Any Peloton bike users here?

Any Peloton bike users here?

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pablo

15,559 posts

238 months

Saturday 6th February
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Fletch79 said:
To me Peloton is a crazy amount of money for a static bike, and by all accounts its nothing more than a basic spin bike with a posh iPad attached to it!

The Peloton monthly cost is Crazy, when compare to the likes of Zwift/Sufferfest/Xert/Rouvy/Training Peaks (about £6-13)
For the upfront cost you could get a good entry level Adventure/Endurance bike, and a Good turbo Trainer

https://www.boardmanbikes.com/gb_en/products/2332-... - £1000
https://uk.wahoofitness.com/devices/bike-trainers/... - £699

You now have a decent enough bike, a trainer for the winter
and a saving of around £30 a month!

Zwift is a 'Game' where you can race and do a training programs
Rouvy Uses an Augmented reality
The others are full on training apps
To be fair MCM87 makes loads of valid points as to why they are so successful and ultimately it’s not designed for cyclists. They’re not trying to tempt people away from road cycling. The majority of peloton users have no desire to ride outside. Peloton are trying to tempt people away from gyms. My question has always been will that strategy work post covid when no one can see you “peloton” (is it a verb yet?!) I find the whole thing fascinating and scoffed at the outset that it couldn’t possibly work but now I’m something of an admirer I even if I’d never buy one.

It’s a community and when your friends are already in it, FOMO means others want to join in. It’s like the Range Rover Evoque/Q3/SUV...

Everyone knows how much they cost, so like gym membership, it’s a statement of wealth. I’m not saying people here choose them for that reason but some will. Everyone knows peloton costs about £2k to buy, very few could tell you how much a similar value bike cost just by looking at it.

It can be used by a number of people with minor adjustments (look at the difference in saddle/bar drop between your typical road bike and a peloton bike) . Mrspablo would never get comfy enough on my road bike to ride it on the trainer.

It’s a spin class not cycling

If there is no race ala zwift, you can’t lose

It’s not oily, it’s not noisy



Edited by pablo on Saturday 6th February 09:56

Gribs

427 posts

101 months

Saturday 6th February
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pablo said:
It’s a community and when your friends are already in it, FOMO means others want to join in. It’s like the Range Rover Evoque/Q3/SUV...

Everyone knows how much they cost, so like gym membership, it’s a statement of wealth. I’m not saying people here choose them for that reason but some will. Everyone knows peloton costs about £2k to buy, very few could tell you how much a similar value bike cost just by looking at it.

It can be used by a number of people with minor adjustments (look at the difference in saddle/bar drop between your typical road bike and a peloton bike) . Mrspablo would never get comfy enough on my road bike to ride it on the trainer.

It’s a spin class not cycling

Edited by pablo on Saturday 6th February 09:56
They're very much a lifestyle accessory as that's the only real thing you get with a Peleton bike over just using the app with a proper spinning bike. The bike+ does look like an improvement but doesn't appear to offer anything extra if you only care about spinning classes, and is lacking connectivity for use with other platforms.

cerb4.5lee

18,776 posts

145 months

Monday 15th February
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Had a peloton bike + since December last year and I am enjoying it. I find it strangely addictive and I like how quick and easy it is to just jump on(I used to going running). It is definitely expensive overall though(many cheaper alternatives from what I read on here), however I'm finding myself really wanting the Peloton treadmill as well now!


Tigerjock

3 posts

54 months

Wednesday 10th March
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My lass announced last September that she had purchased one as she had canned the idea of spin classes at the gym. So late Sept this bike that goes nowhere rocked up.
I was extremely cynical that it was the proverbial expensive clothes hanger and would be looking to up gumtree after Xmas.

I'm an avid road/off road cyclist after rediscovering my passion when I retired from playing rugby 5 years ago so to me it was an American inspired gimmick that had made its way over the pond and she had bought into the hype.

However I believe in don't knock it till you try it so had a look round the classes/instructors line up ( Which is extremely varied ) and tried a few things out as the nights drew in.

Yes there was the obligatory 30 min leg crushing sessions with 20 something fitness fanatics utilising the clichés etc...but then I checked out powerzone training....so fast forward to March and I now have 160 various powerzone rides under my belt and tbh I can see and feel the difference...acid test is when I get my old arse back out on the road in the next couple of weeks and see what improvements/gains I've made.

Its not for everyone but its certainly not just a spin bike but you still need to have the motivation of swinging your leg over, clipping in and riding.

Not Ideal

2,735 posts

153 months

Wednesday 10th March
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^^ agree with both above.

I bought one for the wife for lockdown and ended up selling my turbo to a mate on the back of it (mostly space related).

It gets a LOT of use - I use it 3-4x a week and the wife probably 4-5x.

It isn't for everyone and probably not for hardcore cyclists but its very good at what it does. Interface is super slick and it just works every time.

Its very easy to get on and do a 30 or 45min class and come out the other side feeling like you've given everything.

Sometimes the classes can get a bit too much, so I do a free-ride and just watch TV whilst pedaling and that also works well.

No getting away from it - it is expensive but so were the spin classes at 25gbp a pop that the wife was doing pre-C19.

Overall, I'm thoroughly happy we got one. Definitely don't knock it until you've tried it.

RichardAP

199 posts

7 months

Wednesday 10th March
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cerb4.5lee said:
Had a peloton bike + since December last year and I am enjoying it. I find it strangely addictive and I like how quick and easy it is to just jump on(I used to going running). It is definitely expensive overall though(many cheaper alternatives from what I read on here), however I'm finding myself really wanting the Peloton treadmill as well now!
Got our tread a month ago. Really enjoying it, the running/full body workout classes are a good way to mix it up too, rather than just straight forward running at your own pace.

Gribs

427 posts

101 months

Wednesday 10th March
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Not Ideal said:
No getting away from it - it is expensive but so were the spin classes at 25gbp a pop that the wife was doing pre-C19.

How much? That price makes no sense at all. When able I'd do some spinning classes as part of my Leeds council gym membership which is less than £25 a month.

Not Ideal

2,735 posts

153 months

Thursday 11th March
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Gribs said:

How much? That price makes no sense at all. When able I'd do some spinning classes as part of my Leeds council gym membership which is less than £25 a month.
They're just online at the mom but the wife was going here a lot.

https://psyclelondon.com/#

gangzoom

3,892 posts

180 months

Wednesday 14th April
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Got my wife back on her real bike last weekend and enjoyed it, so despite my reservations about on going costs we now have one coming....



Edited by gangzoom on Wednesday 14th April 21:41

Smudge1664

8 posts

155 months

Thursday 15th April
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Picked the series 1 up right at the beginning of lockdown 2020. Currently on a 54 week streak! (Same applies to the wife) we also use some other classes on the app.
Quite frankly it’s one of the best things I’ve purchased in years, the whole experience on the bike, in the classes, and racing on the leaderboards is great. It’s not cheap at £39 a month, but when you look at how easily you get through £39 a month on takeaway coffees, and booze (maybe that’s just me) I think it’s good value when you consider that’s two people doing 30+ spin classes between us a month