Considering buying a Peloton, but nervous you won’t use it? Here’s my full Bike+ review after six months of use and answering the question – Is Peloton worth it?
It’s been six months since our Peloton Bike+ was delivered and I’ve posted before about what I wish I would have known before it arrived as well as fears I had after my first bike ride. But today, I wanted to check back in after having our Bike+ for six months and share an updated Peloton bike review for anyone who might be considering a purchase for themselves.
In a little over six months, I’ve logged 338 total workouts – 161 cycling, 89 strength, 77 stretching, and a handful of walking, cardio, and meditation.
So, was the big Peloton investment worth it?
Six Months With My Bike – Is Peloton Worth it?
One of the biggest fears I had with a Peloton was that the novelty of it would wear off. As in, of course I’d love it when I first got it, would ride my heart out, and then it would become a clothes rack.
I’m very happy to report that the opposite has happened. I started riding a few times per week, and eased into longer rides. Today, I ride every single day, enjoy stacking rides for longer workouts, and have even done 60-minute rides, which makes me pretty proud.
To be honest, after the first day I never dreamed I would work up to 60 minutes. In fact, I really wanted off after 5, LOL. But now I crave those longer rides when I’m able to fit them in and I feel so good afterward. Though I will say, the longer you ride, the longer you should stretch, and I’ve learned that the hard way.
I have also participated in some of the programs Peloton hosts by different instructors, and am particularly fond of “Crush Your Core” with Emma. The 4-week challenge program was a great way to target a certain muscle group, core in this case, and see how you progress over time.
Peloton also offers monthly challenges where you can earn points for workouts you do while working toward bronze, silver, and gold badges. It’s a small incentive, but it motivates me when I join them.
What I didn’t predict loving as much as I do is the wide variety of Peloton workouts. I know I’ve touched on this before, but I utilize the other workout options (strength, stretching, running, walking, meditation, etc) just as much as cycling.
Admittedly, I’m a little bit addicted to getting my “blue dot” on the workout calendar each day, and it’s a fun competition (with myself) to see how I’ve improved over time. I also love being able to workout with friends on my bike through a FaceTime-like feature that lets us see each other and talk while we ride or do a workout!
Problems We’ve Encountered With Our Bike
Since this is an honest review, I’m laying it all bare. We have had two issues with our bike since we got it. The first issue was that there was an odd squeaking when we would get out of the saddle. It turns out this is a common problem and can be resolved by lubing up the pedals. Worked like a charm!
The second problem we had with our bike was a clicking noise that sort of sounded like a horse on cobblestones whenever we would ride at a resistance more than 35. It was really annoying and came on out of nowhere. We are part of a local Peloton Facebook group (I know what you’re thinking) that is extremely helpful and includes the local XPO logistics coordinator. He was able to set us up with a maintenance appointment (bad bearings) nearly immediately without charge.
Neither issue has been major, and both are widely reported, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit they were a bit frustrating to get figured out considering we haven’t even had the bike a year.
Peloton Bike+ Review
I never anticipated I would be that person raving about their Peloton. Frankly, I sort of side eyed people who did so if you are feeling that same way about me right now, I get it. That said, for us, it has been a worthy investment. Not only am I loving it, but Dane does, too.
We each do at least one class per day and are able to share the membership, so don’t freak out about cost if you have more than one family member interested in working out.
Peloton Discount Code
If you are considering a bike for yourself, you can get $100 towards bike accessories using my referral code which I’m happy to email directly to you! In full disclosure, when you use my code I get a gift card to buy gear and since the launch of Peloton Apparel, I have my eyes on a couple things!