One of the most notable features of a Peloton is the included 22-inch HD touchscreen monitor that holds access to the service’s full library of classes. As we mentioned above, the service will cost you $40 a month, but here’s a pro tip: You can access Peloton’s digital app for just $13 per month giving you the same access to both live and previously recorded classes on your smart device. You won’t be able to access Peloton’s famous leaderboard, which ranks riders in the class in real-time based on their output, but if the competitive aspect doesn’t interest you the $27 per month in savings might be worth it.
Here the caveat: you will need an iPad, smart TV, or another device to stream Peloton classes on the digital app while you ride, and not every bike’s resistance and heart rate monitor will be able to sync with Peloton’s service. On top of that, some alternatives are only compatible with their own class subscription service, so if you are hoping to ride with one of Peloton’s famous instructors, that’s something you’ll want to consider.
DO I NEED SPECIAL SHOES TO RIDE?
The quick answer is no. All of our recommendations below have sneaker cages so you won’t need any additional footwear to get riding right out of the box. However, some spinners prefer to use clip-in shoes for more stability and speed while riding. If you want to upgrade, you’ll have to purchase your cleats separately and you’ll want to check to make sure they are compatible with your bike’s pedals. The most popular options are SPD and Delta clips – we note which our picks are compatible with below.BEST OVERALL
Members of the popular Facebook group Peloton Digital App Users rave about this option from Joroto. It’s no-frills so you’ll need to buy a separate cadence sensor, heart rate monitor, and weights to sync with Peloton’s digital app, but even with the add-ons, you’ll still get a smooth studio-quality ride at less than half the cost of a Peloton.
- Under $500
- Smooth and quiet ride
- Freedom to use any app subscription
- Cadence sensor, heart rate monitor, weights and clip-in pedals not included
- Weights not included
JOROTO Belt Drive Indoor Cycling Bike