1. Carol says

    Thank you, so much for this article. I have really been struggling to stay in shape during COVID and was missing my regular spin classes that I took at the gym. Unfortunately, the Peloton was not within my budget. A colleague sent me this article. I now have my Sunny bike, the Peloton app, and I love it. I ordered a Wahoo cadence sensor, which hasn’t come yet. Frankly, when I took spin classes we just relied on watching how fast the instructors’ lets were moving. I don’t have a need to compete on the leaderboard as long as I feel like I am getting a great workout. Anyway, thanks for all this great information. You really saved the day for me (and my colleague who sent me this article). Maybe I now now tackle some of this COVID weight gain.

    • Michelle says

      It’s amazing how many improvements have been made on the app since it’s introduction. You’ll appreciate the cadence sensor but that’s a good trick to watch the intructor’s legs. If you sign up for my weekly newsletter, I let you know about all the updates, improvements, and share class lists. Bootcamp started this week and barre classes tomorrow! I really think you’ll be hooked. I’ve tried so many workouts and this is the only one I’ve become completely obsessed with.

  2. Dough says

    Hey Michelle,

    I love your blog and this post has been helpful. I especially love the fan-favorite rides you posted – I appreciate you for all your work!

    Now, I bought a peloton and have a subscription for the forty clams a month, but I’m confused. Can I go to the $12.99 per month without missing anything?

    For some reason, paying for the bike and delivery didn’t bother me,but nearly five hundred per year in subscription fees does.


    • Michelle says

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve wanted to write a blog post on this for a while. I’ll try to do a full write-up this week or next. You’d be missing things. Most importantly, all your metrics. You couldn’t do a power zone class or get your output. Also, if you share this bike with anyone, you can no longer add a second user with the app but you can with the membership. Also if you have friends that you follow on the leaderboard, they won’t see you unless you high-five them first. Just a few things I’m thinking of. Also, you’d need to use your iPhone or iPad if you’re using the App. This is off the top of my head. Just out of curiosity, what other Peloton blog posts would you be interested in reading?

      • Marianna Biondi says

        How can I make my bike faster I’m so use to the real spin bike I want to cry how do I crank the speed?

        • Michelle says

          Which bike do you have? For most of the Peloton rides, there is a good amount of resistance. Even the flat roads are generally at a resistance of 25-30ish and you’ll never go faster than 120 cadence. Are you able to do those numbers on your bike?

          • Lauren D says

            Hello. I am just getting into cycling. I have loved my cycle classes at the gym. I want to purchase my own since the gyms are not at max capacity yet as well as it is far for me. I am struggling with finding time to work out – I will be teaching virtually all day then taking kids straight to practice. I need something I can do in the am or before bed without driving anywhere. I would like to use the Peleton App or another ap. I need help with choosing a bike. I cant spend 1000+. I wanted something for like 300 – 600. I really wanted to have the metric tracker and magnetic. I don’t know if these things are possible but please help.

          • Michelle says

            If you don’t mind not having your metrics in front of you, I recommend the Sunny 1805 or 1714. Both are magnetic. I also know people are loving the Echelon. I also just started hearing good things about the MaxKare Magnetic in the Peloton Digital App group (I haven’t seen it in person) which is on MEGA sale. Honestly, I don’t think you can go too wrong with any of them. Just definitely get magnetic and change out the pedals to SPDs. Also, you will love the Peloton App. For those who have gotten the Echelon, many of them seem to still switch over to Peloton.

          • Lauren D says

            DO you think it is better to get a bike with all of those metrics on a small digital board or just get something that connects to the app? I am really torn. There are too many choices. Honestly.. if I could afford a peleton or an MYX bike.. I would. The ones with the screens are so much more expensive.

          • Michelle says

            If a bike like a Keiser is not really in your budget, I don’t think a display is really necessary. The app has improved so much over the years. As long as you use an iOS device, you can see cadence on the screen and your heart rate (if you’re using an ANT heart rate monitor). Plus, you can do all the off-bike workouts with your TV. I especially love the Roku Peloton channel/app. And, if you ever want to save up for the Peloton (price just went down on the bike as they introduced a new one), it may be in your best interest to try out the Peloton app on an inexpensive bike and put your money towards the real thing. Just make sure whatever bike you have has magnetic resistance and you put on SPD pedals.

  3. Jason Smith says

    Thank you for this article.

    You reference that cadence can be displayed in the peleton app.

    I have a Keizer M3i bike. Is it possible to connect the cadence meter on that bike to the peleton app? If so, could you explain how?

    Thanks again,

    • Michelle says

      Sorry for the late response. I personally don’t have the Keiser but as my understanding is that you need a BlueTooth cadence sensor like the Wahoo to connect to the Peloton app (relatively cheap). If your bike does have that feature already, then you can set it up but it seems like people still have an issue sometimes doing that and still purchase the Wahoo. I suggest you checking out the Peloton Digital App Facebook group (there’s also a specific Keiser group) for specific questions. Hope that helps?

    • Michelle says

      I’ve never heard of that specific bike but it’s also showing as unavailable on my end at Amazon. I think people are getting the Sunny spin bikes sooner than what it says on Amazon. I know some people have tried ordering directly from Sunny’s website and that’s a mistake–taking way longer than Amazon to ship out.

  4. Madhu says


    I have the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1002 and have been using with the Peloton app and loving it so far. I do want to purchase something that lets me see cadence, power and calories. Is there a single device than can do this? If not, what combinations of devices would you recommend buying?


    • Michelle says

      Hi, glad you’re loving the app! As for power, you can really only do power which are very expensive. Are you using the Wahoo app? I mention it in the article–that will show cadence. I use my Apple Watch for calorie count, specifically the FitIv Pulse app.

  5. Kristen says

    I am so thrilled that I came across your post! Thank you! I am an avid Orange Theory member, but with everything closed, I bought myself a spin bike and am looking for instruction. I am totally signing up for the Peloton Digital App!
    Quick question. When you talk about “cadence” is that the same as RPM? My bike has a computer with RPMs on it.

    • Michelle says

      Yes, cadence is the same as RPM. That’s great that you already have it on a computer. If you’re an Orange Theory member, you may like the bootcamp classes (really meant for the Tread but people make do with the bike). Also, as of today, Peloton added Bodyweight Strength classes, where you need no equipment.

  6. K Bennett says

    What are your thoughts on using the Peleton app with a recumbent bike? I am a beginner biker and find the upright bikes to be so uncomfortable.

    • Michelle says

      Do you already have a recumbent bike? If so, I would try out the scenic rides with the app. You can also try the low-impact rides in which you stay in the saddle the entire time. Honestly, for most of the rides, you do stand (even to just stretch your legs–and you’re going to want to do that). As a beginner, it may take a while to keep your cadence up while out of the saddle (it’s still a struggle sometimes for me hundreds of rides in) but most of the rides do include that. I think you’ll find the rides more fun and motivating if you can participate in all parts of the class, so eventually, you’ll want a regular spin bike.

  7. Mark Ventresca says

    This was really helpful, I ironically have the same spin bike and the computer broke. I’ve been finding hacks to keep using it as it works fine. This is a major help and now that I’ve been on peleton for 2 months I was curious if someone had done this – thanks for saving me time!

    • Michelle says

      Sorry for the delay. Yes, the 1002. Although if buying today, I’d probably get the 1805 as it comes with more bells and whistles. Both are basic bikes that need little maintenance and Sunny has good customer service. I’m not sure if you saw this post but this could help:
      Also, the Facebook Group Peloton Digital App Riders is extremely helpful.

        • Michelle says

          I have heard GREAT things.If you head on over to the Peloton Digital App Riders FB group, you’ll see lots of people recommending it.

  8. Jay says


    Great article.

    Can you please tell me the difference between the Sunnyhealth SF-B1509/C bike and the SF-B1805?

    I am a beginner biker but weigh 275 lbs and will be sharing the bike with my wife.


    • Michelle says

      I’m not sure if you saw this related post but I mention both of those bikes.

      The major difference is the 1805 has magnetic resistance which gives a smoother and quieter ride. It also has a tablet holder (the 1509 does not) but does not include SPD pedals like the 1509 does, but you probably will be better off if you get a different brand of pedals anyway. That’s the major complaint lately for Sunny. People don’t love their pedals. It’s easy to switch especially if you put them on during the initial installation, meaning you never assemble with the original Sunny pedals.

      Hopes this helps.

  9. Diana says

    Thanks for doing this post, I read it and got inspired, bought a bike and accessories, and I am now a happy Peleton digital rider! I’ve been trying to fit something into my day since my son was born (he’s almost 3), and this is the only thing I have found that I am actually happy about and doing each day. Thanks!!


    • Michelle says

      The app has gotten better and better over the years. It’s so much more than cycling now. I do the runs, walks, yoga, meditation, core workouts. So motivating and I think you’ll stick to it.

    • Michelle says

      I don’t know anything about that bike. Have you seen it in person? I know it was out of stock for a while and there’s been some chatter about it on the Facebook group Peloton App Users Unite! I highly recommend that group. For some other bikes I’ve discussed, you can check out

  10. Suz says

    Just a note about the Sunny SF B-1805. It comes with toe cage pedals only. Not spd pedals. Nor the dual toe cage / spd ones.

    Trust me. I’ve been down the rabbit hole looking at various bikes to set up as our DIY Peloton. We got a great price on the Sunny SF B-1714 and it arrives in a couple of days. The 1714 and 1895 are virtually identical in specs except for the ipad holder handle bar and color scheme. We like the magnetic resistance and belt drive.

    I found it on Hayneedle for $548 before tax. Free shipping and Tennessee tax (just under 10%) brought us to just under $599.

    We just picked up a 3’x4’ bike mat at Academy Sports for &14.99 to go under the bike. If my Shimano clipless pedals fit on the bike, I’ll put those on. You’re right about needing the proper size wrench to use on pedals. The right wrench makes all the difference. When my Hubble gets home from work Friday night (I start back to classes Monday), we will have the first stage of our DIY Peloton.

    Thanks for the inspiration. We are looking forward to getting this up and going.

    • Michelle says

      I just saw someone mention that on the Peloton App Facebook Page and I was just double-checking my blog posts. In my best spin bike posts, I did write that you need to change out the pedals in the description but above I wrote SPD Pedals: Yes. So, that’s a typo. And then I relied on that to update this post. Thanks so much for letting me know! I’m updating both posts right now. Best thing in hindsight is to never have put the caged pedals that came with the bike on at all and instead install SPD pedals. I learned the hard way too. Good luck! You’re going to love it. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for your comment. Thanks, again.

      • Suz says

        Thanks, Michelle. My hubby and I were glad to find your page as a $2k bike plus $39/month was just not where we wanted to spend our money.

        🤓 Happy spinning!

        • Suz says

          The bike arrived yesterday and went together easily. Thanks to the rain outside, I chose not to go for a run and popped on a pair of cycling shorts and went for the inaugural ride.

          The pedals were a pain to attach. I should have just gone out to the garage for my nice pedal wrench than use the one that came with the installation kit. It worked, just didn’t have great clearance nor leverage.

          Felt good to do something inside when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

          Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jeff says

      Great article! Can you please explain the difference of the Sunny health and fitness bike B1805 vs B1002? I’m trying to decide if the B1805 is worth the extra $300. Thanks a bunch!

      • Michelle says

        Hi, the biggest difference is that the 1002 does not have magnetic resistance and the 1805 does. Magnetic resistance provides a quieter ride and less maintenance over the life of the bike. And, usually more expensive. The 1805 also has a tablet holder included. The 1002 is a pretty basic bike but has most of what you need to get started. This other blog post I wrote may help you:

  11. Robin says

    I was looking at the Sunny B1805 as it has magnetic resistance and tablet holder. I would love a Peloton but I worry 5 years down the road that technology will change and I will be stuck with an expensive coat hanger. LOL Your hack is interesting…thank you. If I can spend 500-1000 on a bike, is there one that would be better than this model?


    • Michelle says

      Peloton keeps improving and people are still using their first generation bikes. Whether you got a Peloton or an alternative, I doubt you would find yourself with an expensive coathanger. Classes are that good! I think the 1805 is a good choice. Keiser M3i more expensive but if you can find it used, that’s an even better choice. If you haven’t seen this post, check it out:

  12. Kayla says

    How can you tell where your resistance is on your bike?? I’m new to all this but no idea how to tell if my resistance is at 10, 30,50 etc…. love this article by the way, huge help!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks! Unless you have a bike that measures resistance like the Keiser, you’ll have to feel it out. A good way of seeing if you are where you should be is by cadence. If you scroll through the comments, there’s more discussion on this. But pretty much a 25-35 is a flat road on Peloton so should not be too hard to pedal, definitely able to maintain for a while and have a conversation. So see if you are able to keep at the cadence that they say and make it feel like a flat road. If your cadence is way too fast, your resistance is probably off. Conversely, if you can’t keep to the cadence at all, your resistance is probably too high. Also, now you can monitor your heart rate on the app. Definitely, use a monitor. I also like the FITIV pulse app on my Apple Watch to keep track of my workouts. It gives you a nice graph afterward showing your exertion levels. The more rides you do, the better you’ll understand your body and know if you are where you should be in the ride. Either way, it’s a good workout.

    • Michelle says

      First, make sure you have the newest version of the app. Some older iPads may not support this.
      Once you’re in the app, there’s something that looks like a “heartbeat” read–squiggly line.
      Click on that, and it should bring up your connected HR monitor and cadence sensor. Make sure your Bluetooth is working for those devices. That should work.

  13. Trent says

    Resistance, output, and your position on the leaderboard are not available, Deal breaker on the app, especially at increasing rates

    • Michelle says

      You are right. Those things are not available. But if you have a Keiser, everything is available but the leaderboard.

  14. Grechen says

    I’m using the Peloton app with our crummy, old spin bike. It’s working for now, but I’m getting tired of guestimating everything. I’m researching possible new bikes and stumbled across your blog. SO! HELPFUL! I had looked at the Sunny bikes before but they seemed too good to be true. The more I read about them, the more it seems they are great bikes for the price! I found this one:
    It does not have any reviews and looks like Sunny’s answer to the Peloton without the $$$ price tag. I’m thinking the one upgrade needed is clipless pedals. I’m waiting to be added to the FB page so I thought I’d ask here if you have any info on this bike model. It’s pricey but still way less than Peloton. I’m trying to get the best bang for my buck…though aren’t we all! 🙂 Thanks!

    • Michelle says

      That FB group is gold. Everyone is so supportive there. You may want to join the Official Peloton Member Page too. I recommend switching out to the clipless pedals as soon as you can. It makes a big difference to your form and effort. Let me know if you have any questions. Happy New Year.

  15. Lauri Shannon says

    Hi. Thank you your blog has been very helpful. The only deciding factor I am struggling with at this point is that the bike I see with all the features that work for me have a leather bad and not magnetic does the magnetic really make a difference or is the leather just fine?

    • Michelle says

      Magnetic is better in the long run–less maintenance, smoother ride–but you certainly don’t need it to do the app.

    • Michelle says

      I think you can’t go wrong with either. I would personally go with the 1509 just because I strongly recommend changing the pedals and it’s one less thing to deal with. Hope I’m not too late with this response!

  16. Alycia Miller says

    Hi there! With your set up above, are you able to compete/use the leadership board on the Peloton App? Thank you!!

    • Michelle says

      Unfortunately, you can’t see them as there is no leaderboard. However, lately, almost every week there are improvements. The most recent: you can follow people and get social badges if you take a ride that a friend has taken. If you’re looking for more app riders, go onto the Facebook Group Peloton Users Unite!

      • Michelle says

        New update as of today: The Here Now Feature where you can see other app riders taking the same class as you and even give them high-fives.

    • Michelle says

      I know. But . . . on the other hand, they really are moving the company towards complete body workouts. So, you can use a treadmill, do outdoor runs/walks, take yoga and toning classes. Some people even think a rowing class may be next.

        • Michelle says

          You can see them and high-give them. But you can’t compete with them because the app doesn’t know your output and place on the leaderboard.

      • Michelle says

        The price went up to 19.99 this year but it gives you access to all of their classes. It went up when the Tread classes were introduced so that you can take classes on an alternative treadmill. And, now yoga. You can also share the account with more than one person.

        • Heather says

          Why is the app only 19.95 but if you have the bike you have to do the $39 fee? Sorry if that’s a stupid question…
          Just started researching!

          • Michelle says

            Not a stupid question at all. The bike gives you all the metrics—with all the recent app updates lately—mostly your place on the leaderboard, based upon output. Also app riders are slower to get some updates, like high-fives. It’s all in an easy to use package on the bike. There have been so many improvements to the app lately that it’s harder to see the differences.

  17. Morgan L Marche says

    Hi Michelle,

    I was wondering how you play the APP in a web browser. I noticed that you said October 1st that would be an option. I downloaded the APP on itunes, but I cannot get it to launch on my laptop.

  18. Kim Littlefield says

    Hi Michelle,
    Would you mind sharing how you projected the peleton app to your tv screen? I am missing a step in the process and I could use a hand or a resource if you have one to suggest?

  19. Ken Peterson says

    Thanks so much for this great post. Bought the Sunny belt drive, wahoo cadence tracker and heart monitor and a cell phone holder. Having a fantastic experience with it!

    • Michelle says

      Awesome. Have you tried out their other classes yet? I’m at a hotel with a treadmill and finally got to do the Tread classes. And I’ve been doing a lot more outdoor classes and strength and stretching classes. I’m loving the updates to their program.

  20. Stacie says

    Hi Michelle! I found your blog while pricing it all out myself today and your write up had me pull the trigger on it all! =)

    I bought the SF-B1423 belt drive model from Sunny Health just literally moments ago, and also bought the Ipad mount as well. After searching for a cadence monitor I too found that the wahoo one looks like the best option. In addition to the cadence/RPM monitor I also bought the heartrate monitor from them as well.

    Everything should be in in the next week or so, but I am trying to make sure I have everything I need to have when its all in, so I can jump right into a spin class. (oh… I didn’t buy the weights, as I already have them)

    My question is how do you use the Peloton app and the wahoo app at the same time? Do I need a phone mount at the same time as the ipad mount? (so should I buy another mount of some kind) Or do they communicate together in some way so I only need the Ipad? If they don’t I assume I am just referencing the iPhone at the same time I am watching the iPad?

    Would like a bit more clarity on this part if possible, thanks!

    • Michelle says

      Glad I could help! You’ll need both. I use that little “man” that hangs off the bike to hold my phone. As of now, if you start Wahoo, you’ll lose the app and vice versa. There’s a great group I didn’t start but tons of my readers are there and can always help you out. Plus it’s a fun community to be a part of. Check it out on Facebook. Peloton App Users Unite!

      • Micki says

        I purchased the Sunny Health B1423 also and it has the digital monitor to record Time, SPD, Distance, Calories etc….Do you still need the Wahoo?

        • Michelle says

          If it doesn’t have a cadence sensor (RPM), you’ll still want the wahoo. Distance and calories cool to have!

  21. Andres Lopez says

    Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for the post. I recently purchased a second hand spin bike but not the brand you mention. How did you calculate the circumference for the Wahoo app? I’ve searched but have been unable to find a way to calculate it.


    • Michelle says

      I don’t have the Speed sensor but a lot of my readers do. And they joined the FB Group Peloton App Users Unite! I was getting a lot of questions about the speed sensor so reached out there for the info. Seems that others have confirmed this on the group.

  22. Erin Smith says

    So I’m all set up and totally appreciate all of your pointers!! However, I need a sensor that outputs RPMs and I bought the “wahoo speed”. Did I buy the wrong one? I can only find mph, not RPMs

    • Michelle says

      Do you Wahoo speed and cadence sensor? That one should record both. I don’t personally have that one but so many of my readers had questions about it, I decided to include it in the post. I borrowed it (with permission) from one of my readers on the Facebook group Peloton App Users Unite! It’s a great group and any of your questions about that sensor can be asked there. Either way, it’s a good community over there and keeps on growing. I have the Wahoo cadence sensor which is very easy to use and measures rpm.

  23. Jodi says

    Hi! This article is exactly what this beginner needs! Im a beginner and in the market for a sunny bike. So I have a couple questions before I do. I have about $250 to spend on a sunny bike. Which one would you recommend? And I don’t have an iPhone, iPad or anything Apple so I’m bummed but I can’t use the peloton app. Do you know of a good app that would work for Android? Sorry! Newbie here!

    • Michelle says

      Sorry for the delay. I’ve been playing catch-up all week.
      A belt drive bike will probably hold up better than a chain bike, with less maintenance. It will run you over 300 dollars though. For under 300, you’d have to get a chain, which may be absolutely fine for you. It could be a great way to see if you are actually using it and if you find that one day, you want to upgrade, you can sell your bike on Craigslist and get some money back to put towards the next bike. I have a friend who has this bike and is very happy:
      If you can switch out the pedals to SPDs, that makes a big difference in the efficiency of your workout.
      You’re right that you can’t use the Peloton App without an iPhone or iPad. Perhaps one day, they will switch to Android or you can find a used Apple device.
      I wrote a review on the Aaptiv app a while back. I prefer the visual part of Peloton. Apptiv is audio. But, I did get a great workout and they have plenty of beginning classes and other workouts. I would start there. Here’s the link:
      Feel free to contact me with any questions.

      • Hummingbirdbike says

        I was is in the same situation when I started putting a sunny bike together for the peloton experience…. no apple device for downloading the peloton app. I ended up finding a iPad (used in excellent condition) on perhaps you can do the same, I picked a seller with great reviews and have been so happy with my ipad/ peloton app.

  24. Marlee says

    Hi! I love this post! Any recommendations for short individuals (I’m 4’11”)? I saw the bike you have has a 29 inch inseam and the newer version has 28 inch inseam. I have never had a problem with the spin bikes at the gym in the past, do you think this will be an issue in terms of choosing a model?


    • Michelle says

      I think if you’ve never had a problem, you should be OK. But, I’m 5’5”. There’s a Facebook group called Peloton App Users Unite! and many of my readers are on there after purchasing the bike. I did a quick search and there are several riders around 5 feet using it without issue. Strange as it sounds (on both the Peloton and the Sunny), shorter riders sometimes add a pool noodle to the handlebars. You can also quickly call the company (don’t email them-customer service is much better by phone) and ask if you want reassurance, or ask on the FB group. Or maybe one of my readers can chime in now? Thanks for reading. I have a lot of fun topics in the works, so please subscribe to get updates.

  25. Lindsay says

    I have a question and it’s silly, I’m also not sure if it was asked before so I apologize if it was. In love with this post because I am cancelling my gym membership and couldn’t decide on an ellipctical, treadmill, or nordic track spin bike. I’ve decided to go this route because it is relatively cheaper, I really miss spinning, and it will still keep me in shape! The one question I have is that you use the wahoo cadence sensor BUT can also get the speed and cadence sensor. In the post, you also listed you can see your rpms on the app. I am planning on getting the bike, the wahoo candence sensor, and taking classes on cyclecast or the pelaton app. I am really only wanting to track rpms and doing the spin classes. I have my fitbit for tracking calories, etc. Will I be fine with the cadence sensor or what does the other one offer in case I actually need that one? thanks!!

    • Michelle says

      No silly questions. I only ever used the cadence sensor. Some use the speed sensor which is why I refer to it. It’s a bit harder to install. I think most people agree that the cadence sensor is enough. If you go the route of the cadence/speed sensor and have questions, the Facebook group Peloton App Users Unite! may help.

      • Lindsay says

        Thank you so much for your quick response!! After realizing cadence is RPMs I felt even sillier. I am just going to go that route. The bike, sensor, mat and iPad holder are all in my cart now and am about to click the buy now button! thanks so much!

        • Shannon says

          Hello — just used all of your recommendations — how do you get the calories from the cadence sensor?

          • Michelle says

            Do you have it set to indoor cycling? And going to Apple Health? I always use Fitiv Pulse (used to be Motifit) on my Apple Watch and that gets sent to my phone. I think it’s more reliable bc it uses my heart rate. I also have it set to a special setting specific for Peloton Heart Rate.

  26. Sally Atwater says

    There’s nothing like the PELOTON and trying to convince your readers to rig something else to come close is a complete disservice. Honestly, take the money and do something else if you are trying to replicate the peloton experience but not willing to go all in. It’s worth the investment. Peloton is literally the best cardio class on the Planet.

    • Michelle says

      Absolutely, Peloton is the best cardio class around. For many Americans, a 3000 dollar price tag is more than they can realistically afford. What the Peloton App does is give people a taste of what Peloton has to offer. Is it exactly the same experience? Of course not. This is a moderate investment and an alternative. Peloton themselves now advertises using their app with any spin bike, so they too do not think it’s a disservice to use the app. They also give shout outs to app riders. Many of my readers do go on to buy the bike after a time. Others jump right in and get the Peloton bike from the beginning. Still others choose to use the app with very expensive bikes and what they consider higher quality bikes than the Peloton (Keiser) and have no desire to get the Peloton. Check out the Facebook page Peloton App Users Unite! to see actual riders using the App. I’m not saying to never get the bike. As a fan of Peloton, I think you can agree, “you do you.”

      • Kelly says

        Personally, I am very grateful for this article and the suggestion for the Sunny bike. I have been wanting a Peloton for a while, but with 3 kids in private school with one heading to college in a year, it’s not possible or logical to spend $3,000 on a bike. These recommendations are extremely useful! Thank you Michelle! This has been great and I love the details and links you have provided. 🙂

    • hillary Murphy says

      Sally Atwater, this statement is ridiculous. Not everyone can afford a $3,000 bike. Some people have trouble paying their mortgage, and feeding their children. It doesn’t mean they don’t want to try to stay fit. I just feel like your viewpoint reeks of privilege and elitism. This is a great way to utilize the Peloton app to be healthy, which is actually the point.

    • Maria says

      I have a very cheap spinning bike and I mirror peloton app on my tv and it is the same wonderful experience without the ridiculous price. I’m going to do the same with thread.

  27. George says

    Thanks so much for this blog. I have purchased the bike and accessories. I have one question. Where do you hang the Bondi cell phone holder (with phone for cadence) while you are riding (so that you can see the cadence as you work out)? Thanks again!

  28. Lorry says

    Also, I have spin shoes with the look cleats, I ordered the spd cleats can they be added to my existing spin shoe or do I need a new spin shoe

    • Michelle says

      Check your shoes. I know Peloton look cleats cannot be changed out to SPDs. You can ask a bike store if you’re not sure. There are some pedals that are both SPD and look delta (or have an adapter). I’ll try to find it for you if you need help finding it.

  29. Kathleen says

    Thank you for all your info. Looks like the updated belt drive version of your bike with the better pedals is still out of stock at Amazon. I was wondering if you would recommend SF-B1423 or the SF-B1002? Is the only difference the weight capacity? This page is a great resource for those swayed by the Peloton commercials!

    • Michelle says

      I’ve never seen the 1423 but from what I’ve heard, the computer on it is pretty useless. I would probably still get the 1002 (been very happy with it). The 1002 is a bit sturdier, can accommodate a heavier person and also has a heavier flywheel–49 vs. 40. Hope that helps! I can’t believe the 1509 is still out of stock!

      • Eddie Rodriguez says

        Hi Michelle the SF-B1509 has a 40lb Flywheel is that good versus the 49lb Flywheel SF-B1002 i am still not sure which of the 2 i should get

        • Michelle says

          The 1509 with the belt drive has been in and out of stock so make sure it’s the belt drive and not the chain. I just checked and it looks like it’s still not shipping for 1-2 months. You can order the 1002 and change out the pedals. In fact, never put the non-SPD pedals on that comes with it. Just put the SPDs on.

          • Eddie says

            Hi Michelle
            Thank you for your response I didn’t actually see the shipping just curious so if I had to opportunity to buy either between the B1002 which has the 49lb flywheel or the B1509 which has the 40lb flywheel

            Thank you

          • Michelle says

            I think the flywheel weight is negligible. The 1509 is a bit sturdier, with a higher weight capacity (300 vs 275). I don’t think you can really go wrong with either. It may come down to price and availability.

  30. Sam says

    Thank you for a really great article! I have used the Peloton bike in the past (Westin hotels have a deal with them, so you can find them in select hotels) and have always wanted to get one but …. eh, the price. After reading your article and doing some research, I pulled the trigger and bought the Sunny Health SF-B1423 Bike on Amazon, along with an ipad holder, iphone holder and the Wahoo cadence sensor. So far. about 10 rides in it’s been a great experience. This setup is pretty close to perfect for me, because the difference between this setup and Peloton are for the most part things I can live without. It would be nice to have the resistance integrated, but I can figure that out.

    Regarding my bike, it’s been rock solid. Great construction, not difficult to put together (though I do recommend having someone to help carry it to it’s final location and maybe having a socket set to make things easier), and very quiet. I was also able to get the bike at a flash sale from Amazon for $195 with free two day shipping on Prime. So my all in cost is only about $270 plus app fees. Awesome! Also, this bike comes with a small bike computer. It’s nothing fancy but it does tell you speed, mileage, an approximation of calories burned and time. That with my Wahoo sensor gives me most of what I need. Like I said, I can figure out the resistance.

    So here’s my one question….the last time I was at a Westin with a Peloton, I noticed that I could view the playlist for an on demand ride before making a selection. The app does not seem to have that unless I’m missing something. Do you know any tricks? For me, the music can make or break the ride!

    Again thanks for your help and fantastic article that sent me down the right path!


    • Michelle says

      Thanks for your comment. As of now, you can’t view the playlist on the app but things are always changing (hey, you can even get a Century shirt now). Even on the Peloton bike, that feature is not available on all rides. Some instructors post their playlists on Spotify (Look up OnePeloton) but I don’t find that particularly helpful. If you want to join the Official Peloton Rider Facebook group, some people share the playlists.

  31. Shirly says

    great article. At home we have a Schwinn AC Performance Plus and while that is an expensive bike, it will last for years since its aluminum. Too keep ongoing cost down, we opted for LesMills On-demand which has RPM for spin which is a fantastic series of indoor cycling videos for only $12 a month.

    The only other accessor I would add to this list is a Komfy bike seat cover. I ordered this a few months ago from and this did the trick. Much more padding than padded shorts and it can be washed unlike gel seat. You should look into for your readers.

    • Michelle says

      I found that after a few rides, I got used to the seat. I’ve never used padded shorts or a seat cover but many of my readers would definitely be interested in this seat. Thanks for letting me know.

  32. Ines Rosas says

    Hi! Thanks for this Michelle! I’m sure this has been asked before, but, I couldn’t find it in the comments… is there a way to combine gadgets or apps to get an output reading? The teachers mention this a lot in addition to cadence and resistance.

    • Michelle says

      I’m not sure it has been asked before here. It’s a mathematical formula based upon cadence and resistance that I’m sure you could calculate somehow. I can’t think of anything offhand that does this for you except power meter pedals which are very expensive. Generally if you get your cadence up and resistance up, output goes up. But maybe others can chime in?

  33. Anna says

    Thanks so much – this post is SO useful! After realizing it would cost $3k on Peloton for the year and extended warranty I started researching alternatives and found your blog. I’ve just pulled the trigger on amazon – however as the 1509B is currently NOT available so I did a whole load more research and found this bike which sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks again!

    • Michelle says

      I can’t believe the 1509 is still unavailable. I too, noticed the bike you mentioned and it does sound great! Magnetic resistance and all. Are you planning on changing out the pedals to SPDs? Please let me know how it is and I’ll include it in recommended bikes.

  34. Justin says

    Hey Michelle. Great article. I was looking into the outrageous price of the Peleton but now I am considering your option you chose. I am a cyclist but haven’t been in some time. I know how to fit a bike. Do you think it’s necessary to take a class too? Also is that upgraded version of the bike just another pedal given? Same bike I mean with an added pedal? I only ask because I have clip in pedals and shoes. I wonder if there’s an app somewhere where you can be part of a Peloton class. Thanks for the blog!!

    • Michelle says

      If you’re a cyclist, you have a headstart. When you ask if it’s necessary to take a class, do you mean a spin class before you try out the Peloton classes? Peloton offers plenty of 20-minute beginner classes to get you comfortable. For the most part, the big difference in the upgraded bike is yes, the pedals. There’s also a slight difference in the flywheel and weight capacity of the rider. I use SPD pedals. The Peloton app I reference allows you to indeed be part of the class, both live and on-demand. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      • Justin says

        Thanks for your reply Michelle. Yea I meant to start spinning at home do you need a class? I guess Ill try at home for a while and maybe occasionally drop in a class too. I did wonder if you also used the speed sensor along with the cadence? I guess it doesn’t matter much unless there are some rides you need to get to a certain speed with. I also see there are real video feeds of beautiful landscapes with the peloton app. This seems kinda appealing. Have you done these? Thanks and sorry for all the questions.

        • Michelle says

          I don’t use the speed sensor but plenty of people do. Cadence is enough for me. The instructors never refer to speed. I tried the scenic rides but they are not for me. I want to sweat and burn as many calories as I can in a short period of time and scenic rides don’t give any directions as to output. I’m also not particularly good at relaxing 😉 As for classes, I think the beginner classes will really help you. I’ve been spinning for so long that I never took them but I have friends who found them super helpful.

          • Carolyn T. says

            Hi Michelle: I love your Purse-strings Peloton Hack and in this family we use Garmin products. I use a wrist based Vivoactive HR (not the best for the bike) and my husband had a few old Garmin products: Garmin Heart Monitor, Garmin cadence sensor and Garmin speed sensor. The heart monitor attaches with a chest strap and the cadence sensor was easy to attach. We attached the speed sensor based on the video below. He also had an old Garmin Edge 810 which displays the HRM, cadence and speed: The only issue I have run into is that the speed sensor has to be woken up before the ride otherwise it does not run.

          • Michelle says

            I’ve never used a Garmin product but they generally get great reviews. I’ll check out that video. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Brian says

    Michelle I used a lot of your good advice to set up my SFB1002. I bought it through Walmart online in case I didn’t like it I could return it. Well I love it. I have less than $500 in this total and it works great. I did the 45 minute DJ ride today and it was great. Logged 61 minutes on the Indoor Bike setting on the Wahoo App (using Wahoo Cadence and HRM and it gave me 800 calories burned with an average HR of 139. My Fitbit was on my ankle and I set it to track Spinning and it recorded 810 calories at an average HR of 138. I was very pleased to find them tracking so close. After I logged the Wahooo Workout to My Fitness Pal I had double calories added for about an hour. Then much to my surprise the Fitbit app deducted the redundant calories added without me having to manually delete. They must have added this feature recently.

    I though I would mention that the Wahoo speed sensor can be put directly on the flywheel with the included double sided tape. It doesn’t have to spin in the direction like Michelle has it. Putting it on the flywheel makes it more secure. I put the side so it was touching the hub. Just make sure you have the battery pry slot facing out so you can change the battery without having to remove the entire sensor. The wheel circumference of 1.35 seems to be about right as Michelle suggested.

    Thanks again Michelle!

    • Michelle says

      Brian, like I said, I only have the cadence sensor and not the speed sensor too. I posted that photo with permission from someone who had that setup. Good to know! It’s a fantastic workout!

    • Melanie Pollack says

      Hey Brian! could you post a picture of how you got the speed sensor to work on the sunny bike? I tried different variations but couldnt get it. Thank you!

    • stephanie says

      I have the updated version of your bike… it started making a whooshing noise after a couple uses on this bike– i believe the plastic covering is rubbing against the belt inside. my husband has fidgeted around with it, took it apart- no luck. he did wedge a paper towel in between the plastic and the belt and it’s working for now. any advice on this? has this happened at all to you? id hate to send it back… such a hassle and so heavy!

      • Michelle says

        I would call Sunny. You’ll get them on the phone right away. One thing I’ve heard that they can do is to evaluate it after you video the problem. Don’t waste time emailing them. You’ll get through much faster by phone.

  36. Melanie Pollack says

    Hi there! Thank you for the post! I was curious how to adjust the wheel to fit in the speed sensor. I bought the Sunny spin bike (updated version) and I cant seem to find the right place for the Wahoo speed sensor. Thank you!

    • Michelle says

      Like I mentioned, I only have the cadence sensor. That photo is from someone who has both. So my first-hand knowledge is limited. If you want to join the Peloton App Users Unite! Facebook group, there are tons of members there with Sunny spin bikes and lots of photos and comments re: the speed sensor. I didn’t start the group but you’ll find a lot of my readers there. Also, Brian just commented here about the placement of the sensor. Does that help you at all?

    • Joseph lago says

      I have looked into this and I simply attached the speed sensor with a double sided command strip, refill tape, onto the flywheel…. speed sensor/command strip/side of flywheel, with no casing. Manually measuring the circumference of my SF-B1002 with a nonplyable string, I came up with a 57 inch measurement, SIRI converted that to a measurement of 1.45m. When setting up my wahoo speed sensor I designated the 1.450m for wheel circumference. Secure placement, anywhere, on the side of the flywheel will give you an accurate reading. I also did this with the candence sensor, inserted into the hard case, on the inside crank post of the peddle. The beauty of the command strip is the, pull to release, so relocating is a cakewalk.

  37. Cyndie says

    Thank you so much for this post Michelle! It was a real game-changer for me! I first saw it in November, and I got a used Sunny chain drive spin bike off Craigslist, the Wahoo sensor, and an iPad holder and signed up for the free 14-day Peleton trial. I got hooked!!! A month later, I ended up buying a used Keiser M3 from Craigslist (and selling my Sunny for the same price I paid). The magnetic resistance and resistance readout on the Keiser is a game-changer. I feel so lucky I found a used one. Plus, I already had an (underused) apple tv and a smart tv, some old speakers and now my audio-visual setup is AWESOME!!! I’m very happy, and I’m into it for a little over a third of the price of a Peleton, and already at 63 rides. Now – do you have any tips for cutting out chocolate?! 😉

      • Monica says

        I was struggling to decide between the Keiser or the Diamondback 910ic! I really wanted the Keiser but the other was half the cost! I set my bike up last night. Considering either buying a tv and streaming my phone which might be cheaper than getting an actual iPad (I don’t own) any suggestions? My space for Tv is fairly small so I think a tv would be less than $200. But, I’ve been using the app with a recumbent bike!!! A new experience for sure.

        • Michelle says

          Are you using the Wahoo device? As far as I know, you would need two devices: one for the Wahoo app (iPhone) and one for the Peloton app (iPad). I highly recommend monitoring your cadence to get a real feel for the classes.

          • Brian says

            I had an old Ipad laying around (I think 2nd gen; it has the old charge connector) and it works great with the Peloton app and streaming the sound to a set of BT speakers. I use my S7 Android phone for the Wahoo App. The Wahoo HRM connects to the Pelaton App on the Ipad with Bluetooth and it connects to my S7 with Ant+. I was pleasantly surprised that the S7 had native Ant+ support. I also connect the Wahoo Cadence and Speed sensors to the S7 via Ant+ as it connects faster than BT.

          • Michelle says

            Ahh, good point. You can use the Wahoo app (not Peloton) with an Android device. My iPad is at least 5 years old and I’ve had no issues.

          • Nichole Copack says

            I just got my set up going and I am about to download the Peloton app and the Wahoo app. But before I waste my time, Can you not download them both to your ipad. Is there a reason for separate devices ?

          • Michelle says

            You can download them both. But you won’t be able to view them at the same time. So if you are doing a Peloton class, you can’t view your cadence on the Wahoo app. And vice versa.

  38. Sara says

    this post was so helpful – just ordered a Sunny bike. I also like the Aaptiv app which is slightly less than Peloton and can be used with treadmill, walking, eliptical, etc. Just audio though, so I’ll probably stick with Peloton

  39. Eric says

    Awesome write-up and YouTube video. Does the Peloton app allow for multiple profile (I.e., my wife and I can both us the one subscription and track our individual progress)? Thanks!

    • Michelle says

      Good question that gets asked often. As far as I know, you can’t. You can see my response to Keith’s comment on November 26 for more info.

  40. Kandace says

    This is game changing. Thank you! I just ordered the newer version of the bike to fit my cleats, the phone holder, the iPad holder and the wahoo device from your shop. Cycling was the only exercise I ever got in to and stuck with. Then, my studio raised the price to $150 per month. That was no longer really affordable considering it only included me and not my husband. So, I stopped going and gained all of my weight back. Now, I have a child and it’s been impossible to get out of the office and go all the way to the gym. There will be no excuses now! I can’t wsit for everything to get here.

    • Michelle says

      I was just thinking yesterday that I wished I had this when my kids were babies. Between bundling them up to go to the gym, naps, all the germs, wet diapers, crying. It would have changed my life.
      If you want a great class, Ally Love just started a new series #FeelGoodRide. I loved it! And she tells you to follow her legs to help with cadence which I think really helped to keep me moving and pushing myself.

  41. sharin newman says

    I have APPLE TV, and an iphone with the app downloaded. Its not transferring to my TV! What am i doing wrong? Both the iPhone and the tv is on the same internet connection.

    • Michelle says

      Are you able to AirPlay anything from your iPhone to the TV? Can you play a YouTube video and get it playing on your TV?

      If not . . .
      Do you see the Apple TV screen on your television? Meaning, are you on the correct input? So, if your Apple TV is connected in the HDMI 1 slot, did you switch your TV to that input, HDMI 1?
      If so, this is how you access something from your iPhone to Apple TV. Swipe up, click on “screen mirroring” or for older software on your phone it may say “AirPlay.” Does this work?

      Does this help? If not, what is happening exactly?

      • sharin newman says

        yes, its on the same output(HDMI !) apple tv is working on the TV. When i hit screen mirroring, its just scrolling, not finding the apple TV. Should I move my router? Im in the basement, my router is a level above. Never had a cable connection issue in the basement before.

        • Michelle says

          Can you easily move Apple TV to another TV upstairs and see if it works there, closer to the router? As it is now, if you tried to watch a YouTube video and play on your TV, that wouldn’t work either, correct?

          • sharin newman says

            nothing worked–reset the Apple TV, shut down the computer the router is attached to, etc. I ordered at 100 ft Ethernet cable, I’m hopping that does the trick. Don’t tell the hubs we will be having a wire trailing downstairs…

          • sharin newman says

            its driving me nuts. my phone isnt finding the Apple TV when i press screen mirror. Apple TV is playing on the TV, thats not an issue.

    • Sarah P says

      Double check… Is your Apple TV and your iPhone on exactly the same wifi network? Sometimes routers offer a couple of different speed options or a guest network or extender networks, so folks often have multiple network IDs within the home. The phone and the Apple TV will only talk to each other if they are on the same wifi network ID. If so… Maybe try forgetting your wifi network on your Apple TV and connecting it to wifi from scratch. And then do the same on your phone. Any luck?

    • Jen Schultz says

      Yes! I have my Samsung Galaxy tablet set up with Chromecast to display the Peloton classes on my TV. Bonus of using Android is that you can enable the split screen on the tablet. One side displays my wahoo app while the other broadcasts the Peloton class. You don’t need to use your phone with this set upn and it’s about $100 cheaper than an iPad.

  42. Andrea Johnson says

    Thank you for the helpful post! The only place I can put a spin bike is in a carpeted room do you think this would add additional wear on the bike? Do you have any rec. for using on carpet?

    • Michelle says

      I initially had my bike on a carpeted floor. It was very worn and we replaced it with flooring but I had no issues at the time. An exercise mat may help with stability but I guess it depends on the plushness of your carpet or if you think it will slide around. You may be OK without anything, like me. If you decide to try a mat, this is an inexpensive mat. It gets good reviews and is popular with a lot of my readers:
      Let me know how it goes and if you have any additional questions.

  43. Patrick W Jordan says

    This was so helpful, as I tried the app today at my gym. The resistance was confusing because the bike I used goes up to around 25 resistance and its EXTREMELY hard…so I’m wondering if any one else has different numbers? I have been guesstimating in the mean time!

    • Michelle says

      I’m curious to hear what others say. But if you can barely move the pedals at 25, that’s probably full resistance (90 to 100). Most Peloton classes won’t take you further than 60-70. This is very difficult. If you were riding a bike outdoors, you’d be breathing hard and only able to keep that up for a short time. Whereas, a flat road 25-35 would be something you could keep up with for an hour or more.

  44. Mike says

    What are you thoughts on the resistance method (e.g., felt vs. magnetic resistance)? Most bikes in spin classes are magnetic resistance, which I am tending to prefer over felt resistance (like the one you’ve recommended here). Do you have a recommendation for a fair price point magnetic resistance bike?

    • Michelle says

      Great question. The Peloton is magnetic resistance. Magnetic resistance bikes are supposed to be even quieter and smoother but are generally more expensive. I know that Sunny Health and Fitness has a commercial line called Asuna. It’s made to accommodate multi-riders. It also has magnetic resistance. Here is the link to it: There’s also this one that I believe is a new model but I think you’d have to change out the pedals to SPD:
      Of course, Lifecycle GX and the Keiser M3i but both of those are at a much higher price point.

    • Michelle says

      You’ll have to contact Peloton when you get to 100 and ask for a code to get the Century Club T-shirt. (You still have to pay $7 for shipping). This is new so some of the people who work for Peloton may tell you that you can’t get it as an app rider but that’s not true. I’ve heard it’s easiest to contact them via chat rather than email. Sending you good vibes to get to 100!

  45. Jim Glasser says

    Great post. I bought a nice used spin bike a year ago and have barely used it, but I just signed up for the Peloton app. The instructors & classes are truly world class. I’ve got my mini ipad connected to my big screen & it’s awesome, now I just need to set up a bike computer: RPM, HR, Speed, Distance, Calories. You should start a Peloton “Hack” FB page to sorta mimic the Peloton Social Media aspect, but for the budget minded home spinners not ever wanting to drop $2k+ on their bike, and pay nearly triple for the exact same monthly service!

  46. IMinRedondo says

    Hi there. I’ve used the advice in this post to create my own hack Peloton. Thank you for all the great information, BTW. I was wondering about the speed sensor. The picture posted is a tad small for me, and I can’t tell how the speed sensor is mounted. I’ve clicked on it believing it would enlarge the picture, but it takes to Amazon. Is there a link that goes with the picture that will explain how to do add it to the flywheel? Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Michelle says

      I will fix that so you can enlarge it. You can attach with guerilla putty or double stick tape. I can’t post images directly here in the comments but if you want additional photos, I can post them on my Facebook page now. There are also some posts on this on the Peloton App Users Unite! Facebook page that a lot of my readers have joined. Just type in “speed” into the search bar and it will bring up some discussion and photos. Also, from what I’ve heard, you need to set the circumference of the wheel. Seems like it’s 1.350.

      • IMinRedondo says

        Your help has been so instrumental in setting up my own Peloton hack experience, and I’ve joined the FB group. Thanks again.

      • Cathy Nickels says

        Just curious, how does the speed get measured? Is it based on RPM alone? I know that adding resistance to the wheel will increase speed. How does the computer accommodate that, or does it?

        • Michelle says

          I don’t actually have the Speed and Cadence sensor. Just the cadence sensor. But since so many people ask me about it, I’ve included some info in this post, such as including the wheel circumference. From what I understand, yes, it must be calculating speed from RPM, meaning how fast you are pedaling. I wish I could be of more help. Perhaps, a reader can chime in and give you more info. There’s also an amazing Facebook group. I did not start it but I’ve been actively a part of it for a while. Many of my readers are on there and have the same setup, some with the speed and cadence sensor. It’s Peloton App Users Unite! I’m sure you can find a lot more information about the speed sensor there.

  47. Nicky says

    Quick question. If I order the new version of the bike, and the shoes you have linked, do I need to buy clips too?


    • Michelle says

      My shoes did not come with the cleats, although some may so you need to read the description carefully. Usually, they come with the pedals. And, the Sunny Belt 1509 doesn’t come with the cleats either, as far as I know. I’ll update my post to include this info. Thanks for a great clarifying question.
      Here is the link to the cleats I have:
      You can also go directly to my Amazon page to purchase everything
      There are plenty of YouTube videos showing the correct placement of cleats. Make sure you fully tighten them onto your shoes. You don’t want them spinning around or worse, getting stuck in the pedal. You can also go to a local bike shop to make sure they are correctly aligned.

  48. Todd says

    I recently purchased the bike that your link took me to that has a chain instead of a belt. Should I send it back and wait on the belt version or will the chain version be sufficient to mimic the Peloton bike? The one that is to be delivered tomorrow is the SF-B1509C Chain Drive at a cost of $329.

    • Michelle says

      Sorry, that happened. I tried to update my post as soon as I saw that it was redirecting my link. I wanted people to be aware that since the belt drive was out of stock, Amazon was redirecting you to the same model but with a chain link. I contacted the company who assured me that the belt drive would be restocked soon. Since the Peloton is a belt drive, that’s what I went with. I think over time, a chain link requires more maintenance than a belt drive. And a belt drive is supposedly quieter. If you Google it, you’ll find most articles tend to support this point of view. You can always order the one I have (mentioned in the blog) and change out the pedals which is really not a big deal.

      • Todd says

        Thanks for your reply. I have ordered the correct bike on and will return the wrong version. Now I am trying to order the accessories from your website and the link is not working for any of your items. I want to get the same accessories since you have already used them and know they work with this bike. Can you provide the model numbers etc. if you can get the links working again? Thanks again.

          • Michelle says

            I figured out the problem and I can’t thank you enough for bringing it to my attention. It also looks like Amazon is bringing you to the belt drive version of bike now, although it won’t be delivered until after Christmas. So . . .I’m going through each link now and updating it. In the meantime, if you don’t mind (and I truly appreciate you considering purchasing through my link), I have a shop on Amazon. All my links should work there. Here’s the link:

  49. Karl Shaffer says

    How do you know where to set your resistance knob? Not seeing much on how to set the resistance has been the largest negative for this bike. It looks like the people pushing the Sunny totally avoid the subject and I’d consider it fairly significant. I’m hoping you have a solution and if so, kindly add it to your article.

    • Michelle says

      I don’t think people generally avoid the subject. If you scroll through the comments, you’ll see it gets discussed a lot. And, if you go to the Facebook group Peloton App Users Unite! you’ll see it gets discussed even more.
      But I agree, you bring up a great point, and I certainly can edit my blog post to include what I know. If you’ve taken spin classes before, it’s definitely easier to gauge. My spin bikes always used a resistance knob and not a digital read-out so I had a feel for it to begin with. So, a flat road is some resistance but not nothing. The instructors will tell you that you could maintain that resistance for an hour ride or so. It’s at least 25-35 percent. A resistance of 60 to 70 is very difficult and you can only hold this for a short time. I don’t think the Peloton instructors ever bring you about 70. It’s not so hard that you can’t turn the pedals (I’ve taken spin classes where they tell you 100 percent–Peloton doesn’t) but it’s difficult especially to maintain the speed/cadence (using Wahoo) that the Peloton instructors are calling out. I find the Wahoo app (and you can also measure your heart rate on the app now) to be very telling. For example, if the instructor tells you that you should be at a flat road (let’s say 30), but your cadence should be between 110 and 120, and you can’t get there, not even close, you’re very likely on too much resistance. However, reversed, if you can are flying when the instructor says your cadence should be at 75-80, then your resistance is likely too low.
      I really like using the FitIv Pulse app (formerly Motifit app–see my Apple Watch post for further reference— to view my charts and zones. It shows warm up, endurance, power, threshold and max capacity.
      A reader posted his breakdown in the comments section a few months ago and I thought it was very helpful, how many turns equals what resistance. (It’s from Mike, dated August 1):
      “I agree that Jen Jacobs is the best for helping you learn the cadence and resistance measures. Being a math teacher, I did a little bit of work on figuring the resistance and here’s what I came up with for my bike (I have the same as you). It will be interesting to see if you agree. What I noticed that the the resistance pad doesn’t even touch the fly wheel until about 1.5 turns on my bike. I put a piece of paper in between the pad and the wheel and I could move it freely until 1.5’ish. When I get to about 4 full turns, it’s virtually impossible to move. So that means I have from 1.5 to 4 to work with. That puts a “50%” right around 2.75 turns. If you go by what Jen says, she says that a 50 is still doable and you can still talk to her, but you don’t want to. I’d agree with that at a 2 3/4.. I can talk. but don’t want to. She says a 40, you should be able to do “all day” or “for hours.” Personally, I wouldn’t but at around 2 1/4 turns to 2 1/2 turns, I agree, not very touch.

      My rough (and I mean rough) translation is:
      2 turns is about a 25-30
      2.5 turns is about a 40-45
      2.75 turns is about a 50
      3 turns is about a 60-65

      • Karl Shaffer says

        Thanks very much for your reply. I have actually never been to a spin class nor do i ride a road bike. I ride a Trek Remedy 9.9 as a mountain biker as often as I can manage; normally 3 days a week weather permitting and 4 or 5 days a week in the summer. I currently use my elliptical or a Concept 2 rowing machine when I can’t exercise out doors. I exercise indoors grudgingly as I really prefer to be outdoors but not on the road, breathing nasty automotive fumes. Anyway, as I mentioned, the weather doesn’t always allow me to get out on the mountain bike so I was looking for something that would more closely provide a more similar exercise experience. So far, your recommendation of the Sunny sounds like the best option and there’s no way I can afford or justify a Peloton.

        I have to admit, I did not do a great deal of delving through the available blogs you mentioned. However, I did read a number of articles such as yours. What I was hoping to find is a chart created by the manufacturer or someone giving a direct comparison. What you provided is a good start but If your aware of something that’s been done to provide a direct comparison, please point me in it’s direction.

        Thanks again for your reply and the article.

        • Michelle says

          The best info I have is what I wrote in my reply to you, unfortunately. I’ve reached out to the company many times asking about resistance. If you are a cyclist, I think you’ll have a good feel for the bike. Once you install the Wahoo sensor, I think you’ll feel really comfortable. I pair an Apple Watch with my workout and like having that information as well. You should try the ProCyclists rides. I recently did a live ride with George Hincapie and it was one of my favorites.

  50. Michelle says

    Thank so much for this. I take spin classes at the Y about four times per week, but a job change is going to prevent me from making it there in time for class and it was stressing me out. After a lot of research, I pretty much just ordered everything you recommended here. I did get the newer version of the bike because I already have the shoes. Hopefully this will let me cancel my membership at the Y and find a super cheap gym just to lift weights at once or twice a week. Thanks again!

    • Michelle says

      You’ll love it. I lift weights at home. I use an app to keep track (on my to-do list to blog about). Were you able to get the belt drive of the bike I mentioned? I think it’s still out of stock. Or did you get the chain?

  51. Meagan Neumann says

    I just started using the Peloton app with my iPhone 6 during rides. I’ve completed only 3 rides so far, have had the app for 4 days now. I use the spin bikes at my gym. Love the app bc I usually can’t make the spin classes they have scheduled. I haven’t yet tried a LIVE class yet, but looking forward to it. I like that there’s a variety to choose from and the video is shot from the perspective that you’re taking the spin class with others, vs. the video of just one instructor like other cycling class apps. Thanks for your blog post!

    • Michelle says

      If you are on social media, you can reach out to an instructor and let them know you are riding if you want a shout out. Let’s say, it’s your birthday or 100th ride is coming up, let the instructor know. App riders have been getting shout outs!

  52. Sarah says

    Hi Michelle! Thank you for the helpful info. As you mentioned, the updated version if your bike is totally unavailable right now. I’ve checked tons of retailers! Is the only difference the pedals? If so, I will just by the earlier version and change the pedals instead of waiting for a restock. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing any other differences between the two…

  53. Christine Weaver-Crafton says

    Hello! I’m looking into this and I clicked on your original bike link in your blog which is to a belt drive. Then you said your bike has been updated and you provided a link to the updated bike which is a chain drive. Is that intentional. Do you recommend to get the chain drive because it comes with the pedals?

    I’m interested in tracking cadence, heart rate, and speed. Any recommendations? Does Wahoo give speed as well?

    Thank you,

    • Michelle says

      Wow, that is not intentional and not the bike it used to link to on Amazon. Something must have changed on their end somehow. I linked to the B-1509 (B for belt).This must be recent as I keep tabs on this and it’s now linking to the C-1509 (chain). I’m guessing the B-1509 is unavailable for some reason and that is the closest link Amazon had. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’m going to investigate now.
      As for the cadence sensor, the Wahoo measures speed and cadence. I use an Apple Watch for heart rate. Many people use the Schoche heart rate monitor

    • Michelle says

      OK, I spoke with the manufacturer and it will be coming back to Amazon soon. It’s out of stock due to the holiday season. I’m updating the blog post with this information. Again, thanks for letting me know.

  54. sharin newman says

    Hi! I just purchased a Sunny Bike and allthe accessories mentioned here. Cant wait to set it all up! If I have a S
    mart TV, will Firestick work with the app, or does it need to be compatible with Apple products?

  55. stuman19741974 says

    So far so good! Go the multiple accounts on the Peloton app for my wife and I. Screen casting to the TV via Apple TV which is sweet.

    I did not yet purchase the iPad or iPhone handlebar holder just yet. Using a table on the side with isn’t optimal since we have the iPhone for the Wahoo app cadence and the iPad connected to the Apple TV. And the TV remote.

    It wouldn’t be mounted on the handle bars, but would sit immediately in front of the bike…has anyone ever used a music stand as a shelf that could accommodate both the iPad and iPhone? I searched and found this that perhaps could work?

    Or something similar but better? Thanks!

  56. Keith says

    Thanks for all the advice!

    I now have a similar setup now with the Sunny heavy duty bike and Wahoo sensor. I already had the other items so my startup cost was only about $260. I subscribe to the app for 12.99/month.

    Can you Chromecast the Peleton app to a TV? So far I haven’t figured that out so just use my iPad to show the classes. I don’t see the Chromecast icon on the Peleton app so am wondering if they have an API with them.

    • Michelle says

      I have to be honest, I know very little about Chromecast. From my quick research it sounds like it’s much more compatible with Android devices than Apple. But it can be done assuming the app is supported. So my gut is saying the answer to your question is no as I don’t see the Peloton app listed anywhere. You may have read this but found this helpful.

      • Leanne says

        I came across this as I was looking for information for a friend. I wish I would have seen this sooner. I have a Peloton and I pay $40/month for my subscription. What is the 12.99/month price from?

        • Michelle says

          The 12.99 price is if you download the app from iTunes, without the bike. You don’t get the scenic rides. If you have the Peloton bike, you have access to the app as part of your Peloton subscription (and that’s 40 dollars per month).

          • stuman19741974 says

            Thanks so much for this site! We just had the Sunny bike delivered today along with the Wahoo cadence chip. I downloaded the Peloton app onto my iPad. One question I have…if my wife also wants to use it, and we have separate Peloton accounts, can we do that via just 1 iPad app subscription? Also, does that $12.99 charge go through iTunes or separate setup direct to Peloton? Thanks!

          • Michelle says

            It’s all through iTunes. You can set more than one profile through the app (no additional charge). If you ever decided to get the actual bike, you can carry over the information and count from your rides.

          • ted fotopoulos says

            Great site Michelle, thanks for your info. I just wanted to expand on what Cara mentioned several months ago. Bed bath and beyond sells several Sunny bikes at great prices. I was about to order the SF-B1509c for $360 on amazon but found same bike on bb&b for $325 then used 20% coupon so final price of $260 plus tax with free shipping. bike has chain not belt but feels great.

  57. Colleen says

    This is awesome. Thank you, Michelle. I just bought the bike you suggested and am on a trial of Pelaton on my iPhone. Question about the Wahoo sensor. Do you know if I can link that up to a Kindle Fire? I just have my iPhone and am hoping to use my son’s kindle fire since I don’t have a second apple device

    • Michelle says

      That’s a good question. I’m pretty sure the Wahoo app is compatible with Android devices. I did a quick search and it looks like you can. Please let me know. My kids have Kindle Fires too!

  58. heather says

    hello! thanks for all your helpful info. I have a question but not sure if you answered this. Is there a reason why you wouldn’t do the sole SB700 bike that has a monitor to track rpm and speed ect so that way you dont have to get a few different apps and the wahoo sensor? was it just the price is a few hundred more for that bike or it still wouldn’t work with the peloton app? just curious as I am trying to make a decision before christmas 🙂
    thank you

    • Michelle says

      Good question. I try to write about my own personal experience (not sponsored posts) and so that is why I focus mainly on the Sunny. I don’t remember precisely why I didn’t choose the Sole. From my understanding (and maybe this is why I didn’t go with it), the computer is very basic. I’m a numbers kinda girl who likes to have a nice clean record of my workouts. The Wahoo app is able to sync to my iPhone and I don’t believe that Sole’s computer can do so. I like to go back and see my progress. I’ve thought about updating my post with other models, including the Sole. People are also very happy with the Keizer M3 (, a much more expensive bike. Sunny also has the Asuna model which is heavier-duty. (
      If you join the Facebook group Peloton App Users Unite! you will see people discussing these bikes. I don’t manage the site but many of my readers are on there.
      Please let me know what you decide. I don’t you can make a wrong decision either way. Flywheel just came out with their own version of the bike but for now, you can only access the app if you buy the bike. Maybe this will change in the future.

    • Michelle says

      Oh, and just to be clear. People do use the Sole with the Peloton app. But it seems like many of them also use the Wahoo app for the reasons I stated.

  59. Jeremy Davidson says

    Thanks for this post. This is exactly what my wife and I are doing.

    One question, I have seen a few reports of connecting the Wahoo sensors directly into the peloton app. Any luck with this? Have you tired?

    • Michelle says

      I have not. That’s interesting. Whenever I’ve tried to do use both apps simultaneously, it’s closed me out of the other app. Thus, the two devices.

  60. Nathan says

    Thank you so much for this post! I just ordered the bike and Wahoo app along with an iPad holder. I can’t wait to get spinning with Peloton but without the hefty price of their bike/system. Great information!

  61. Ann Blancke says

    Thank you Michelle!! I appreciate your research and perseverance! My husband bought me a sunny cycle for my bday and I’m still amassing all the stuff to mirror the Peloton experience. I too am wondering about the resistance issue- I calculated about 25 complete turns from zero to “I can’t move the pedal” which I’m calculating at 100. Do you think it’s correct to extrapolate that 12.5 turns of the resistance would be roughly 50%? I can’t figure out if that’s a stupid question!? Thanks for your time. Ann

    • Michelle says

      That’s basically what I did. Best bet is to take a lot of classes and figure out your resistance based on what they want cadence to be—example, your cadence is too high, you need more resistance. Read through some of the comments on this. Also a reader of mine posted in the comments a couple of months ago his “math” which sounded pretty spot on. Let me know if you have more questions and happy belated birthday! Oh and Peloton just changed their eligibility for a Century (100 rides) shirt. You can get one if you are an app rider. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but it’s motivating.

  62. David Braddock says

    Good evening Michelle – Thank you for all the great information. I’m ready to place my order but I can’t determine the men’s version of the Shimano SPD shoes. Can you provide me a link so I can also get you credit for the purchase?

    • Michelle says

      That’s so nice of you to ask. Thanks. I will get credit for any shoe you purchase as long as you go through my links. Just make sure they are SPD shoes. This men’s shoe looks pretty similar to mine:

      Let me know if you have any questions.

    • Michelle says

      Easy. Boxes were heavy but they were delivered into my garage that leads to basement where I was keeping it. I put it together myself. If I remember correctly pedals were already installed (I wound up changing them out for SPDS soon after). It was just a few pieces. I did have some issues with the seat moving but when my husband took a look at it, he fixed it within seconds.

  63. vermontoatbowls says

    Hi Michelle, I’ve been following your blog since Dec 2016 and have been researching Peloton for as long. I am ready to take the plunge with your setup. Three quick questions for you:
    1) did you get a mat for the bike like Peloton sells?
    2) did you purchase any extra protection plan on Sunny bike?
    3) when you used the iPad mount, were you able to attach and detach the iPad easily? I am hope so because 8 use my iPad for everything and wouldn’t want to have to deal with installing the mount every time I wanted to use the bike. I am hoping the mount stays on the bike and that it is easy to snap the iPad in and out as needed. The reviews didn’t seem to address this.
    Thanks so much for sharing your great research!!!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for following me. I never got the mat. But I use it on basement vinyl floor tiles designed to take a beating. From what I’ve read, a mat is a great idea if you will sweat a lot (I definitely sweat but I’ve never been dripping to the floor) and also it’s a stability issue as the bike can be more balanced on a mat. I did not purchase extra protection but looking back I think it’s a good idea. I’m able to pop iPad in and out no problem.

  64. Colleen says

    Thank you so much! SO MUCH! You have created a great and affordable alternative to spin classes and Peloton. I can’t thank you enough!

  65. Kimberly says

    I just sent this post to my husband and told him it’s my Christmas wishlist! I’m pregnant with my third child, so working out at home is my only option… This is amazing!!!

    • Michelle says

      Yay! Can’t wrap my head around Christmas yet (but I guess I should). I’m holding onto unseasonable summer weather here in NY.

  66. rye says

    Thanks much for this post! I am looking at models SF-B1509 Belt Drive and the SF-B1002 Belt Drive bikes, and I can’t decide which to get.. they are pretty much the same price. I know one has 40lb flywheel and the other has a 49lb flywheel, and they have different pedals (which I can change if needed). My wife is 5 ft 8, 140lbs. Which is more like a peloton bike experience? Can anyone offer any advice? thanks much!

    • Michelle says

      I’ll let others chime in. I have the 1002 (1509 came out later). I don’t think there is much difference, other than what you pointed out. It probably comes down to aesthetics and final price (once you add in price of pedals). I would definitely get pedals that you can clip into and shoes either way. Interested to hear others’ thoughts.

  67. Allison says

    This made my life!! I was sitting here about to dive head first into a peloton and this saved me. I started using my bike (found someone local that was selling the exact one you have for $100) this morning and I’m so happy!
    One question I have is about the terminology during the peloton rides. At the studio I usually go to they just go by turn size (1/4, 1/2, tap, full, etc) but peleton uses resistance numbers that I assume refer to the computer. How have you made this work with your bike? Any tips?

    • Michelle says

      Great question. If you scroll through the comments, you can see some discussion on this. If you are familiar with spin classes, you already have a heads up. A flat road in Peloton is about 25-30 resistance, probaby your quarter turn, so there is some resistance but you could pedal like that for a long time. In Peloton, you’ll see the instructors usually don’t go to full. 50-60 percent is pretty high resistance for them. And, this should be tough. Pay attention to the cadence numbers. As a general rule, if you are unable to keep your cadence let’s say in the 90-110 range at the flat road (their 25-30), your resistance is too high. Conversely, if you have your resistance set to what you think is 60, and your cadence is 90, your resistance is way too low. The more classes you take, the more you learn. I like Jennifer Jacobs while you are trying to figure this out because she tends to call out both resistance and cadence often. A reader recently posted in the comments section, some mathematical correlation he figured out. If you look at recent comments, you should see it. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  68. Mondy says

    Hey Michelle!! Thanks so much for the info!! Got everything setup and LOVE the bike!! Couple of questions…is there a way to figure out resistance on the bike (the Peloton refers to this constantly)? Isn’t Cadence really just RPMS? Lastly on the Wahoo Cadence it does not track my distance or calories, is there another version of Wahoo that would track those?

    • Michelle says

      Happy to hear you are happy! If you scroll through the comments, you can see lots of discussion about resistance. But basically you learn to estimate very well. So if the instructor tells you your cadence should be at 70 and the Wahoo reads at 100, you can be pretty sure your resistance is too low. And vice versa. A reader of mine just posted recently his calculations for determining resistance. If you scroll back, you should see it. Wahoo cadence does not track distance or calories. There is the other Wahoo device that I reference in my post that calculates distance. This has never been very important to me. As for calories, I use the Apple Watch (which I love and will be writing about very soon) and the Motifit app that tracks my heart rate and calories. If you have further questions, feel free to ask me or join the Facebook group Peloton App Users Unite! A lot of my readers are on there with a similar set up.

  69. Nicole Quinones says

    Hi Michelle thanks so much for all this great information! I’m so excited to start using my peloton app. I’m a grad student and will be using the bikes available at my school’s rec center. That being said I still want to be able to track my metrics. Do you have any ideas or recommendations for how I can do that on a bike that’s not my own? It seems like the cadence you recommend is permanent and cannot be removed easily, which is what I would need for using a bike at the gym.

    Thanks again!

    • Michelle says

      GREAT question and surprisingly, I think you are the first to ask. You could attach the sensor to your shoe. Although I’ve never done this, Wahoo includes it as part of its official instructions. Also, I’m sure you could find a Velcro strap of some sort, attach the sensor to that, and then wrap it around the crank arm. Check out Wahoo’s page here:

    • Michelle says

      I never tried it although readers have recommended it. I just looked it up again and it seems very similar to another app I did try–aaptiv–see link below. Peloton offers live and on-demand video classes and to me that makes a huge difference. I feel more of a connection with the instructor and find it easier to follow along. Have you tried either cyclecast or aaptiv? Curious on your thoughts. In my opinion, there’s nothing like Peloton. Game changer.

    • Michelle says

      My shoes did require cleats. They came with my SPD pedals. If you want to clip in, you’ll need cleats of some sort.

  70. Mike says

    Thanks for this post Michelle! It’s extremely useful and I’m already up and running.. well, spinning. I agree that Jen Jacobs is the best for helping you learn the cadence and resistance measures. Being a math teacher, I did a little bit of work on figuring the resistance and here’s what I came up with for my bike (I have the same as you). It will be interesting to see if you agree. What I noticed that the the resistance pad doesn’t even touch the fly wheel until about 1.5 turns on my bike. I put a piece of paper in between the pad and the wheel and I could move it freely until 1.5’ish. When I get to about 4 full turns, it’s virtually impossible to move. So that means I have from 1.5 to 4 to work with. That puts a “50%” right around 2.75 turns. If you go by what Jen says, she says that a 50 is still doable and you can still talk to her, but you don’t want to. I’d agree with that at a 2 3/4.. I can talk. but don’t want to. She says a 40, you should be able to do “all day” or “for hours.” Personally, I wouldn’t but at around 2 1/4 turns to 2 1/2 turns, I agree, not very touch.

    My rough (and I mean rough) translation is:
    2 turns is about a 25-30
    2.5 turns is about a 40-45
    2.75 turns is about a 50
    3 turns is about a 60-65

    Well, that’s about as good as my math goes. Interesting to hear if you agree.

    • Michelle says

      Thought this breakdown was great. I’m a member of the Facebook group Peloton App Users Unite! Many of my readers are on there too. Someone just asked a question about resistance and I told them to check your comment out on the blog. People found this very helpful so thanks for sharing. I’ve been away from my bike most of the month traveling. I’m interested to match your numbers with my own at some point.

  71. Mel says

    Are you still loving this set up with the Sunny bike, Peleton app and accessories suggested in your article? I’m intrigued!

  72. Cara says

    Thank you for this post! I had been considering Peloton but wavering due to the expense. Then I ran into this post online. I purchased the Sunny bike (from Bed, Bath & Beyond using the 20% discount!) and the Wahoo cadence sensor on Prime Day. I already had the iPad and weights so am now up and spinning with Peloton! I’ve done 3 classes and am looking forward to getting back in shape. Thanks again for sharing your research.

  73. Lisa Cohen says

    Thank you so much for this review on the bike and all the upgrades. This is a HUGE help to me. I’ve been looking at the Sunny bikes and I’m super close to purchasing the SF-B1423 (because it has a slightly shorter inseam, 27″ instead of 28″ or 29″ for the newer ones with the heavier flywheel… I’m 5’2″ and I heard some people having problems with the taller ones). I’m going to get an iPad holder, and a mat. I currently have a favorite fitness instructor, Cathe Friedrich, who has a few cycling DVDs that I already own (and Live classes that are available for use that I already subscribe to) to get me going for a bit. I’ll also do a trial of the Peleton app on my iPhone once I go through my cycling library.

    I’m also going to spend the extra $94 to get “expert installation”, mainly because I need said installer to bring the bike down a flight of stairs to my basement and I don’t want my me or my husband to get injured doing it as it’s a bit too heavy to do safely ourselves (and still stay married).

    • Michelle says

      Good luck. Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions. Definitely try out the app! You’ll be hooked.

  74. Nichole says

    Thank you SO much for the great info! Just ordered my Sunny cycle and Wahoo cadence sensor…can’t wait to start!

    • Michelle says

      I’m not sure if I have or not. At the time I had no intention on buying a spin bike from Amazon. And, I assumed I would have to spend a lot more. I searched Amazon, found this bike, and read review after review. There were a lot and they were overwhelmingly positive. I knew I wanted a belt drive (like the Peloton) and a flywheel. I also wanted to be able to change out the pedals. At the time, they didn’t have an option with the SPD pedals already installed. I did a lot of research and I think I probably read every review out there. I got it within a few days and put it together myself. No regrets.

  75. Debbie says

    I have a monitor on my bike that will give my cadence, distance and heart rate but when the instructor give resistance levels, I guess. Is there anything to add to my bike that tells you that or resistance levels are specific to peloton bikes?

    • Michelle says

      Unfortunately no. The best you can do is try to determine resistance based on cadence. The more classes you do, the better you will get at figuring it out. For example, if an instructor says your cadence should be in the 80 range and you are at 100, your resistance is probably too low. And vice versa. I like taking classes with Jen Jacobs because she gives a lot of guidance for cadence ranges.

  76. Krystle says

    Love this so much, took my first class this morning. I just wanted to know how you worked out being able to watch the class and see the cadence/speed on the wahoo app at the same time. Do you have an iPad and an iPhone for each? I have both but I feel like that’s a lot of space on my handle bars. Also, I got the wahoo Blue SC and kind of rigged it to work for my spin bike but I’m unsure if it’s the best option for it i noticed the cadence stopped sensing after about ten mins through my ride. Any advice would be great as I have emailed wahoo with no response yet. Thanks a ton!

    • Michelle says

      I use both the iPad and iPhone. I had the iPhone on a nearby shelf. Then I started streaming the iPad to my TV via Apple TV and hung my phone from the handlebars with an iPhone holder. If you scroll through recent comments, I mention the phone holder I have as well as some others my readers have purchased. A couple of readers also mentioned an app (name escaping me at the moment) that allows you to mirror your iPhone to a television without Apple TV. I also mention an HDMI converter that allows you to plug your iPad into the TV directly without Apple TV. Again, this all assumes you have a nearby TV. If you don’t, I know that readers have used the iPad holder I recommend and attach a gooseneck iPhone holder. My hanging one would also work. As for the Wahoo, I only have the cadence sensor but never had any issues except when the batteries got low only recently. Sounds like something is wrong with yours. Let me know what they say and reach out to me with any questions.

  77. Diana says

    Love it, tried to do this but having issues when picking the wheel size for the cycle computer. How did you solve for that one ? i am not using the wahoo, i am using a specialized speedzone computer that i have from my previous road bike.

    • Michelle says

      I didn’t need to put in wheel size but I know from my readers that they use this circumference: 1.350

      • Jay Johnson says

        Hi Michelle, where do you set the circumference? Is it physically on the bike? I have the cadence & the speed sensor, so want to make sure it is attached correctly. Thanks for the thoughtful guide.

        • Michelle says

          I don’t have that sensor. I just measure cadence. However, I am a member of the Peloton App Users Unite! Facebook group. A lot of my readers and users with the same setup as me are on there.

          I remember this question being asked so I searched the archives. Looks like it’s set at 1.350. If you need more info, perhaps join the Facebook group. Hope that helped.

  78. chiro2010 says

    Thanks so much Michelle! My wife asked about buying the Peloton Bike, which of course is a shock when you see the price. I always look for the great deal and get great prices… so I was thrilled to check out the bike you suggested (Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 Belt Drive Premium Indoor Cycling Bike) at Amazon.

    Well… I bought it about a week ago for $332.66… which I thought was a good deal. Within 24 hours it dropped down about $19… which I then contacted Amazon for a price adjustment. The first ‘online-chat agent’ wouldn’t give me the credit, but then the 2nd one did since they said the price dropped within 24 hours.

    Guess what… it’s now gone down another $40 plus… oh well. Thought I would let others here know… if they are thinking about buying this bike, NOW is the time to get it. The deal is with this price it’s only reserved for Amazon Prime Members. When I bought it at the higher price I bought it with my business account (not Prime)… which gave me a small business discount with the iPad holder… like $5. We also have a Prime account that’s through my wife’s account. Currently I can’t even buy this bike with my business account.

    Anyway… great deal right now… $269.66 with free two day shipping through Prime.

    As far as the Cadence by Wahoo Fitness… when I went through the Apple Apps Store I was confused by the couple of different apps. It was easier for me to just open up the web browser on my ipad and iphone and type in Then I was able to add the sensor easily.

    Note: If you and another are going to use this same sensor it is possible… it just can’t be linked to two phones/devices at the same time. When you go to link the sensor you’ll see the signal of the sensor, similar to what you see when you see signals for a wifi source…there are a couple of bars indicating strength of signal. To disconnect so someone else can connect either close out the app or move far enough away from the source to break the bluetooth link.

    Thanks again for the tips Michelle.

  79. Deb says

    How hard is it to install the cadence thing? I saw your post and bought a Stages commercial bike used from someone locally. I used it first thing this morning and realized I really do miss the statistics like what I had at our gym. Thanks in advance.

  80. Carol says

    Thanks Michelle for all your hard work on this. I take a couple of spin classes a week and would like to take more but they’re so expensive. I bought the Sunny SF-B1509 so I could work out at home with the Peloton App (which I LOVE). The only problem I’ve found is the dual spd pedals on the bike. You cannot adjust the tension on the pedals and they’re so loose your clips slip out of them. I reached out to the company and they pretty such said too bad. Buy new pedals. After spending $400 on a bike, I don’t feel I should have to spend extra $ on new pedals.

    • Michelle says

      I’m surprised. I bought petals bc I didn’t have the option. Are you sure you can’t adjust the tension? Perhaps reach out to some of my readers who have the bike. I definitely adjusted the tension on my petals. Also there is a Facebook group called Peloton App Users Unite! Lots of my readers on there.

      • Carol says

        Yes, I’m sure they don’t adjust. I called Sunny Fitness and they confirmed. Because I didn’t like the too bad answer, I emailed their tech department and at their request, sent them a photo of the pedals. I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back from them.

        • Michelle says

          Thanks for the update. Maybe they can credit you the 40 dollars or so and you can buy replacement petals

        • Steve says

          I bought the same bike and had a similar problem. One of the pedals was too loose and my spd shoe slipped out constantly. The other pedal was fine. I thought it might be my one shoe but the other shoe slipped out as well. I contacted tech support and they replaced the pedal quickly. The new pedal worked just fine. Perhaps you will have the same result and they will replace your pedals.

          • Carol says

            Thanks for the response. I just received notification today that they are replacing the pedals.

  81. Champ Phuphanich says

    After finding your article, I purchased the Sunny for my wife and I to use. I’m excited to start working out again. I just wanted to thank you for doing the leg work on obtaining an affordable Peloton experience.

    I read through most of the comments, and as of last week, I’m not sure a solution to airplay on the fire stick has been reached. I wanted to share that there are apps in the Amazon store that allow you to airplay. I downloaded the Air Receiver app e for $2.99, so far so good.

    • Michelle says

      So you added the app to the Fire Stick? I’ve never done that but I use the sticks too. In fact one of them is in the TV I use (currently with Apple TV). Great info. I’ll try it out.

  82. Brenda Singh says

    Your post inspired me check out the Peloton app which I played with for the two free week trial. It really is a quantum leap in home workout instruction. I was nervous about buying the Peloton cycle because our internet service is rather weak where I live and I didn’t want to be constantly frustrated with a buffering screen. So I bought a Schwinn Performance Plus with Carbon Blue indoor cycle to use with the Peloton app on my Ipad and (most of the time it works) and I’m in heaven!! Thank you!!!!

    • Michelle says

      Hi. The quick answer is no. However, you will soon figure out your resistance by relying on the cadence numbers. It won’t be an exact number but you’ll be pretty close. Do as many classes as you can. I always recommend Jen Jacobs as an instructor for helping you with cadence. So, when you take a class if an instructor says your cadence should be in the 60-70 range, and you are going 90, you know that your resistance is way too low. Or vice versa. I find that I’m usually pretty spot on these days. When they call out a cadence, that’s where I’m naturally at.

  83. Diana says

    Great idea! I’m so confused about the shoes though. If you buy the bike with SPD pedals, you need the shoes and do you also need to buy the cleat things? Or so they come with the bike? Or with the shoes? Thanks!

        • Diana says

          I ordered everything yesterday! Can’t wait for it all to arrive. I can’t tell you how happy my husband was that I found a solution for a fraction of the price of the Peloton! Thanks again for doing all the legwork!

    • Michelle says

      The Peloton definitely has more bells and whistles. My bike is very quiet and I’ve had no issues. That said, many with the Peloton have had various mechanical complaints (check out their FB page). I’ve used both the Peloton and Sunny and have had a great workout with both. I have to say I’m more than 2 years in and have had no problems. I don’t know if the Peloton (even assuming better quality) is times better (difference in price). I recommend if you can finding a Peloton showroom and trying it out.

  84. Randy says

    Great blog Michelle… I have looked at the Peloton for over a year and could never justify the cost. Never thought about their app until reading this! My gym is about to do some remodeling and I am going to inquire about possibly buying one of their bikes. If not , I will look into the Sunny. On another note, You should call them up and see about being a promoter of their bikes. From reading your blog, dozens have made a purchase off your recommendation. You could even start your own YouTube channel and make some money on the side. Just a thought! Keep up the good work and pedal faster!

  85. Carrie says

    I found your article trying to find a way to use the Peloton app for my new husband who REALLY wants to get a Peloton!! He is an ex-marine with a 20yr old very serious leg injury that caused him to stop running so I wanted to find something for him. Fortunately when we were dating I mentioned I love to bike ride and so we discovered this is something he can do with his injury.
    Recently my husband’s best friend from the Marine’s, who our young son is named after, purchased a Peloton to help him stay in shape in winter when he can’t trail ride. They have spent 20 years trying to out-do the other one even with my husband’s injury, so now my husband wants the Peloton so they can race each other since we live too far apart to see them often.
    From all of the research I have done so far, it appears that the App would not have the capability for them to connect up together and the only way for them to get this experience would be for us to get the Peloton bike. I was wondering if you or any of your readers might have any experience with using the App with someone who has the bike? Thanks so much for this great blog…

    • Michelle says

      That sounds incredibly motivating and I appreciate you sharing the backstory. If your husband wants to out-do his friend, and I’m sure that he wants to, the Peloton is probably the best bet. That is assuming they ride together (at the same time) and can see each other on the leaderboard. Even if they don’t ride together, they probably could have fun comparing outputs. The Motifit app which I currently use tells me how many calories I burn and gives me a graphic reading of my ride based upon my heart rate but I don’t think that will be enough for your husband. Let me know what you decide. Perhaps there is another app out there that could help. Your husband may be interested in one called Race My Ghost.

  86. Erin says

    Hello, where do you put your phone for the Wahoo app if you are using the iPad app for the Peloton classes at the same time?

    • Michelle says

      Great question. My current situation involves me streaming my iPad to Apple TV so I no longer have the iPad attached to my bike. Before when I attached the iPad to the handlebars, I kept my iPhone next to me on a shelf with my weights. I know some people use a Gooseneck iPhone or iPad or holder from Amazon which would certainly work like this:
      I now have my phone attached to my bike using this holder and I could definitely fit an iPad next to it:
      Let me know if you have any more questions. Hope that helps!

      • Erin says

        Brilliant! I just ordered everything today (including an iPad because I didn’t already have one) and spent less than $800 – was really close to buying the Peloton so huge savings in my eyes and I get an iPad! Will let you know how it goes!

  87. Elyse says

    Thank you for this post! I recently started researching the Peloton bike and ran it by my husband. He insisted we could purchase a cheaper bike and just used the app. I wasn’t convinced until I found your post today. Thanks again for a thorough post!

  88. Jaime Drake says

    Your post inspired me! Thank you!!! I have a spin bike in my garage and wanted to “upgrade” my own experience. I downloaded the Peloton app to my iPhone and quickly became obsessed with how to get it on my TV for bigger viewing. Yes, the lightning adapter to my iPhone is a possibility which you mentioned above. I just did not want another cord. And I did not want to purchase the AppleTV since I already have an Amazon FireStick ($39) on my gym TV. There is an inexpensive app called AirReceiver ($2.99) that I downloaded and was able to mirror my phone (Peloton app) to my TV. I found this video helpful to better visualize. It worked, was only $3, and now I am a Peloton fan. Thank you!

  89. jennifer faye says

    This article just saved me some serious moooo-lah!!! so thank you 🙂 I just ordered literally everything you recommended…I even got the same shoes. Unfortunately through amazon they were gonna be like $300…whaaaa?!? lol but I found them thru another site that offered free shipping and $10 off every $100! They were $100 and so I only paid $90! I got the new bike model and the speed AND cadence sensor, so all in all…I spent about $615 as opposed to the $2500 I would have spent! If I could give you a hug, I would <3 Thanks for taking the time to break it down for us 🙂

    • Michelle says

      Aw. Thanks. I definitely did not pay 300 dollars for my shoes. Keep me updated when you get set up. I also have some related posts in the works so please subscribe to the blog and/or follow me on social media.

  90. Florita says

    Hey Thanks for this! I’ve always wanted to buy a peloton bike but I couldn’t cough out $2800 when I tried to purchase everything including the warranty and subscription. This idea could actually make me do the spinning and save money with the subscription. $12 for the peloton app but $45 when u have the bike. I”ll discuss it with my husband and see what he’d suggest I do.

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for commenting. Let me know what you decide to do and please reach out if you have any questions.

    • Michelle says

      I have a belt-drive model and the 1001 is a chain-link. When I initially did my research, I decided on the belt-drive because it’s supposedly quieter and requires less maintenance. So, while I can’t comment directly on the 1001 model, I will say that I’ve had my bike over two years and it is very quiet and I have done nothing to maintain it (and I mean nothing). Let me know what you decide.

  91. Michelle S. says

    Thank you so much for writing this! I’ve been looking at Peloton for so long, but it’s too expensive and the reviews had me second guessing every step. I just got the full set up with some minor alterations. I got the bike computer for the cadence and speed sensors so I don’t have to use my phone (a minor extra expense considering) and a basket to attach to the bike for the dumbbells. $800 for everything including in-home setup service. One thing I didn’t understand is if I need to buy cleats? I got the shoes and the newer version of the bike.

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for writing. Sounds like you are all set up. Yes, you need to purchase the cleats separately from the shoes (unless the description says otherwise). Just make sure you purchase the correct ones: SPDs. I just linked to them in my reply to Hilary’s comment today. Let me know if you have any further questions. Also, please subscribe and follow me on social media. I update this post regularly and write about other fitness apps.

  92. Hilary says

    Hi, I appreciate your blog. I am in the processing of purchasing the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1509 thanks to you!

    I want to make sure that I get the right cycling shoes for that bike. Can I get any shoes that are SPD compatible? Like these: Also, with the SF-B1509, the pedals are already on the bike, correct? So I wouldn’t need to purchase new petals or a compatible cleat set, right?

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer my question and for the great insight you are giving to everyone on this “Peloton Experience without the Peloton”.

    Can’t wait to start riding!

    • Michelle says

      I’m glad you wrote. Yes, that bike comes with the pedals. The bottom of my shoe looks different from this one (this is more like Look Delta). It says it is compatible with both pedals in the description but then mentions that *SPD pedals can be used only with SPD cleats with the adapter SM-SH40. It’s a bit confusing. Most people are asking about Soul Cycle which uses both types of clips in their pedals so that doesn’t help. My gut tells me that you need this extra adapter to make this work with a regular SPD pedal, especially since they recommend pedals later on in the description that are not SPD pedals. See this article too: If I were you, I would get the shoes I have or something similar with the two slots. I have been very happy with them. You do have to buy the cleats separately. You don’t have to buy new pedals if you get my shoes and these cleats. Also, shoes generally are a bit snug so order one-half size up. I hope this all makes sense. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  93. Tracey Franzel Lassere says

    Michelle, I’m so happy that I found your blog! Any talk about the Google play store getting through Peloton app?

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for reading. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard of any mention other than Apple devices. Although my gut tells me they will add it one day. I try to follow Peloton closely. Stay in touch (subscribe) and/or follow me on social media and you know I’ll blast it out if I ever hear anything.

  94. Cindy says

    So glad I found your blog! Thanks for all of the great info Michelle! I got my Sunny bike all set up and love doing the workouts!

    • Michelle says

      I don’t know why Peloton isn’t Android compatible. It’s either intentional or happening soon, right? As of now, you must use Apple products: an iPad or an iPhone. There are other workouts out there. I have a post about Aaptiv and Cyclecast coming out soon but they are not the same. If you follow me on Facebook, I will blast it out as soon as I hear anything. In the meantime, maybe you can get your hands on a used Apple device. Sorry.

  95. Kattgr says

    Thank you for posting this! Inspired by your post, I have emulated your setup with a similar Sunny bike. I’ve been riding with the Peloton app for about a month now and I love it! In addition to the Wahoo sensors, I am using the Motifit app with the Apple Watch to monitor heart rate zone. I find that many of the heart rate rides are easy to manage without having a resistance number, because your resistance and cadence choices are driven by the amount of work you need to do to achieve a certain heart rate zone rather than a specific number called out by the instructor.
    As far as sensors go, I purchased both the speed and cadence sensors, but I’m finding that I really don’t care about the speed sensor. I’d be just fine with cadence only.

    • Michelle says

      That’s exactly my set up! I’m also using the Motifit app with the Apple Watch (I need to update this blog post). I only have the cadence sensor. I’ve been logging my rides as cardio (not spinning) on Motifit because it wasn’t keeping track of calories. Some glitch. Have they fixed that? I’m planning on writing a post about the Apple Watch & fitness soon. I’m not sure if you have subscribed to the blog yet, but I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments on that one.

  96. Sasha @ Running From The Law says

    i just placed my order for the bike and pedals. i’m a soul cycle junkie but have been contemplating the peloton bike for convenience and savings. but this is an even bigger savings – and a good way to test if the peloton bike would be worth it!! i’m excited to get it all together and start riding. thanks for the tips.

    • Michelle says

      I’m excited for you! Your blog intrigued me. I actually ran from the law (former attorney). Going to check more of it out.

  97. Leslie Whitham says

    Thanks for your article….I came across it as I was looking into which bike to purchase for home and as a result, have pretty much replicated what you discussed on my back patio! I purchased a Sunny Fitness bike from Walmart of all places and can’t believe the quality of the bike for the price – really outstanding! I am a subscriber to the CycleCast app (which I still LOVE and highly recommend), but it’s nice to have the visual distraction of the Peloton instructor to make the riding experience more like a class. I’m still enjoying the “free” two week trial and will re-evaluate which of the two apps I prefer. The CycleCast app is half the cost, but with a variety of instructors, timed rides and great music playlists, the only difference is what you “see”.

  98. Jess says

    This was so very helpful. I just went through your list and added everything to my amazon cart and I was good to go! Thank you!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks so much. Let me know if you have any questions. I update this post quite often so please subscribe and/or follow me on social media.

    • Michelle says

      I wish it did too. If you scroll down through the comments, I discuss some other bikes that have consoles included but they come with a higher price point than the Sunny. Of the three, I have heard more about the LifeCycle & the Keiser.
      Lifecycle GX
      Sole Fitness

      But if you go with the Sunny, you can add the Wahoo cadence and speed sensor which also gives distance. I recently got an Apple Watch and use the Motifit app. There, I see calories burned and time. (Wahoo cadence also measures time).

      Hope this helps.

  99. Leslie Whitham says

    Thanks, Michelle. I’ve purchased my Sunny bike, and my Wahoo cadence counter is on it’s way as well. I’ve been using the CycleCast app when I ride the bike at my gym at work – love it. Once I’ve gotten my bike and cadence counter all set up, I think I’ll investigate the Pelaton app for the 2 week free trial. I’ll be eager to check out all your updates, too!

    • Michelle says

      I’m always looking for new apps. I’ll try out CycleCast. You’re going to love the Peloton app. Keep me posted.

      • Leslie Whitham says

        I forgot I’d posted before – so you can disregard my 2nd post down below! 🙂

        My bike, Tickr HRM and Wahoo cadence counter are all set up and I’m 7 rides into the Peloton app. It’s GREAT! I’ve done a couple of the “beyond the ride” work outs, too, and enjoy them as well. Once my free trial is up, I”ll have some decisions to make.

        Have you tried Cycle Cast yet?

  100. Jill C says

    Hi Michelle! I recently also bought a Sunny bike, and came across the Peloton app two weeks ago. I’ve become an obsessed cyclist pretty quickly, ha ha. I love that app! (and Steven Little’s workouts) Then, I came across this post, and it is very helpful, as I’ve been balancing my iphone on the little platform of the bike so I can watch, in hopes that I don’t sling it across the room by accident. I will follow your lead here and get the ipad holder (i do have a mini someplace in my house), along with the cadence app. Thank you for sharing this info! I’m super excited to get my set up even more comfortable! Best wishes on your peleton adventure as well!

    • Michelle says

      Hi Jill. Happy to hear you like the Peloton app as much as I do. Do you have SPD shoes? That makes a big difference to me. I have to get back into Steven Little’s workouts. Once you have the cadence sensor, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. I’m constantly updating this post with new info, so please subscribe. Also, have some other posts coming out any day now. And, you can always find me on social media. I wish we could follow each other on the leaderboard.

  101. Sarah Rank says

    I want to say ‘THANK YOU’ for this post. I have been looking and considering the Peloton bike for a while but truly feel the price tag was not appropriate. I have ordered everything and am so excited to add this to my home gym. Your guidance and reviews were instrumental in my choices so thank you again for your research!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for your comment. You’re going to love it. So many choices of time and instructors. Sometimes I squeeze in a 20 min HIIT class and work my butt off the whole time. Please subscribe (I update this post regularly) and follow me on social media. Doing my first Instagram story today. Also, I’m writing some other fitness app posts (including spin) in the upcoming days.

  102. Catherine H says

    After reading this article I strongly considered buying a cheaper stationary bike and using the Peloton app, but then I went to the store and tried out the actual bike – it’s amazing. Due to the magnetic resistance, it’s super smooth and totally quiet, which I needed because we are keeping the bike in our bedroom. When I researched other magnetic resistance bikes, they were similar in price to Peloton but of course didn’t include the huge tablet screen.
    I am a new mom and can’t find time to get to the gym anymore, but needed a way to get back in shape. Peloton has been an amazing investment. I can get in a quick workout when my baby is sleeping without having to find childcare, travel to the gym, and get there early to make sure I get a spot in class. I used to love SoulCycle and Flywheel and this gives you the same high quality experience right at home. I darken the room and put on headphones and it feels like I am really in the class. If you went to one of these boutique classes only 2X per week at $35 per class, that’s $3,500 in just 1 year. With Peloton, although it’s a large upfront investment, it actually can save you money over time, especially since you can have unlimited riders in your household (my husband and I both cancelled our gym memberships). The iOS app is included with your subscription, so when I travel for work I can still do a class in my hotel gym. They also now have Beyond the Ride workouts like Yoga which you can cast to your TV if you want a break from spinning one day. If you ever decide to cancel the subscription, the tablet still has a few demo rides and still tracks your metrics.
    If you pay for 2 year subscription up front, you get 3 months free, and if you use a referral link you get another 2 months free on top of that. Here is my referral link:

    • Michelle says

      Agreed. Peloton is amazing. I wish I could get my husband to join in these classes with me. I’ve been doing Beyond the Ride classes too with the app. And, I do the same thing, dark room, volume high, streaming to my big screen TV. It doesn’t get better than that! They just came out with the commercial bike so you should be seeing those in hotels soon.

  103. Heidi says

    Thank you so much for your article. Last year I bought the same bike you have. I’ve already got the iPad holder, cadence sensor and weights. I am now going to look into the app. I’ve been siting the Peleton info for a while and I’ve been interested in it. Your way of doing this is so much better than buying their bike and $40 monthly subscription.

    • Michelle says

      Definitely use the app. It’s amazing! And, you can try a week free. I’m also researching a couple of other fitness apps so check back or follow me on social media and/or subscribe.

  104. siwill says

    Are the at home bikes easy to move? I plan to store my bike in a separate room. I see that some have wheels…just curious if they are easy to move.

    • Michelle says

      The Sunny bikes do have wheels but I would not recommend doing it on a daily basis. It’s a bit awkward but can be done.

  105. jennifer says

    Wow, so cool you have this all figured out. Love the idea of the Peloton set up but not the price tag. Two questions…..How do you attach your phone and view both phone and iPad while your ride? ALso, the spin class bikes I’ve used, the handle bars are so far forward and don’t adjust back towards seat. I worry about buying a spin bike and not being able to reach the bars very effectively. Is that bike pretty adjustable for folks with a short torso, so you can be closer to handle bar?? You don’t feel like your falling forward and downhill??

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for commenting. Someone just asked this same question about my phone in the last comment. Basically, I have a little crate/table (you can see it in my YouTube video) next to my bike. It’s not pretty but I already had it and it works as it’s the right height. I’ve heard of others also using a table. You can also buy a Gooseneck type/flexible arm that can accommodate your phone and still have room for your iPad. Or, if you stream to a TV, your handlebars are absolutely free. I keep my iPad on the floor. So, you could just attach your phone to the handlebars. As for the comfort of the bike, you may want to check out the dimensions and read some reviews to see if they discuss this issue. I did have someone ask recently if someone under 5 foot 3 could use the bike and checked with some readers who said that they were under that height and it worked for them (again, scroll through the comments for the details). The bike seat moves back, forward, up and down, but the handlebars only adjust vertically. I’m about 5’5″ and I never feel like I’m falling forward. Have you taken spin classes before? I believe my gym bike’s handlebars also only moved up and down and not forward and back. I would think that if you were comfortable in the past, that this would be no different. If you’d like, put this question out to other readers and see if they have thoughts. Hope this helped in some way.

    • Michelle says

      I have a little crate/table next to my bike. I lay my phone in there, along with my weights, and water bottle. At one time, my bike was in a different part of the room and I attached a little box to the wall that held my phone and was held with velcro. I’ve also seen people attach an iPod holder and also a gooseneck type/flexible phone holder that clips on.

  106. Erin W says

    It seems as though none of the Sunny bikes come with a built in display for rpm, distance etc. I see that you can get the iphone app, but I was thinking it might be nice to just find a bike that has the display. Any recommendations for a bike with display? Does sunny make one?

    • Michelle says

      To my knowledge, Sunny does not make one. Thus, my piecemeal ordering of the accessories to rig my bike. However, I am happy to see that Sunny added the B-1509 model with the SPD pedals already included. Changing mine out was a hassle. I’ve continuously updated this post with new information, so please subscribe or follow me on social media to stay updated.

      To answer your other question, from my own research and from my readers’ comments, I know that the following three bikes do have consoles included but they come with a higher price point than the Sunny. Of the three, I have heard more about the LifeCycle & the Keiser. Perhaps, someone reading this can chime in with their experience as I don’t personally own these spin bikes:
      Lifecycle GX
      Sole Fitness

      Hope this helps. I’m happy to answer any more questions that you may have.

  107. Angela says

    My husband suggested the same exact thing you did once he looked into the Peleton. So I’m looking to do exactly what you did. Thanks for the addl info on the other items you listed.

    • Michelle says

      Great! I’m constantly updating this post so if you want to stay updated, follow me on social me and/or subscribe. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

  108. Angie says

    THANK YOU MICHELLE!! I was just trying to figure out how I was going to afford the Peloton and came across your video and blog. Thanks to you I think I can get the entire set up for around $500. I already have shoes and clips, just trying to figure out what bike (and other accessories) to get. For the Sunny users, I’m curious to hear what bikes people have. I’m looking on Amazon and was strongly considering the B1002 because of the 49lb wheel and belt drive. Now I’m wondering if I should look at a different Sunny option. Thanks!

    • Michelle says

      I highly recommend a belt drive either way. The B1509 is very similar to my bike, the B1002. I had to switch out the pedals. The B1509 includes the upgraded pedals.

  109. Mary Jo says

    Has anyone had the problem with the loud clicking noise on every petal revolution? Amazon will replace bike, but with no box and weight of bike, that sounds like a difficult solution to fix this.

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m also reviewing some other fitness apps at the moment, and I update my posts regularly so if you want to stay updated follow me on social media and/or subscribe. Again, thanks for commenting!

  110. Sara says

    Michelle – I just wanted to thank you for this great blog post. I had been tempted by the Peloton bike but was not up for the price tag (honestly, the $39 per month subscription fee FOREVER was a big part of the gun-shyness). I took your advice and bought a Sunny bike (the Indoor Cycle with the 49 lb fly wheel for $275 on Amazon) and also tricked it out with some accessories (I ordered the suggested Wahoo Cadence but quickly realized I also wanted the Speed and HR monitors so I have ordered those as well). I have only had the bike for three days but have already done four Peloton rides totaling 2 hours. I even got up early this morning to get a 30 minute ride in. The Peloton bike certainly has an edge over the Sunny for metrics and adjustability but the Sunny is a great way to start and to get a similar experience at a fraction of the cost.

    For those considering it or new to their bikes, if you are on social media you can join the Official Peloton Rider Page and the Peloton App Users Unite! pages. The Official page helps a lot for inspiration and the App page can help to answer questions about accessories and trouble shooting.

    Thank you so much for your blog!

    • Michelle says

      Sara, that’s amazing. It’s really motivating, right? I am actually a member of the Peloton App Users Unite! page (you’ll see me posting). I only found it recently. I do recommend that others join it. I haven’t joined the Official page yet although the neighboring town has one and I’ve joined that as well. Thanks so much for reading. I’m trying out a few other fitness apps so if you’d like, follow me on social media and subscribe to my blog.

    • john bonnette says


      I was thinking of the Wahoo cadence and speed sensor also. When I looked at the speed sensor, it required a mounting to a spoke, which the Sunny bike does not have. Have you figured out a way to mount it, or is this a different speed sensor? Let me know how it goes. I purchased a Spinning Bio HR computer and may return it for a Wahoo setup.

      Thanks !

      • Michelle says

        Did you get an answer to this, John? I don’t know if you saw but someone created a Facebook group called Peloton App Users Unite! I’m pretty sure I saw someone post a photo of their setup.

      • Sara says

        John – I just got the Wahoo Speed sensor and mounted it last night. It is supposed to go on the wheel, so what I did was I have it (temporarily) attached with masking tape to the side of the wheel. If you are standing in front of the Sunny, on the right side of the wheel there is a lip maybe an inch or so wide. i put the speed sensor there with tape for now. I read on the FB App group that people sometimes attach with Gorilla putty. I also set the wheel size on the Wahoo App (when you install the speed sensor you can adjust the settings) to 1.35 meters because that is what other users on the FB group did. I did a ride this morning and it registered distance. I’m taking some guesses on it so I will probably do some more research to make sure I did it right, maybe the best thing is to email Wahoo.

        • Mike says


          Just checking in on your post about the Speed Sensor. Did you end up doing anything past what you’ve already written/researched? Is it working well?

    • Michelle says

      Thanks. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m also reviewing some other fitness apps so feel free to follow me and/or subscribe.

    • Michelle says

      No I haven’t. Just reading about it now. Curious to see how it compares the Wahoo. I’ll try to compare. Thx for sharing

      • Lisa Day says

        Please let me know what you think about the app. And thanks so much for your awesome post…I got everything you suggested with the exceptJon of the the wahoo.

      • Angie says

        I’d also like to hear how it compares to Wahoo. I’ve been researching cadence devices and overall am seeing mixed reviews. I was thinking I would purchase Wahoo but then saw the Spinning Bio from Dick’s and now Motosumo. I like the idea of the Spinning Bio since it’s a mountable computer that tracks everything, but at the end of the day, just want something that works. Spinning Bio and Motosumo don’t really have any reviews.

  111. John says

    Hi Michelle,

    Great post, it was exactly what I and my wife were looking for. We’re following your lead for using the Peloton app and have everything on order!

    I’ve purchased the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Cycle Trainer – 49 lb ($275 amazon prime shipping). I think this is the new version of the one you purchased, it has dual pedals, belt drive, and a 49 pound wheel.

    For cadence and heart rate, I chose the “Spinning Bio and HR computer” ($100 Dicks Sporting Goods), this comes with a monitor, so we don’t have to use a cellphone for a monitor. I’m not exactly sure it will work on the Sunny yet, If it doesn’t I’ll just return it and use the Wahoo you recommended.

    To stream the Peloton App to our TV, I’ve re-purposed our kids old iPod (free) and purchased the Iphone lightning to HDMI connection for the TV ($39 Best Buy). We already have hand weights, and shoes will wait for birthdays.

    So basically $400 for the setup. The only item left is how to interpret the Peloton Resistance percentage into turns of the Sunny resistance wheel. My guess is that if you really crank down on resistance so you can barely move the pedal its about 100%, and free spinning is 0%. Whats 50% ? How do you handle it?

    Happy New Year !

    • Michelle says

      Sounds like you have it all covered. I’ve been curious about the Spinning Bio computer myself. Let me know how it works out. As for resistance, yes, if you crank all the way and can’t move it, that’s probably at 100. But once you start taking a lot of classes and get used to different cadence levels, that will help you with your resistance levels. (If you scroll through some of my earlier comments, I get into this with more detail). But basically many instructors guide you with cadence numbers so you know if you’re cadence is too high, you probably need to add more resistance. Vice versa. Try out some metrics classes too. Jennifer Jacobs is helpful in this regard. You’ll eventually have a really good feel for it.

      • Mike says

        If you have a Peloton store near you, I’d recommend stopping in and giving the bike a shot. I did that and it’ll give you a good sense of what 40, 50, and 60 resistance feels like on the actual bike. I wish there was a way for me to describe it but 40 resistance was definitely a lot “lighter” than I assumed it was after I tried it in the store. Just under a 1/2 turn on the Sunny bike is equivalent to adding about 2 points on the Peloton bike. 50 resistance is where you start really feeling it. Anything above 50 is challenging.

    • Tamar says

      Please let us know how the Spinning Bio and HR Computer work out with the Sunny. We were thinking of buying the same thing, but would love to learn from your experience.

        • John says

          Its good to know the Bio computer will work when it gets here. Our bonus room construction zone is almost complete ! The 125 lb box of bike just arrived today and I finished the assembly after lugging it up a set of stairs. I had a squeaking resistance pad, but I applied the silicon oil they recommended and the squeak immediately went away. I think I need one more adjustment in the belt drive, every revolution of the pedals I feel about a dozen small bumps, kind of like you’re driving over a set of rumble strips in a car. I’ve never had a belt driven bike, maybe this is normal. I’ve emailed Sunny and just waiting for their instructions. Once everything is here and working correctly I’ll start the two week trial of the peloton app. Can’t wait !

          • Michelle says

            I haven’t felt those bumps. I recommend calling Sunny rather than emailing. I have a few times and they’ve been very helpful.

      • John says

        Some news on the SPINNING® BIO HR™ WIRELESS COMPUTER. The website says that the computer calculation is set at a 3.25:1 gear ratio (Most SPINNING brand cycles have this ratio). This is the ratio of the flywheel to the crank. The computer measures the rpm of the fly wheel and divides by 3.25 in order to calculate the rpm of the crank (Cadence). I just measured the gear ratio of our new Sunny SF-B1002, it is 3.5:1 so the computer will basically show your cadence about 8% faster than you are really going. An example would be if your actual cadence is 60 rpm, the computer will show 64 rpm. To me this isn’t a big deal, it’s close enough.

        I am still in the process of lining out the SF-B1002 with the help of Sunny customer support. I think the bearings are bad in flywheel, they had me try to adjust the belt. Now I need to send a video, with sound, to them for troubleshooting. I will say this about Sunny customer support, they answer the phone. They take their time on emails, but they pick up the phone immediately.

        • Michelle says

          Useful info. I wonder if the Wahoo has a similar calibration. I’m glad you called Sunny. Hope your issue gets resolved quickly.

  112. Holly says

    Thanks for the great post. I’ve wanted to do this since I first saw the peleton commercials. I found a Kaiser M3 plus on Craigslist and this set up works great. I love the Shimano shoes. Happy Spinning

    • Kathryn Daily says

      I found a Schwinn carbon Blue on Craigslist. I love it. I use the Peloton app and Wahoo cadence app. The workouts are great; much better than the gym workouts. Peloton also has some great non cycling workouts that are available with the app purchase. So, now I no reason to have to drive to the gym.

  113. Nancy Veronica Aguilera says

    For those who have an Apple Watch I have a tip: I downloaded Heartwatch from the app store. It has a Watch app as well. I can open Heartwatch on my Watch, select workout and I can now see my heart rate in real time on my Watch. My iphone keeps Wahoo cadence app open so now I can monitor both in real time. The Heartwatch app is $2.99, and saves me the expense of buying a separate heart rate monitor. For lack of a resistance monitor I’m hoping that these two metrics together will help me guesstimate where I’m at in terms of resistance, plus it’s really motivating to glance at my Watch to check my heart rate. I’m aware that the wrist measurement of heart rate is not as accurate but I’m a newbie and this will do the trick for now without too much extra expense.

    • Michelle says

      That’s great info. Thanks for sharing. I never wear a watch so haven’t embraced the Apple Watch yet. But I think I’m ready.

    • Mike says

      How does “Heartwatch” differ from just starting apple’s built in “Indoor Cycling” workout? It also appears to display the heartrate when I look at my watch during the workout.

  114. Mark says

    Michelle, any chance you or one of your fans has found a good dumbbell rack accessory that mounts to the seat? Thanks and Happy New Year!

    • Michelle says

      I haven’t yet. I did research it months ago but found nothing. I’ll take another look. I could definitely use one myself.

  115. Nancy Veronica Aguilera says

    You are a marvel! I bought all of this, bike, wagon cadence counter, spin shoes and pedals – everything! Peloton app streams from my iPad to my tv through my smart blue ray. I’m in love with the classes from Robin Arzon, she’s a bad ass! Took two of her beginner on demand classes since I’m brand new to spin. Bought a very padded seat cover for my tushie. Saved a bundle and the spin bike is very well made and so easy to set up! YouTube has tons of videos on how to properly arrange seat height and handlebars for newbies like me. All this thanks to you! I wanted the Peloton app for weeks, drooled over it every time I saw it on my Facebook feed. But now I have almost the exact same experience for less than a quarter of the cost of the Peloton bike. Thank you and Happy New Year to you!!

  116. Mark says

    Hi there! Thanks for the wonderful resource you offer on this site. I just setup my Sunny Health SF-B1002 with the accessories you mentioned on your site. Can’t wait to get into a good spin routine. One modification I made was the pedals. I went with the Wellgo SPD pedals off Amazon. Only $20 with great reviews.

    I do hope Wahoo comes out with an ipad app so I can tun Peloton and Wahoo side by side.

    • Michelle says

      I did the same. Definitely worth it changing out the pedals. Yes, I’m surprised Wahoo hasn’t created an iPad app yet but seems likely that they will at some point. Thanks for your kind words.

  117. Debra says

    I love your post! I must say I prefer to be outside working out so spending the $$$ money on a Peloton is hard to digest but your option is incredible, thank you so much for sharing! I think I will be following in your footsteps with the items your purchased!

  118. Daniela says

    Michelle, thanks for all of this useful information. You provided me with just the alternative I needed since I was just not about to spend so much on a Peloton. I know you did extensive research so, one question I do have is why choose the belt drive versus the chain drive Sunny?

    • Michelle says

      Thanks! Initially I probably chose it because the Peloton and the bikes I used at the gym were belt drive. Also, I read that the belt drive was less maintenance and quieter. Two years in and I’ve literally done nothing to maintain my bike. So, no complaints.

    • Michelle says

      You definitely could. I know some use a gooseneck type clip. I never needed to because I had a shelf nearby. But I’m sure it would fit.

  119. Ling-An Fang says

    Hi, I am wondering what are differences between spinning bike and use the bike trainer for the existing bike?
    I am new to all these, hope will hear from you. Thank you!

    • Michelle says

      I don’t use a bike trainer but I know that others do for the app. Check out the Peloton App Facebook group I recently discovered. Someone recently posted their bike trainer set up. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

    • Michelle says

      Wow. That’s great info. I use an old iPad. As far as I know, the Wahoo fitness app is only available on the iPhone or Android.

      • Mike says

        Sadly I tried this and don’t believe this will work. You can use the iPhone Wahoo app on your iPad but it only supports portrait mode and neither the Peloton iPad app or the Wahoo app support multitasking at this point in time. Would have definitely be a nice addition though…

  120. Barry Weintraub says

    Michelle Cudos to you . I think you really nailed this idea. Definitely the Peloton Experience at a fraction of the cost. Last thing on my mind is the brand of bike as I sweat profusely at the 34 minute mark of a live class beaming on my flatscreen TV via Apple TV ! Im not a professional, so I think my estimated cadence gets the job done and so what if I am off by a few as its all relative . I bought exactly what you recommended ( Bike and Ipad holder) and now I am closing in on 100 rides . Note: The upgraded bike you reference has a 40 lb flywheel vs 49 lb flywheel on the original recommended bike . Thanks again and worth a mention is the new updated app now logs your classes !!!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks, Barry. I really love having the class on my big screen TV too. Yes, the new app definitely has improvements. I like the new layout and the logging of classes like you mentioned. I was hoping the instructors would “see” me and welcome me now that we have user names. But alas, I’m still invisible.

  121. Alissa says

    This is an awesome post! Thank you so much for doing all of the leg work. I too wanted a Peloton. I went to their store in a mall near where I live. Long story short, for the bike, delivery, assembly, accessories (shoes, weights, etc..) and subscription plan for classes, I was looking at close to $4k. Yikes!! They have 1 year financing, which would be $334 per month. That’s more than my car payment. No thanks. If you are wealthy, childless and don’t drive, then it’s affordable. For the rest of us…not so much.

    I was really bummed about that. My husband was the one who actually found your page. I’m so glad that you found a cheat code. I’ve already downloaded the app and used it on my gym spinning bike. I already own apple tv so that a plus. I’m going to order the newer model bike, shoes, mat and cadence monitor.

    My question to you is this: I know on the Peloton that they monitor distance, cadence, output. resistance, and calories. Do those other things (beside cadence) matter? I know with the regular spinning bikes there’s no way to tell your resistance level so I’m just curious about your thoughts on that.

    By the way, I’m looking forward to your video!!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks so much for your comment.
      Since there is no exact read of resistance, I do rely on my cadence numbers a lot. And, if you’ve taken spin classes, you’ll have a good feel for resistance. Try as many different classes as you can. I recently mentioned that I’ve been taking some metrics classes (which can be tough using the app) but if you find the right teacher, it’s fine. For example, Jennifer Jacobs gives you an indication of where your cadence should be or not be. So, for example, she might say if your cadence is at 90, your resistance is too low. The more classes you take, the more you learn your bike and can figure out your resistance. I’m pretty spot on most days. As for calories, I upload my Wahoo app to MyFitnessPal and Apple health so I have an idea of calories. If you want to measure distance, I believe Wahoo’s speed sensor (I only have the cadence sensor) also measures distance (but don’t quote me, like I said I don’t have that one). I’m thinking of getting a heart rate monitor though as Peloton added a bunch of classes focused on that. Personally, I haven’t gotten too hung up on calories, distance, or even output as I know that I’m getting an awesome workout, much better than spin classes I’ve taken at my gym.
      I hope this helps. I’ve updated this post a few times, and will probably keep on doing so. You can subscribe to get updates. Or follow me on social media. I’m everywhere now. And my YouTube video is up. Don’t focus too much on me saying Pelotin instead of Peloton. Old habit I haven’t quite broken yet.
      Here’s the video:

  122. Terri says

    Hello Michelle, I just ordered the updated bike you suggested. But I didn’t order shoes. Do I need the shoes for these new peddles??
    Also how do I subscribe to your blog and follow you on social media??

    • Michelle says

      Yes, if you want to clip in, you need shoes. I have the Shimano’s (you can see them in my post). I’ve been really happy with them. Just make sure you can clip in and out easily. When I first put my pedals on, the tension was way too tight and I had a heard time unclipping. But all fixed now, and it’s been great. I believe the pedals you have are dual which means you can also use regular shoes on one side of the pedal. But I prefer being clipped in during my workout.

      As to how to subscribe, there are several ways. The easist way is probably to go to my website, there is a box on the right sidebar that says “subscribe”. Once you enter your email, you will get updates when I write new posts. As for social media, I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest (YouTube as of today). Just find me as “mypursestrings” on all of those.

      Let me know if you have any more questions. I’m happy to help.

  123. CDL says

    so do you have an iphone AND an iPad mounted to your bike monitor S and C on iphone while watching the workout video on ipad?

    • Michelle says

      I never had a mount for my iPhone, just placed it on a nearby shelf. iPad mounted. But essentially yes. Although now I stream from my iPad to a television using Apple TV. Either way, you need two devices. iPad for viewing class and iPhone for Wahoo app (cadence).

        • Michelle says

          No worries. I’m glad you are asking now. First off, as of now, Wahoo is only available as an iPhone app. So, you definitely need your phone. You can view the Peloton classes on either the iPhone or iPad. However, let’s say you are watching the class on your iPhone via the Peloton app, once you open the Wahoo app, you now no longer have the Peloton app open. And vice versa. You need to see your cadence on your iPhone as you pedal and you also need to see the classes. So, it’s not possible to view both simultaneously on one device. Does that make sense? So, what I do is I use the iPad for the class, iPhone for Wahoo. I’m in the midst of putting up my YouTube video where you can see my set up. If you check back in an hour or so, it will be up.

  124. Dee says

    Thank you. I just bought all the stuff and then found your blog post! I’m so excited to get my bike :)thank you for all the tips

  125. Christi Evans says

    Brilliant! TY for doing the research and leg-work for us. You just saved me a ton of $$ money! I almost went in for the Peleton bike … and it would’ve have been a lot of money for only 3-4 months of use…when the weather clears, I’m outdoors! You’re my She-ro!!

    • Michelle says

      Wow, I’ve never been called a she-ro before. Thank you. They just updated the app yesterday. So far, I’ve noticed an easier arrangement to find classes and a way to keep track of rides. Not sure if instructor can “see” app riders yet but I created a user name. Thanks for the comment. If you subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media, I’ll post updates. Maybe one day a resistance meter! Happy riding.

  126. Richard E. says

    Love your article and it validated the direction I was heading. I was ready to splurge and spend the $2K for the peloton bike, but then I saw that by the time you add tax and shipping and 1 year of subscription up-front, it was coming to $3K. Just too much. So based on your article, I got the newer Sunny bike, the Wahoo cadence sensor, etc, and am off and running. QUESTION is: Any tips or advice on adjusting your resistance to try to mirror the instructor? Since we don’t have numbers to go by? For example – is a quarter turn equivalent to a certain number of clicks on the Peloton bike?

    • Michelle says

      Thanks! It’s not that simple. As strange as it sounds, I would take a metrics class. I recently took one with Jennifer Jacobs. She gave me a good idea of my resistance by saying if your cadence is anything faster than such and such, you need to raise your resistance. She would also direct you on what resistance she wanted you at. Just do a few classes (all types) and that should help. Listen to the instructors’ cues when it comes to cadence. I find that I’m right where I should be most times. Once you figure out flat road and 50 percent, that helps.

      Peloton just updated their app yesterday. I’m about to try it out in a few minutes.

      Please subscribe to my blog and/or follow me on social media. Hopefully one of these days I’ll figure out a resistance sensor.

      • Mary Jo says


        I have the Apple tv on order. You mentioned that when you switch apps to look at cadence on the phone you lose the peloton app and vise versa. How do you look at cadence while doing a class if it makes you lose the peloton app with the class? Trying to figure out how you are seeing cadence on your phone while streaming class on tv with apple tv with your phone.

  127. Jason says

    Thanks, Michelle! Yes – this whole system has really been profound. I think it is the cheapest, fastest, most effective aerobic exercise regime that I’ve ever come across. So good. I have found what you’re to be true, now that I’ve had a few more classes on it. Thanks again.

    • Michelle says

      I’m taller than 5 foot 4 but not by much. I’m 5’5″. The seat and handlebar still has room to go up. I should have had my mother-in-law try the bike out last week. She’s 4’11”. I’ll research this further and also ask readers of my blog. Will try to get back to you on this today.

    • Michelle says

      A few riders who are 5 foot 3 told me they have no issues with the Sunny. I’m not sure if that helps. I can sort through some Amazon reviews. What height are you concerned about?

  128. Jason says

    I followed your excellent advice and have been loving the same setup. My only regret / challenge is not having any idea of the resistance setting – and I haven’t been able to find any kind of resistance monitor to solve that issue. Have you heard of any for this bike? Thank you. Rarely do I find blog posts that are this life changing!

    • Michelle says

      I’ve been on the hunt for some sort of resistance monitor for some time and keep coming out empty-handed. All I can say is the more classes you do, the more you’ll learn your bike. I do take some metrics classes and in a way as long as they are not too specific, they can help you gauge your resistance. Like I mentioned the other day to a commenter, I took a metrics class a couple of days ago with Jennifer Jacobs. Her tips were really helpful for me because she would say things like “if your cadence is anything higher than 75 right now, you need more resistance” or “you should be in the high 70’s, low 80’s” and I found myself naturally where she wanted me for the ride. Some teachers are better for this than others. Stephen Little in my opinion is very specific, “go to 82, now down to 80, back to 84”. Try out a couple of metrics classes and see what you think.

      If you can, follow me on social media and my blog. I continue to update my posts with new information. Who knows, I made find my resistance monitor yet.

      Oh, and thank you so much for your sweet words. It made my day!

  129. herredeemedlife says

    This is awesome. I have been fretting over the cost of the Peloton, then Amazon reviews were not so kind as to the overall cost. I am going to use this idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Brian0230 says

      I started using the app with my iPhone at the gym. The classes were pretty good. However, with kids and work, we wanted something at home. We paid extra for the peloton for extra motivation that we get from seeing stats, live streaming with other riders, etc ( that virtual experience). I thought about going the cheaper option, but I was worried we would end up with less motivation and it would collect dust in a couple of years. So far the peloton bike has kept us engaged, and actually addicted. Probably best to download the app first and make sure you like it. If you do decide to buy, use the link to get free 2 months:

      • Michelle says

        Thanks for your comment. The Peloton is very motivating and you’re right, addicting. I can imagine how addicted I could be with a leaderboard. My in-laws were at our house for a few days. During one of our conversations, I found myself tuning out. I jumped up and said, “sorry, I really want to go workout now.” Surprisingly, as our elliptical gathers dust, I’ve been really motivated to use my bike. I’m glad to see you using the word “we.” That makes a difference and definitely makes it even more worth it when purchasing a big-ticket item. My husband has yet to try the classes out.

  130. Jennifer says

    THANK YOU for putting this together!!! I have been working from home and not getting to the gym as much as I want. Add MN winters to the mix and your solution is a winner without having to spend thousands on the Peloton bike. Love the app and classes and the newest Sunny bike is of fine quality for the price. Just waiting on an upgraded monitor and pedals. If you ever figure out how to to translate their resistance numbers, please let us know as the metrics classes look really interesting.

    • Michelle says

      Ha. My husband is from MN. I’ve seen many of their winters. What sort of upgraded monitor are you waiting on? Truthfully, I do metrics classes too. It just depends on the teacher. Took 70’s rock with Jennifer Jacobs yesterday and could totally manage resistance. I’ve done enough classes to have a feel for it. Plus, many instructors like say things like if you are going more than 80, your resistance is too low. Or, your cadence should be somewhere between 65 and 70. If your cadence is faster, you adjust accordingly. Stephen Little on the other hand in my opinion requests very specific numbers. Although I agree a resistance monitor would help.

  131. Mark says

    Hi Michelle: Great blog post. I was really on the fence about Peloton but like you was gasping at the price tag. Your guidance really helped me see how I could definitely make this work at a much better price point. Thanks for sharing your findings.


  132. Katie says

    I have been drooling over the Peloton bike since seeing it in a Facebook ad a few weeks ago. My husband thinks I’m crazy. I like spinning, but mostly I like variety in my workouts. That said, we have a young toddler, and getting a good cardio workout in at home sounds amazing. THANK YOU so much for doing the research on this more affordable option! I’m still noodling on it for a little while to be sure I want to take the plunge. One question I have is, just how quiet is it? And I’ve read about having to do maintenance on belt drives. Has that been a pain?

    • Michelle says

      The Peloton App is pretty amazing. I like variety in my workouts too but more times than not, I go to my bike. It’s fun and I get a great workout. We also have an elliptical, I do at home yoga, and weights. I have young kids too and work out a lot with them at home. Some of the rides are 20 or 30 minutes so you can always squeeze it in. The Peloton App recently added other workouts to their mix which you can access for free on their app, including core, HIIT, arms and yoga. I’ve had my bike, a belt drive, for over a year and a half. It’s very quiet. And, I’ve done zero maintenance. Like I mentioned in my post, I would probably get the bike with the SPD pedals already included, or at least swtich them out the regular pedals on the other models. I think spin shoes make the workout better. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you decide!

  133. Mike says

    Just got the sunny sf-b1002 bike along with the peloton app. Loving it so far. The only thing I noticed about the bike is that the resistance pad is pretty loud under high resistance. Do you have this problem?

    Also, has anyone managed to hook a Wahoo speed sensor up to this bike? I have the Cadance sensor working fine but wondering if I can also add in the speed sensor.

    • Michelle says

      I believe that’s the one I have. It’s the belt drive, right and not a chain? I recently had a squeak under high resistance but it lasted just for one ride and self-corrected. But that was one ride after hundreds and it hasn’t happened again. If it continues, I would call Sunny. I called them twice and they were super helpful. The first time I hadn’t installed the seat right (my fault) and they sent me a new seat next day for free. I only use the cadence sensor but I know readers have asked me about the speed sensor. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Now if only there was a resistance sensor. I’m glad you are loving it. I just took Alex Touissant’s class and it was probably the best workout I’ve gotten on Peloton. Check him out!

      • Tina Prutting says

        I LOVE Alex’s classes as well!!! We were getting ready to purchase the Peloton on Craigs List, but missed out on it at the last minute. While searching for another, I came across your wonderful blog about creating my own less expensive scenario. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

        • Michelle says

          Thanks for commenting. I did Alex’s Artist vs. Artist the other night. Such a motivating workout. If you haven’t please subscribe and/or follow me on social media.

  134. Juliette says

    Thank you so much for posting your solution – it saved me a lot of money! I got my Sunny bike 2 days ago and I am loving it and the Peloton appl. I keep my iPad on my handlebars but really want to project to a TV – if I get apple TV, do I need an internet enabled (Smart) TV or will any TV work with Apple TV? I would really like to watch this on my 42″

    • Michelle says

      I made the switch to the TV. Apple TV works with any television. It plugs in with an HDMI. My Apple TV is five years old and it works fine. For streaming, you don’t need the most recent Apple TV. I saw one in Target for under 70 dollars. I also stream workout videos from YouTube, all free. I used to do BeachBody on demand also streaming to my TV through Apple TV. Glad it’s working out for you.

    • soledad salvador says

      i use my Gold x1 (agm) as a GPS on my cycling to the beach, i like going far parts since is less crowded- — just me my phone and the gear. BTW: the x1 doesnt need a waterproof case to resist falls and water. .. and still have battery left over; you know: rugged phone! The coolest thing about it is price: really cheap for those specs. Well, great note ! Thank you for sharing

  135. Juanita says

    Thanks for sharing this. I actually purchased the Sunny Health and Fitness Bike too and love it. Even though I considered seriously purchasing the Peloton bike, I just couldn’t see spending over $2,000+ for a bike. So like you, I went on Amazon, read reviews and am satisfied with my Sunny. My bike it set up just like yours except I don’t have Wahoo.

    Recently, I purchased the Spinning BIO Wireless Bike Computer a few days ago and can’t wait for it to arrive. I’m interested in knowing the calories, distance, etc that I exert during class so that I can get the most out of class.

    Purchasing the bike is the best decision I made as it has been instrumental with helping me recover from a knee sprain injury I sustained a couple of months ago. Love all the instructors, their energy and inspiration, it’s very motivating and keeps me going!!!

    • Michelle says

      So you use the Peloton app? If so, the Wahoo device is a great addition for the Peloton classes. I’ve been very happy with the Sunny.

      • Juanita says

        Yes, I use the Peloton app and love the features it has! I’ll have to look into the Wahoo device and see what it’s all about!

        • Michelle says

          It’s for cadence. So if the instructors tell you that you should be between 100 and 110, you can get to that number. I link to it in my post. Well worth it.

          • Shaneé says

            Thank you for sharing. Can you download the wahoo app to the ipad and see cadence while streaming peleton? Thinking it would be easier to have everything on one screen vs needing cell phone out too?
            I’m in the process of figuring this set up all out as I’m waiting for my sunny health to be delivered by amazon, delayed shipping by few days :/ should be here by today. I have a android phone and no ipad so was trying to see if another way to stream the app. But looks like my options are to get the apple tv and use my husband’s iPhone but I’d have to work around his schedule soooo thinking only solution is buying a ipad, think I can still justify to husband since saved a ton this route vs buying the peloton bike.. guess I’m just the few that didn’t already have a ipad ha!

          • Michelle says

            Happy to answer your questions. If you scroll back to a comments a few days ago from Juliette and Mary Jo, I gave a detailed answer on this. You may want to check those out. Basically, you need two devices. Once you start streaming to your Apple TV, you can’t open a second app. But I checked and you can download Wahoo on your Android. But yes, you would need a phone or iPad. My iPad is pretty old so if you didn’t get a newer one, make sure compatible. I can’t get Wahoo on my iPad. (Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch). You can also stream using Apple Lightning rather than Apple TV but I don’t that that would help you very much considering you use an Android. If you do get Apple TV, that only works for Apple products. I think you can use Google Chromecast which I also reference if you scroll back through the comments. Sorry if this seems confusing, but the short is yes, two devices.

          • Shaneé says

            Thank you for answering all my questions. Finally got my sunny health bike delivered tonight. Can hardly wait till everything is up and running. I got the wahoo tickr x and it’s supposed to have a cadence measurement , do you think the chest band works just as good as the single tracker you put on your bike ?

          • Michelle says

            I’m sure it works better. Does this measure heart beat then as well? Excited for you to try out the classes!

          • Shaneé says

            Yes it measures heart rate and calories too!!! Lots of other features for other types of exercises and offers links to other workout apps with a rep count. I had to go to wahoo fitness website for more specs, i just wasn’t sure what is best to capture candence since im new at this. Looking forward to the classes. I did a yoga class today from the peloton app since didn’t have bike earlier and was so eager to start browsing , I like the addiction already…this will be good for results and overall fitness goals.

    • Michelle says

      How is the Spinning Bio computer working out for you? It also shows Heart Rate? Several readers have asked about it. Wondering what you think . . .

      • Juanita says

        Hi Michelle, the Spinning Bio Computer is working fine for me. The model that I have does not monitor the heart rate, however there is a model that does.

        To monitor my heart rate, I use my Omron heart rate monitor (without chest strap) and it works perfectly. In the near future, I’m thinking about buying the Scosche Rhythm Band and using along with the Motifi app for heart rate training rides

        • Michelle says

          Thanks Juanita. I’ve been thinking of using both too. Although I may get an Apple Watch. Appreciate the info!

          • Angie says

            I have the Fitbit Blaze and it tracks indoor cycling workouts including heart rate and calories. I don’t have a bike yet but I’ve been doing a ton of research and hope to basically have Michelle’s set up soon.

  136. Cindy Redding says

    I did the same thing last summer, except I bought a NXT Spinner bike, the ones used at my gym. I found one that had been remanufactured and came with a warranty. I didn’t like the Peloton Bike. I went and tried one at their store in Tyson’s Corner, VA., and it was choppy! I don’t like a choppy spin bike, it’s the drive they use. I like a smooth, more realistic feel, especially when I’m standing. It was also cost prohibited. I purchased an adapter (HDMI cable to lighting) so that I can hook my iPad through my DVD hdmi cable and watch it on my big screen tv, plus the music is louder! I can afford the $12.99 a month for the app, plus they are offering stretch and other types of workouts now too. Now only if they could include us app users in their live rides it would be great! (Or at least know we are there).

    • Michelle says

      A little encouragement sometimes would be nice ????. I’ve been meaning to try the Beyond the Ride classes. Do you like them? I’ve been doing a similar thing with my big screen TV lately. I stream with Apple TV. I shut the lights and blare the music. I love it! I occasionally tweet to some of the instructors to thank them for the ride. I’ll check out your bike.

      • soledad salvador says

        For my cycling i usually the only app i use is the music player … ahahha…. I just some weekends take the long road to home for the beach , my agm x1 (a great rugged phone), some music and enjoy the afternoon 🙂 i didnt like the battery enough (is great, tho) but now there is a gold edition with 5000 battery 😀 ! i hope can get one soon 🙂

  137. Wendy says

    I have been contemplating the peloton for well over a year now and thought I could rig my own version. I found this info tonight and literally added each piece to my cart and hit order.

    Thanks for doing all the leg work on it and sharing!!! I can’t wait for my stuff to arrive and to download the app now!!!!!

    • Michelle says

      Thanks! Have fun. Just remember the metrics classes can be a bit tricky. And one more piece of advice, if you got the pedals, loosen the tension or else it’s really hard to clip out. Looking forward to hearing how you like it.

    • Michelle says

      I never use it to track miles. Just cadence and duration of the ride. I do see that my miles are blank too. Perhaps contact them?

  138. Maria says

    I have pretty much the same setup just using the Wahoo TickerX heart rate monitor (price tag $99) this one tracks heat rate, cadence, calories burnt with no need of any additional equipment. The app is pretty cool for stats and history. Only downside is that the Peloton app stops if I want to see real time output on the same device.

    The Sunny bike does not allow easy changes in the resistance. As you said it’s not easy to follow metric rides. Also Peloton uses 3 numbers: the cadence, the resistance and output, a combination of both. It is almost impossible to go up or down in little increments as the Peloton instructors ask you to do. I am only able to see my cadence so I really do not know how I am doing compared to others or compared to what I am being asked to do. The same for HIIT rides or anything that relies on being able to hit these numbers.

    I have also tried the CycleCast app, which is great as well. Their approach is a little different, it’s audio only. They have less instructors but also offer 20, 45 and 60 min sessions. The app cost $9.99 per month or $89 per year and they have a free trial.

    I like my setup and I am happy with “tricking the system’ however sometimes I still think it would be great to have a Peloton bike to be able to do the “real thing”. I would not mind to pay the 2k upfront (even though it would hurt) I also don’t midn to pay a $40 monthly subscription fee for life classes but what really annoys me is the way they force you to do it and how the bike becomes completely useless if you stop paying the monthly fee.

    • Michelle says

      I completely agree. I’ve never really worn a heart monitor but I should look into it. Do you find yourself taking a lot of live classes? I don’t which is another reason I can justify not springing for the real Peloton.

      • Maria says

        No haven’t done a single one so far and using the app for more than 3 months. one of the big benefits for me having my own spinning bike is that I do not have to rely on any trainers schedule – so not won’t plan my class around these live classes. The only benefit in live for me would be the competition but since I don’t own the bike no point in waiting for a class to start. 🙂

        • Michelle says

          Their classes are great. I’ll check out that app you mentioned too. I did the real bike only once and being on the leaderboard really humbled me.

  139. Richard says

    Thanks for this post! Can you create a peloton account from the iPad app? I would love to keep a history of rides and access from the peloton website. But I don’t see any login info in the app. Thanks!

    • Michelle says

      That’s a great question. I believe that if you complete a ride it says “you rode it!” next to it in the upper right hand corner with a check mark. So if I went into on-demand rides, it would list all available and indicate ones I’ve completed next to it. I also send all my info to the Wahoo app but that only tells me date and duration. Does that answer your question?

  140. Lisa says

    great article! I appreciate your advice on the bike. Whats’ the difference between the subscription vs app? Why would a Peloton bike owner pay $39/mo for the subscription when they could pay $12.99 for the app? I must be missing something…..

    • Michelle says

      Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure if you read my other post but I may have answered your questions there:

      In a nutshell, the iPad screen isn’t interactive like the Peloton screen. With the latter, Peloton can see your stats and how you are performing on the leaderboard. And you can also see where you stand competitively so that is quite motivating. But if you are taking a class on demand as I usually do, it’s irrelevant. Also, esp in the metrics classes, the instructors also may refer to your output level so I tend to take other classes.

      Hope this helps. If you have other questions, please reach out. But my other post should help you.

  141. mike kelly says

    Very Impressive solution!

    I bought a Peloton Bike and love it. But I am impressed with what you put together. It looks like a very similar bike and has many of the features for a much smaller price tag.

    Well Done!

        • Michelle says

          I don’t really measure my output. At the end of my workout, I upload my stats to MyFitnessPal to keep track of my ride and calories. I don’t get too crazy about the other numbers. I know when I get a good workout. I think there is a mathematical formula you can do. I recently joined a new Facebook group (a lot of my blog readers on there with similar setups) and I know there was a recent discussion on output. Go onto Peloton App Users Unite! I’m constantly updating this blog post with new information so please subscribe, follow me on social media, or check back. I’m also working on writing about some other fitness apps. Thanks for reaching out!

    • Michelle says

      No but will definitely look into it. We have an elliptical at home too. I do have to say the Peloton classes are fun and motivating.

  142. Beth says

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been searching for someone like you to help me put together what I knew was pissible! 🙂

        • Michelle says

          Yes. If you have Apple TV like I do, you can absolutely stream it to your TV. (The Peloton app is only available on the iPhone or iPad.) I just added a TV to my workout room, and now that’s what I do. In fact, I just recorded a YouTube video showing my whole setup. It should be up sometime this week.

          • Michelle says

            I don’t have a google chrome. But you can easily check. Can you “airplay” or mirror your apps from your iPhone or iPad? If so, yes. Also, the Peloton app is free for the first week. You can try to stream it and see if it works. Also, found this article: It may help. Seems to imply that you could. Please, let me know how it works out.

          • Ruth says

            I know I can stream YouTube and Pandora from my phone to the tv. I’m really interested in setting this up. I shattered my tibia and fibula in half last July. My last surgery is next week. I’m ready to get back in shape. I did cycle classes at the ymca years ago and loved it

          • Michelle says

            It’s a fantastic workout. It’s better than the spin classes I did at the gym. I wish I could try it out for you but I don’t have the Chrome. Download the app for free and see for yourself. This is what I read that made me think that you can. It’s from that website I posted earlier.

            Third step: mirror with Chromecast

            The third and final step towards mirroring to your Chromecast is to open the control center on your iPhone, tap your AirPlay app, select the name of your PC or laptop and switch the mirroring to “on”. After you have done this, you should see your iPhone’s screen on Chromecast. The only thing left for you to do is to switch to full screen on your computer device and enjoy watching your favorite series or films. It’s that simple, almost like setting up a ringtone on your iPhone.

          • Michelle says

            Otherwise, just get the iPad holder like I have. Cheap solution and watch from there. That’s how the Peloton really looks like, anyway.

          • Ruth says

            My bike came Tuesday. I did my first class today. Loved it still waiting on the iPad holder and cadence thing to come.

          • Michelle says

            I stream my iPad through Apple TV. I have the Fire Stick but can’t stream through that or my smart TVs. Although someone just commented (scroll down) that she bought an HDMI adapter and uses that to stream from her iPad that way. Also I previously mentioned the Chrome (also scroll through the comments). I don’t have it but if I remember correctly that may be used (but do some research on that)

          • Mary Jo says

            Can you use apple tv with an iPhone rather than an ipad to play on a tv? And if you are using your phone to stream to the tv with apple tv, can you use your phone at same time with the wahoo cadence sensor to get cadence?

            Also, someone said you could use Apple Lightning with your phone to play on the tv. Can the Wahoo cadence be used at same time?

            Trying to understand how to get this app from my phone to the smart tv and to see if I do this if the wahoo cadence can work too.

          • Michelle says

            Excellent question. I use both my iPhone and an iPad to stream. Unfortunately, when I turn on AirPlay for the Peloton app, I lose it once I switch to Wahoo and vice-versa. I haven’t used Apple Lightning but it looks like it would work. If you do wind up going this route, I’d love to hear more about it. My Apple TV is very old and does the job so if you did purchase one, you can definitely go for the older, less expensive model. I saw it in Target for 69 dollars. I’ll research this further.

          • Michelle says

            Mary Jo,

            I spoke to Apple today as I was very curious about the Lightning. What they told me is that yes, you can use it to mirror what is on your iPad or iPhone screen, similar to Apple TV. What you need:
            Lightning Digital AV Adapter
            Lightning connector
            All three appear on this link at the bottom where it says buy all three:
            Check compatibility of your iPhone and iPad.

            As for the Apple TV HDMI, I asked them that too. Apple responded that as long as Apple TV is up to date on software, any HDMI cable works.

            Thanks for bringing the Lightning to my attention. I may include it in my blog post.

            If you would like, please subscribe to my blog to receive updates and new posts. Also follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)

          • Steve says

            Michelle – you are doing a great service for many of us who love spin classes at home but cannot afford the Peloton bike and monthly service. I am currently putting together a list of items I need to set up my own cycling area at home based on your recommendations.

            I would like to stream to my TV but use the Chromecast vs. the Apple TV device. I was wondering if anyone on here has had success doing that? I read the article you referenced but until someone has really made the Peloton App for iPad or iPhone work with Chromecast to view on the big TV screen, I don’t want to buy the Chromecast device and then it not work. If it does not work then I will put the Apple TV device on my list of items to buy. So… has anyone gotten the Peloton App for iPad to work with a Google Chromecast for TV device to display the Peloton cycle class on their TV?

          • Michelle says

            Thanks, Steve. I’m hoping someone here other than me can answer your Chromecast question. I know a reader or two a while back asked about it so if you scroll through maybe you can direct your question to them.

            Another option (I have not used it myself but called Apple and asked about it) is buying the Apple Lightning Adapter. That, with an HDMI wire attached to any iPad can stream onto your TV. Here is the link:

            Again, I know some readers have gone this route so hopefully, you can get some more info from them.

            I’m trying out other spinning and fitness apps and will have additional posts on the bike. So stay tuned and follow me on social media and subscribe.

            Let me know if I can be of more help.

          • Steve says

            I will answer my own question about whether or not you can “cast” the Peloton iOS app for iPad or iPhone to a TV via a chromecast device. I contacted Peloton and asked them if the iOS app was compatible with Chromecast. The answer is that it is NOT. They did point out that it can be cast to a TV using the Apple TV device like you do.

            I have gotten my bike the Sunny SF-B1509 and it is great. I do not yet have my cadence counter from Wahoo. I put the bike together and have taken two short rides with videos from YouTube on my big screen internet connected TV, that is not too bad. I also have the iPad holder for the handlebars and guess my next step is to try out the Peloton classes with their free trial of the app for iPad.

            Are you getting close to writing anything about your experience with other spinning apps?

            Again thanks for writing this blog and sharing your experience.


          • Josh Grover says

            I have the Chromecast and the Peloton app, I will try to get it to work a bit later tonight and see if there is something I can do to get it to work. I also have the Fire TV stick and I know that there are ways to get the Chromecast app on there so if I can get it to work with the Chromecast then I will try to get it working for the Fire TV Stick as well.

            Hopefully the info I get together can help people decide on wither or not they need to buy another cable/connectors or not.

          • Josh Grover says

            Also I found this article after I purchased my bike, but I went with the Mercy Club Revolution Cycle

            This really appealed to me due to the weight that it could hold. When I first got int spin cycling i was around 315 lbs, and am down to 235 now. But I still wanted something that seemed like it would a be able to hold up to heavier weight. It certainly can hold me fairly well, and I tend to throw my entire body into the workouts which can move the bike while riding. Anyways thought I would share that for those readers of your blog that surpass the 250ish lbs weight limit. The Mercy bike holds up to 300 lbs.

        • Steve says

          Hello Josh,
          You said: “I have the Chromecast and the Peloton app, I will try to get it to work a bit later tonight and see if there is something I can do to get it to work.”

          Did you get it to work? I called Peloton and they told me their app for the iPad / iPhone is not Chromecast compatible. Based on that I bought an Apple TV device but can return it within 15 days (on about day 9 now). I’d rather have the Chromecast device but since my main use of either device will be Peloton classes, I need one that works.

          So any new info you have concerning the Chromecast would be appreciated.



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