The GoodFairly compact
• Effective workouts
• Library comes with thousands of classes to choose fromThe BadExpensive • Monthly subscription fee Bottom LineThe Peloton Bike is expensive, but it comes with thousands of engaging and effective workouts that are all packed into a beautiful piece of equipment.⚡ Mashable Score4.75😎 Cool Factor5.0📘Learning Curve4.0💪Performance5.0💵Bang for the Buck5.0
Work(out) From Home is a weekly column where we review smart fitness machines in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to technology, there are still plenty of ways to exercise if your gym is closed.
Back in December, everyone roasted Peloton for its holiday ad. You know, the one where a husband gives his wife a Peloton bike for Christmas and she vlogs her experience while looking incredibly nervous.
Once the coronavirus outbreak got worse and gyms began to shut down, though, all of Twitter erupted with jokes like, “Bet you wish your husband got you that Peloton for Christmas now.”
And, they’re not wrong.
Unlike your standard indoor cycling bike, the smart, connected Peloton comes equipped with a display and companion app so you can follow along in a huge catalog of on-demand and live classes. But with a starting price of $2,245, the bike is expensive. It’s tough to justify such a purchase during this very unstable time.
If you can swing it, however, it’s truly worth it.
Every day, I put on my workout clothes, clip my shoes into the bike, power up the display, and cycle away to some upbeat music for at least half an hour. It’s one of the only activities that makes me forget the world is basically on fire.
The workouts are tough, but the captivating experience and (practically) never-ending list of exercise classes is enough to make me want to glue myself to the seat and stay in the magical Peloton universe forever.
Or, at least until COVID-19 is just a distant memory.
That price, though
Before we dive into the bike, let’s examine how much it costs. Because it’s not cheap.
Regardless of which package you choose, each comes with a one-year warranty, home delivery, and financing for up to 39 months.
Starting at $2,245 (or $58 per month), the Basics Package includes only the Peloton Bike. The Essentials Package costs $2,404 ($62 per month) and comes with the bike, a pair of shoes, and a pair of headphones, made by Urbanears, though you can pair with your own via Bluetooth. For $2,494 ($64 per month), you’ll get all the aforementioned goodies with the addition of a heart rate monitor and a bike mat.
The most expensive option is the Family Package. For $2,694 ($70 per month), you get the bike, a set of weights, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of headphones, a bike mat, and two water bottles. It’s a good option if you’re going to be sharing the bike but don’t want to share the accessories.
You’ll also have to sign up for a subscription to take full advantage of the bike. That costs $39 per month and gives you access to Peloton’s on-demand library and programs, as well as live-streamed classes.
Ordering a Peloton during this pandemic comes with a few caveats. Deliveries, which normally take up to two to three weeks, might take up to four weeks now, depending on where you live.
To keep from spreading germs, the bike will be left in front of your door fully assembled. During the typical delivery process, team members usually come in and set up the bike where you want it. So keep in mind that you’ll have to move this thing in yourself.
From there, all you have to do is plug it in and follow the steps on the display, such as filling out your profile information and settings.
As compact as it’ll get
I’m currently quarantined inside my parents’ townhouse in New Jersey, so I’m lucky to have a lot more space for fitness equipment than I would in my apartment back in NYC. However, coming in at 4 feet long and 2 feet wide, the Peloton is compact enough that you could squeeze it in your living room or maybe even your bedroom.
In terms of design, the bike is made out of carbon steel but features Peloton’s signature red touches on both the resistance knob and the belt drive. The height of the handlebars, seat, and display are all easily adjustable too. For someone with short arms and legs like me, it took a while to find a comfortable sweet spot, but it just required a little patience. The 21.5-inch touchscreen display with 1080p resolution feels responsive and looks really crisp.
Using Bluetooth, you can pair a heart rate monitor to the Bike. In addition to the Peloton-branded monitor, it’s also compatible with Strava, Fitbit, Apple’s Health app, and the Apple Watch, so you can sync your metrics.
I highly recommend making sure that wherever you place the bike, it’s as close to the Wi-Fi router as possible. I kept my bike in the garage, which is rather far from our router. There were times when the video would stop to buffer mid-class, which was super annoying after a while. Especially when you’re getting intensely into your workout.