Spin Bike for Home
Alternatives to the Peloton Bike
You’ve seen the ads for the Peloton bike. The exercise bike with indoor cycling classes streamed live on screen. What many people don’t realize is that there are better ways to get a Peloton type experience at a much lower price. What Peloton doesn’t make clear in their ads is that their bikes sell for over $2,200. To get access to the live streaming costs an addition $468 per year. 5 Years total cost of ownership comes out to over $4,500. There are better ways to reach your fitness goals.
About the Bike
Spin Bike Format
Martins Bike Shop carries a selection of quality commercial rated indoor cycling bikes. These are in the $1,000 to $1900 range and you don’t need a subscription to ride them. Matrix and True bikes are rated for 'commercial use' so the quality and durability surpasses what you get with a Peloton bike.
Upright Bike Format
Another option is to go with the Matrix U30 or U50 series upright bikes. These bikes are more comfortable to ride. They come with a wider seat but you can choose any width seat you prefer. These bikes are in the $1500-$2800 range and again you don’t need a subscription to ride.
About the Consoles
Integrated Smart Console
On the Matrix U30 or U50 series upright bikes you can choose your console package. The XIR console offers a 16” touch screen experience with no subscription fees. On the entertainment side there are apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. These apps are built right into the XIR console. There are also several great workout options. You have Sprint 8, with video instructor; and virtual destinations from Virtual Active. YouTube has scores of quality indoor cycle class videos; you can watch these right on the Matrix smart console with the YouTube app. Workout and fitness tracking is available through My Fitness Pal and Via Fit. Of course you would pay a subscription to use an app like Netflix; but there is no extra subscription fees paid to Matrix Fitness. See our other article on Smart Console Technology for more detail.
Use Your Own Screen
Suppose you had a big screen already in the room where you will be putting your new bike. Or maybe you have an iPad or Laptop you could use while working out. There are several ways to make use of your existing screen. Recorded and on demand cycling classes are available from:
- Studio SWEAT onDemand $188/year
- FORTË starting at $99/year
- Peloton Digital $233/year
That’s right! You can get the Peloton experience with any bike and your own screen. We sell tablet holders and laptop stands that work great with any indoor cycle.Conclusion
You can get a high quality workout at home for less than half the price you would pay for a Peloton bike and subscription. Martins Bike Shop is your local exercise equipment store. Visit our showroom to test out some of these options for yourself.
These and many other models are in stock at Martins Bike Shop. Stop in today and try them out.
The new Schwinn IC4 is a awesome bike for at home workouts! Smooth, magnetic resistance. Designed to work with the Peloton® and Zwift® apps, allowing you to stream thousands of classes directly into your home and compete against others in a virtual world that motivates you at every mile.
CXC Indoor Cycle
Whisper quiet magnetic resistance. Optional console that shows watt, speed, heart rate, etc. Outstanding quality for home or club use.
Choose between a plain standard console or the easy to use integrated smart console. Standard bike seat mount allows you to customize the seat to whatever width you prefer. Enjoy working out at home.
Indoor Cycling Bike
All of TRUE’s exercise equipment is made with the highest quality materials and components, so you can workout on a commercial-grade machine. Optional Bluetooth speed sensor now available. Ride Zwift, etc. Both vertical and fore/aft adjustment, for optimal bike fit, on seat and handlebar. Dual purpose pedals, clip in or regular.
ES900 Upright Bike
Go the distance in comfort on TRUE’s ES900. Ergonomic aero bars and armrests provide maximum body control, power and stability. Maximize your workout while minimizing your equipment footprint.
Here is what happens when a veteran fitness company combines all their resources into a total redesign of the classic upright bike. Sliding handle bar reach adjustment. Step thru design for easy off/on. Optional Android powered XIR console with pre-installed Netflix, YouTube, Hulu+, and web browser.
Airdyne AD Pro
Schwinn invented Airdyne technology, built its legacy around the power of unlimited wind resistance and has continued to refine the technology to stand out amongst its peers.