As the COVID pandemic forces workouts out of spin studios and into the self-isolation of basements everywhere, there is a colourful debate raging among fitness fanatics: Peloton or Echelon (or other indoor spin bike)? But here's what we can't figure out: Why not simply purchase a real bike?
It's hard to overstate the benefits of investing in a bike (road, mountain, gravel, or other). Here are our top seven reasons to purchase a real bike over a stationary spin bike:
An outdoor cyclist would tell you that the most daunting day of the year is when you decide to transition your bike indoors. There are, however, various options that enable cyclists to set up their bike indoors. These options range from basic rollers (which can be yours for a couple hundred dollars) to more advanced direct drive smart trainers that deliver a high quality, more realistic riding experience than their clunky spin doppelgangers.
Lacking motivation to go hard and crush your 2021 fitness goals? Desperate for human connection, or a boot camp vibe to unleash a rush of endorphins?
Equipped with a bike and indoor trainer, riders have access to affordable cycling apps (e.g., Zwift, Rouvy, and TrainerRoad, which cost approximately $15-20/month) that are loaded with features. These apps simulate cycling routes in virtually every corner of the planet (think Tuscany, Tour de France climbs, and any other bucket list destination), leverage gamification-style e-racing to motivate cyclists via friendly (albeit sweaty) competition, provide data-filled structured training options, and even offer group workout rides (across varying fitness levels) that are scheduled throughout the day.
It's easy to be lured in by a shiny, one-stop package, but over a year, a real bike paired with a trainer could be yours at a comparable cost and it offers far more flexibility.
So, before you pick a side in the heated fitness platform debate (Peloton versus Echelon?), let's start a new debate: Spinning versus cycling?
Full Disclosure: We're cyclists – not marketers – and we are not affiliated with any of the brands or products mentioned in this article.