It was only a year ago when I first heard about the Peloton bike. It seemed like everyone and their mom had a Peloton bike or tread.
With such a big price tag (almost $2,500 with tax and shipping), I had no idea what all the rage was. Isn’t it just a bike with a screen attached to it? That’s when I fell down the rabbit hole of Peloton and the cult-like community. Peloton members had me wondering what I was missing out on. Then my friends started getting bikes and well… I couldn’t help myself. I bought a Peloton bike, too.
This post is going over everything you need to know about the Peloton bike, including:
- If the Peloton bike is right for you
- How to know you should NOT get a Peloton bike
- Benefits of the Peloton bike, Peloton membership, and cycling in general
- Which accessories you absolutely need for the bike
- What I love and hate about the Peloton bike
Let’s get started!
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What is a Peloton bike?
Peloton is a multi-billion dollar company known for their indoor bikes and treadmills lead by motivating instructors. You have the option of getting the original Bike or Bike+ which allows you to get an incredible workout at home.
The Peloton bike has a real-time leaderboard, performance metrics, live classes with the membership, and an amazing community that is often joked as being a cult.
Benefits of a Peloton bike
- Compact and can fit in small spaces
- Quiet (like creepily quiet somehow)
- Convenience of working out at home
Benefits of a Peloton membership
- Live weekly classes
- On-Demand classes
- Motivating instructors
- Only 1 membership needed per household (if you have the bike or tread)
You also get classes like
- Strength training
- Outdoor running
There really is something for everybody and all fitness levels.
Benefits of cycling
- Boosts physical endurance and stamina
- May improve posture
- May reduce stress levels
- Enhances immune system
- May aid in blood pressure control and/or cholesterol control
- May improve sleep patterns
- Easy on the joints, effective workout for long-term
I personally had the experience of improved deep sleep.
Should you get a Peloton bike?
This depends on several factors.
If you say yes to any of the below, a Peloton might be a good decision:
- I spend over $100 a month on a cycling membership
- I want to exercise in the convenience of my home
- I enjoy spinning/cycling classes
I know a lot of people like leaving their house and going to a gym. Gyms oftentimes have a great in-person community. If you enjoy getting some fresh air and being at the gym, keep doing that.
I personally wanted the bike because I’m not a fan of the gyms in my area. I was oftentimes the only person cleaning after using the gym equipment and with the added rule of wearing a mask while working out, I knew it was time for me to get a Peloton bike.
How much is a Peloton bike?
Original bike: $1,895
Membership: $39 (if you have Peloton equipment like the bike or tread) or $12.99 for single-user membership
I personally have the original bike and think it’s perfect.
You get the option of financing your Peloton bike with Affirm with 0% APR. I like that Peloton gives this option because it’s similar to paying a gym membership each month, yet you get to exercise in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Original bike financing: $49/month for 39 months
Bike+ financing: $64/month for 39 months
I opted to finance the Peloton bike because it’s interest-free. I like seeing the Peloton money taken out monthly as it keeps my head in the game and I’m constantly reminded I’m paying for the bike, so I better use it. What you choose to do is up to you.
My boyfriend and I share the bike, so we are splitting the cost. We each pay $51 for the bike and membership, so it comes out very affordable for us.
Should you get the original Bike or Bike+?
I bought the original Peloton bike one month before Peloton announced the new Bike+. Once Peloton announced the new Bike+, they dropped the price on the original Bike from $2,245 to $1,895. Since I had just bought the bike only a few weeks before the price drop, Peloton gave me a refund on the price difference.
I also had the option to upgrade to the Bike+, but at a price of $2,495, I didn’t find it personally worth it for me.
Upgrades on the Bike+:
The Bike+ came out fall 2020 and has a few updates that the original bike does not have. This includes:
- Rotating touchscreen
- Touchscreen 2.3″ bigger
- Improved sound system
- Resistance knob with auto follow
Height 60″ (152.4 cm), width 24″ (61 cm), length 48″ (121.9 cm). 21.5″ touchscreen. The bike is compact and can fit even in small apartments tight on space.
As you can see below, the Peloton bike can fit in the tiniest of spaces. We live in a 1000 sq foot duplex with most of the space already used, but I still managed to find the perfect spot for my bike. We had a crazy snow day a couple days after I got my bike and I was able to watch the snow storm while on my bike. It was magical!
Added benefits of the Peloton bike? You can dance on it, too. See below.
What accessories do you need?
I only bought the Peloton mat and found it was worth it due to the price being similar on sites like Amazon or Walmart. You can buy clip-in bike shoes and cleats at local bike stores. Most bike stores have a clearance area with high-quality stores, too.
However, you definitely need:
Options for added comfort but not necessary
- Portable handheld fan
- Spintray to convert Peloton to an office
- Sweat towel frame wrap
- Shoe hanger
- Bike shorts (I use for added comfort)
What I don’t like about the Peloton
I waited several months to buy a Peloton bike due to the scary reviews online. If you look at a Peloton Instagram post and read the comments, you’ll find many comments of upset Peloton customers. This is due to people not getting their bike on time nor getting parts fixed in time. I’ve been lucky enough to not have any problems yet and my Peloton buying experience has been positive.
I think this company grew way too fast and it does make me upset to see so many people having negative experiences. I’m hoping Peloton improves and learns from all of this for the future.
What I love about the Peloton
I no longer “need” motivation to workout. The bike is right there in eyesight at all times and I jump on. The classes are always challenging and the community is awesome. The live classes are inspiring and exciting and there’s always something different to try.
If you have trouble sticking to an exercise program, I find this the easiest program ever to stick to.
I also really really enjoy the scenic rides! There are quite a few to choose from, as you can see below.
I recommend checking out bike stores in your area and trying bike shoes on in-person. Bike shoes sizing can be off and you may need a size smaller or bigger. Save the time and shop local.
I live in a bike town, so there are a ton of bike stores to purchase shoes. I bought Specialized bike shoes that were on clearance for $60.
Cleaning the peloton
It’s important to make sure that you spray your microfiber towel first and not spray directly onto the Peloton bike. You can use Clorox wipes to wipe everything down, but I find it very wasteful so I personally don’t do that.
Peloton has a full article on cleaning your Peloton bike properly.
Sore bum issues
One of the most common issues people have when first getting a Peloton bike is sore bum issues. Outdoor cycling is one of my favorite activities, so I had no issues.
Your sore bum issue will go away in about a week or less. To make things easier, I recommend buying some affordable bike shorts and wearing them on the bike. They have a padded butt area that makes it extra comfy and even makes you feel like a true cycler.
The #1 issue people have with their Peloton bike is clipping out. My tip is to press forward and out away from the bike. You will get the hang of it, it’s so easy once you get it down.
If a Peloton bike is too expensive or you believe it’s not worth the price, you can still take advantage of the live Peloton classes on your phone or iPad and set it on another exercise bike.
Bike options include:
- Nordictrack Commercial Studio Cycle
- L Now Indoor Exercise Bike
- Cyclace Indoor Bike
- Echelon EX3 Smart Bike
If you can afford it, I obviously recommend the Peloton bike. I personally think it looks the best out of any indoor bike and it’s incredibly quiet.
Peloton referral code
Due to special rules related to the Peloton referral code, I can only give my code to friends or family. If we’re friends or family, use my code FX6J5N for $100 off accessories with a Peloton bike or tread purchase.
Favorite Peloton instructors
I’ve taken classes by almost all of the instructors, and have to say I’m always coming back to Alex Toussaint’s classes. He’s my favorite (as well as my boyfriend’s fav). Robin Arzon, Olivia Amato and Emma Lovewell are also becoming favorites of mine.
Purchasing a Peloton bike is one of the best investments I’ve made for myself. I ride it almost daily, I enjoy hopping on the bike every single time, and love how I never have to take a class twice.
If you’re on the fence about purchasing a Peloton and have been thinking about it for months, I encourage you to go for it. I waited almost a year to buy a Peloton bike and wish I would’ve just done it the first month I was thinking about it.
Do you have a Peloton bike? What’s your experience been like?
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