drop the mandatory subscription fee), but for now, I’m kind of winning.

Yay, me!

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