a month ago
I never thought I would be one of those people who is obsessed with Peloton. But during the pandemic, after going stir crazy inside the house, I finally splurged and purchased the bike and a subscription. A huge incentive for taking the plunge was the ability to use Affirm on this purchase. The BIKE: The actual bike itself was so fun and a lifesaver. Unexpectedly, Hannah Frankson's guided rides got me through a breakup. (She is so fun without the annoying toxic positivity!) And I've really enjoyed my rides with a number of the other instructors. Cody and Tunde are standouts! There is also an option to take virtual scenic rides and recently Peloton has added the ability to watch streaming services while you pedal. Amazing!! It should be said this bike is SILENT. I was shocked how unbelievably quiet. You can plug in your headphones or connect wirelessly through bluetooth. Now we have to talk about one of the biggest cons. The bike seat was my enemy for so long. I had to buy a seat cover to take the edge off and get some relief with extra cushioning. If you take short rides once or twice a week -- everything should be fine. But anything more will take some getting used to. Thankfully, this is only temporary so after a few weeks no longer an issue. The only other major fix is to just triple check the adjustments on the seat height. The SHOES: I have wide feet and initially was concerned because I'd heard/read that the peloton shoes are quite narrow. I ended up buying another pair of 3rd party shoes with delta cleats (Peloton compatible clip-ins). It turns out I never needed them -- as the Peloton shoes worked just fine! The APP: I really love the app. I subscribed for the guided rides, but I have used it for a number of other classes. The strength training classes and the guided stretches are so, so good -- but I have also been using the tread classes without a peloton treadmill and surprisingly these have turned out to be my favorite classes. I have an Apple Watch so even though I don't have the Pelo-Tread -- I still get the metric feedback. (Generally, the Apple Watch/Peloton App sync is really great) Additional details -- the app does have a social element to connect with other users or friends who subscribe. For the bike this means you can virtually take classes together with your friends. Overall I have no regrets for this purchase, and years later, I still use the Peloton app nearly every week.