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Connected Exercise Bike Search

October 26, 2021
connected bike comparison

For my birthday (which was back in August), my husband offered to buy a Peloton bike. I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted for a few reasons.
1. Do I want to workout at home vs. in a studio?
2. How much will I actually use it?
3. Will it hurt my chronic tailbone problem?

A couple of months later…I have decided to do some research on these fancy connected bikes, and found that there are more options available than just the well-known Peloton. I was overwhelmed by the different connected bikes available, so I narrowed down my search and decided to compare the top 3 on my list.

If you too are considering pulling the trigger on a connected bike, but don’t know where to start, keep reading! Of course prices and offerings can change, but as of now, this is what these companies have to offer:

spreadsheet comparing connected exercise bikes

I still haven’t made a decision but one thing I am pretty sure is a deal breaker for me is that the Peloton requires special clip in shoes, which they sell for $125. Personally, I would prefer to have the option to wear my regular tennis shoes, which is available with the Echelon and the MYXII, who both offer dual-sided pedals.

Another thing that surprised me about the Peloton is that the screen does not rotate. Their Bike+ does have a rotating screen, but it also comes with a much larger price tag. I want to be able to take advantage of other classes, not just biking classes, so this is also a dealbreaker for me.

All three companies offer a 30 day trial period, which is important to me and my tailbone! A lot of the features are the same or very similar among these three bikes, but they also have enough differences to set them apart from each other.

I’m curious…do you have a connected bike? If so, what’s your opinion? Anything you wish it had/didn’t have?

Niki French

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