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Anyone have one? Curious if it is as good as advertised. It gets great reviews but I would love to hear personal experiences. I'm 44 and used to be in great shape prior to kids, 3 jobs etc. I need something that is convenient and easy to stick with. I know it is expensive but if I stay with it, it would be money well spent. Thanks in advance.
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    I've never used one, but ride an actual bike quite bit. I don't know the cost of this bike but if you already have a road bike you could get a trainer and there are tons of good videos on youtube for workouts - GCN's channel has a bunch that are pretty good. They are road bike training specific though, so maybe not really "fun". The thing I struggle with for any kind of home exercise is motivation to keep it a habit. I've had better luck going to spin classes than the home trainer route. Though maybe using the social media/work out tracking function of the newer ones might be better.
    So... basically i answered a bunch of other questions, but not the one that you actually asked.
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    Are you looking at getting into cycling during the non-winter months? If so, I'd honestly suggest you just buy a road bike, indoor trainer and get a subscription to Zwift.

    You may end up paying more upfront, but you'll get year-round use. Riding on indoor trainers sucks the soul out of you, so you might as well get a bike to take out during the nice months.
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    Are you looking at getting into cycling during the non-winter months? If so, I'd honestly suggest you just buy a road bike, indoor trainer and get a subscription to Zwift.

    You may end up paying more upfront, but you'll get year-round use. Riding on indoor trainers sucks the soul out of you, so you might as well get a bike to take out during the nice months.
    I'm just trying to get into better shape. This seems like something I might be able to stick with because of the convenience and the technology involved.
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    Rodey what is Zwift?
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    Rodey what is Zwift?
    google....?
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    No thanks. I want to hear it from him. He's my friend and I would like to hear an explanation and opinion.

    Thanks for making me aware of the world's largest website that I do work for on a daily basis, though. You are a great friend too.
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    Google rebranded???
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    I'm just trying to get into better shape. This seems like something I might be able to stick with because of the convenience and the technology involved.
    I think it'd be more worthwhile to get a bike and smart trainer. You can get a pretty solid bike for less than what it'll cost you for the Peloton bike and then you can ride it during the non-winter months.

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    Rodey what is Zwift?
    It's like an online multiplayer training world. You put your bike on a smart trainer (or use ANT+ sensors on a classic trainer) and your guy moves on the screen. It's become huge. With a smart trainer, your resistance will adjust based on terrain. If there's a hill, it'll be harder to pedal, etc.
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    I think it'd be more worthwhile to get a bike and smart trainer. You can get a pretty solid bike for less than what it'll cost you for the Peloton bike and then you can ride it during the non-winter months.



    It's like an online multiplayer training world. You put your bike on a smart trainer (or use ANT+ sensors on a classic trainer) and your guy moves on the screen. It's become huge. With a smart trainer, your resistance will adjust based on terrain. If there's a hill, it'll be harder to pedal, etc.
    I use my Giant Escape? Have you done this? Is it something that I can do in my house / garage during winter?
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    I use my Giant Escape? Have you done this? Is it something that I can do in my house / garage during winter?
    You'd have to buy an indoor trainer.
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    Re: Peloton bike

    So anyone actually have one? Or know someone who does?
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    So anyone actually have one? Or know someone who does?
    I'm considering getting one as well and hoping someone can chime in. Are there ongoing monthly fees associated with the classes? That's the vibe I got when I looked into it and that would annoy me.
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    Yes you need subscription with the bike
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    Rebecca De Mornay has one.
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    Not to be that guy, but don't get why anyone would pay $2000 for one of these when you can get a decent road bike and indoor trainer (which accomplishes the same thing) for equal or lesser value and not lose any of the experience.
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    Not to be that guy, but don't get why anyone would pay $2000 for one of these when you can get a decent road bike and indoor trainer (which accomplishes the same thing) for equal or lesser value and not lose any of the experience.
    I'm not fully educated on the different options, but I have to imagine you would be losing some of the experience. I like the idea of having this in my basement so that I can go take an hour "class" whenever I want. It seems like there are a bunch of different options and motivating tactics built into it.

    My main complaint, which I mentioned earlier, would be that I'd want this to replace my gym membership in the winter and paying a monthly fee for the extra perks seems like overkill. It's already expensive, those should just come with the purchase.
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    I'm not fully educated on the different options, but I have to imagine you would be losing some of the experience. I like the idea of having this in my basement so that I can go take an hour "class" whenever I want. It seems like there are a bunch of different options and motivating tactics built into it.

    My main complaint, which I mentioned earlier, would be that I'd want this to replace my gym membership in the winter and paying a monthly fee for the extra perks seems like overkill. It's already expensive, those should just come with the purchase.
    I believe Peloton started off as an app (and still is one) that you can use on any bike/stationary bike and then they just manufactured a bike and started charging a crazy amount of money.

    If you're set on something like Peloton, I would just get a cheaper stationary bike or solid road bike and download the app and pay for the subscription that way.
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    Not to be that guy, but don't get why anyone would pay $2000 for one of these when you can get a decent road bike and indoor trainer (which accomplishes the same thing) for equal or lesser value and not lose any of the experience.
    I'm not so certain that it has the same experience. Plus the Peloton is one purchase, not several purchases. While it may be cheaper, there are also cons that go along with going that route. But that's why I'm asking, to get info about it. While money is a factor, it's not the main factor in my decision. I don't see very many of these for sale so I am guessing that people who have them tend to hold on to them. I don't want to buy a pool table, if you know what I mean.
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    I believe Peloton started off as an app (and still is one) that you can use on any bike/stationary bike and then they just manufactured a bike and started charging a crazy amount of money.

    If you're set on something like Peloton, I would just get a cheaper stationary bike or solid road bike and download the app and pay for the subscription that way.
    But that does not have the interaction between the app and the bike. Correct?
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    I'm not so certain that it has the same experience. Plus the Peloton is one purchase, not several purchases. While it may be cheaper, there are also cons that go along with going that route. But that's why I'm asking, to get info about it. While money is a factor, it's not the main factor in my decision. I don't see very many of these for sale so I am guessing that people who have them tend to hold on to them. I don't want to buy a pool table, if you know what I mean.
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    But that does not have the interaction between the app and the bike. Correct?
    What do you mean the same interaction? The Peloton bike isn't interacting with anything. It's literally just a spin bike with a screen on it from my understanding.
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    For what it’s worth, if I’m riding indoors I actually prefer the feel of a stationary bike (a good one anyway) over my bike on a trainer. Feels more stable or something, which seems a bit weird since a real bike obviously less stable in the real world and I much prefer that. And there is the element of bike maintenance than still needs to done when riding on a trainer, though much reduced compared to the outdoors.
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    For what itís worth, if Iím riding indoors I actually prefer the feel of a stationary bike (a good one anyway) over my bike on a trainer. Feels more stable or something, which seems a bit weird since a real bike obviously less stable in the real world and I much prefer that. And there is the element of bike maintenance than still needs to done when riding on a trainer, though much reduced compared to the outdoors.
    Depends what kind of trainer you have. Wheel-off trainers are incredible. That said I would almost always choose my bike on a trainer than a stationary bike.
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    Depends what kind of trainer you have. Wheel-off trainers are incredible. That said I would almost always choose my bike on a trainer than a stationary bike.
    Iíve never actually tried a wheel off trainer, they seem pretty cool. I could use google, but how does it work? Does the trainer have its own cogset? Then you need to adjust your derailleur for it? Need to use the same gear range as your bike so that the chain length is right?
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    Iíve never actually tried a wheel off trainer, they seem pretty cool. I could use google, but how does it work? Does the trainer have its own cogset? Then you need to adjust your derailleur for it? Need to use the same gear range as your bike so that the chain length is right?
    They're more expensive, but they give a better feel. I've only tried them out.

    But yeah, it comes with it's own cassette. I think most come with like an 11x26, which should be good for pretty much everyone. Then you just take your wheel off and mount your bike.
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    OP, I'm sure the Peloton works well if you want to spend that much money on something that is always going to sit in your house. If you have absolutely no interest in ever hopping on a bike and going for rides outdoors, then it probably fits your needs.

    That said if you think you'll develop in interest in cycling, I would highly suggest going a different route.
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