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If you're looking to get and stay fit, you could do worse than investing in an indoor cycling bike for your home gym. You see, indoor cycling is all the rage these days, with Peloton leading the pricey charge to get a bike into every home. Although gyms and spin studios are starting to open back up, there's much to be said for the convenience of working out on your own schedule, without having to go someplace other than your living room. Further, the ubiquity of workout videos and apps specifically tailored to indoor cycling has ensured that you can find an instructor and workout that fits your exercise needs -- no matter how niche they may be.
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I spent a month riding the Peloton Bike Plus -- and liked...
But do you really have to pay $1,895 for a Peloton Bike or $2,495 for a Bike Plus, along with $39 a month for Peloton workout classes? Thankfully: no. There are plenty of indoor bikes that will let you pedal away at a much lower cost. Below I've rounded up a variety of Peloton alternatives, including one that's "free" (sort of). I've tried most of them and will continue to update this post as I'm able to try others. (In the meantime, if you want the cheapest possible option, see my story on a .)For now, let's talk about two key features that affect an indoor cycle's price: the screen and the subscription. Read more:
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The screen: Built-in or BYO? The sexiest aspect of the Peloton exercise bike is, without question, its big HD touchscreen. It feels luxurious to interact with such a spacious display, whether for browsing Peloton classes, viewing your cycling stats or vay tiền bằng cmnd online just watching your onscreen Peloton instructor. Of course, that's also a big reason the bike is so expensive; many indoor spin bike competitors come with a smaller screen or none at all.
The Bowflex C6, for example, doesn't come with any kind of display. Instead, it has a mount for your tablet, which connects to your choice of a third-party cycling app via Bluetooth. The smaller screen may not draw you in as much, but a tablet allows you to do things other than watch indoor cycling class videos, like read books, stream Netflix or even go on virtual outdoor scenic rides. I'm not saying one is definitively better than another -- there are pros and cons to built-in and BYO screens. Read more: The subscription: Mandatory or optional? If the goal of purchasing a piece of home-fitness equipment is to avoid pricey gym or class memberships, some of these bikes may leave you scratching your head. As noted, Peloton charges $39 per month; Myx Fitness runs a little cheaper at $29, while Echelon's plans range from $20 to $40. If you buy a NordicTrack cycle, you get your first year of the companion iFit service at no extra charge. After that, it costs $39 a month, or vay online cấp tốc about $33 if you prepay annually. Bowflex is an outlier here, with no required membership: Its cycling bike is designed to work with various third-party services that offer cycling classes, including ($13 a month) and Zwift ($15 a month). Similarly, the Stryde bike can work with an eponymous app and subscription ($30 a month), but you can also skip it in favor of third-party options.You can use any of these bikes independently, of course; you don't have to take a class (though Peloton does require a minimum one-year subscription as part of your purchase). But if you decide not to pay for a membership and fitness app, some bikes will no longer collect or display data, such as speed and distance, about your rides, which is one of the reasons someone might choose an indoor bike over a road bike. What's more, as much as you might dislike the idea of yet another monthly subscription, even $40 is less than what you'd typically pay for just two or three drop-in cardio workout classes at your favorite indoor cycle studio (and it's worth it if you find a particular Peloton instructor particularly motivating). Just be sure to factor that cost into the overall expenditure and, where possible, look for discounts on the prepaid, annual subscriptions.Let's take a look at the best indoor exercise bike options and see which is the right one to get your heart rate up and your legs pumping. Note that these prices are accurate at the time of this writing and subject to change. Also note that many of these fitness equipment sellers offer financing.
Peloton vs. best Peloton alternatives
Echelon Connect EX3
Myx Fitness Myx
Peloton Bike Plus
ProForm Studio Bike Limited
Required for 3 years
Screen size (inches)
16-in. and 22-in.
Peloton's cycle is, without question, the Bentley of home exercise bikes -- a sturdy and beautiful machine that feels every inch like a premium product. Of course, it has a price tag to match the Peloton experience: $1,895, delivery and setup included, plus $39 a month for on-demand and live classes. And that's just for the original bike; the new Peloton Bike Plus runs $2,495.Although I didn't love having to purchase (and use) special clip-in cycle shoes, I did enjoy the overall Peloton experience. The high-energy cycling classes are fun and engaging, with a huge variety of instructors, music genres and difficulty levels -- something for everyone.Read my full to get the full scoop on this worthy splurge.