Let’s face it: It’s hard to get your butt to Soul Cycle on a beautiful day, never mind when it’s snowing or raining outside. But thanks to the Peloton bike, one only has to roll out of bed and walk a few steps to partake in a live spinning class. That’s right, this bike—with it’s giant, 21.5-inch HD touchscreen—offers 12 daily live rides taught by top industry instructors, as well as more than 4,000 classes on demand.
How does it work? Peloton has a brick-and-mortar studio in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, where students flock each day thanks to the brand’s celebrity-esque trainers. Case in point: Christian Vande Velde and George Hincapie, two of those instructors, are quintessential kings of cycling with 28 Tour de France rides between them have dozens of taped classes on demand. Robin Arzon, another instructor, has 80,000 followers on Instagram. Allowing consumers to tap into this level of pedigree, alongside a live DJ spinning the day’s hottest tracks, is why the company is on track to generate more than $150 million in profits this year. (That’s three times what it made last year.)
Back to that touchscreen we told you about—encompassing both Wifi and Bluetooth technology, the monitor also tracks your metrics (heart rate, calories burned, average output, data over time, etc.) throughout each ride. A real-time leaderboard is sure to bring out your competitive side by flashing the metrics of your fellow riders.
Another perk? This bike isn’t an eyesore to look at. Its sleek design won’t detract from your bedroom/office/living room or wherever you’re planning on sweating it out. What happens if you want to fit in a ride before your early morning commute? Unlike most stationary bikes, Peloton’s belt is so quiet that it’s nearly silent—meaning you won’t wake up your partner when you’re tackling a hill at 5 a.m. Yes, the $1995 price tag is a bit steep. But when you consider the going rate for spinning classes—typically $20 to $35 a pop—the bike pays for itself after a year or so.
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