It’s been 8 months since I splurged and bought a spin bike. Yes, that’s right, I jumped on the bandwagon – as so many others – and bought a spin bike during the pandemic, haven’t you?
If you recall, I had started regular spin classes at my gym in the spring of 2019 and really, really loved it. When the pandemic hit in March of 2020 and the gyms were closed down, access to that class disappeared. I got through the summer by running outdoors and doing home workouts, but when we moved into fall and winter and the days were getting longer, a spin bike for home use seemed like the perfect solution for my early morning workouts.
Then the California wildfires kept us indoors for a few weeks and the bike became a lifesaver.
It’s hard enough when a pandemic restricts your every move, but when you can’t even go for a run/walk outdoors anymore, things become really dire.
Running is my physical outlet, my mental health tool, and my me-time, so being confined at home was difficult. I did other workouts, but I needed better access to a cardio workout where I could just totally exhaust myself.
I contemplated between a treadmill and a spin bike for a little while. Jon and I had talked about a treadmill in the past again and again, but never pulled the trigger. When I brought up the bike last summer, Jon was instantly on board. And it made sense: it takes up less space, it’s a nice cross-training tool for me (when I am able to run outdoors) and it’s a low-impact workout option for Jon. Most importantly, I was missing spin class and could now take virtual spin classes via the Peloton app with Tanja (who was the person who got me hooked on spinning about two years ago).
And no, my bike is not a Peloton. A Peloton would have been nice and I admit that I have a bit of FOMO when I see how many of my (online) friends have bought Pelotons, but the cost of the bike, plus the monthly membership ($40) that you are getting locked into, was just not feasible at this point.
So, I did quite a bit of research to find a spin bike that had good reviews and was within our budget, and I am very happy with the bike we purchased. It’s a basic, no-frills bike that doesn’t even need a power outlet (which is an advantage, since we live in an old apartment and don’t have many wall outlets), but it has magnetic resistance, a heavy flywheel, and multiple ways to adjust both seat and handlebars (which was important to me). With the help of a speed, cadence, and HR sensor, I can use the Peloton App and get some decent stats (#nerdalert). Yeah sure, I don’t show up on the Peloton leaderboard and can’t compete with others, but I can still compete against myself, take classes with friends, and get a good sweat going.
The awesome thing about the bike for me is: if nothing else seems appealing, the bike always feels like an option. Getting on the bike and just starting to pedal is relatively easy, even if motivation is lacking or the weather is nasty outside because it’s just right there in my living room.
Maybe I’ll talk about the Peloton app in a different post because it’s a huge factor (IMHO) in why spinning is so much fun, but for now let me just say: the bike purchase was one I did not regret.