I recently bought an inexpensive spin bike off of Amazon. It has good customer ratings and comes out of the box with all of the features you could want from a spin bike that costs less than $300. I really like it A LOT!
The bike retails on Amazon for $259 but I was able to get an Amazon Warehouse Deal and only paid $220 so it was an extra good bargain!
When the bike came I downloaded the free trial of the Peloton app because their video classes are really well shot and the instructors are total pros.
But everyone in the videos are using awesome Peloton bikes that come with cadence and speed readers. The instructors often shout to go at a certain cadence or speed and I had no idea what my stats were since my inexpensive bike doesn’t come with sensors.
… And as a runner addicted to her Garmin Forerunner for stats I really wanted to know what my numbers were!
I started looking online to see if I could find a way to upgrade my new spin bike. Buying a Peloton would be cool but they’re like $2,000 and that’s a lot of money to spend on a bike when I am not super passionate about spinning/biking.
I found this article from a dude who had bought a similar spin bike to mine and with a few inexpensive modifications he was able to upgrade it into a DIY Peloton.
He recommends buying this bluetooth cadence sensor but I decided to buy the package that includes both the cadence and speed sensor. They’re just two little sensors you stick on to your bike pedal and flywheel that give you feedback as you spin.
I also bought an iPhone bike mount so I can view the data and the Peloton videos while I’m riding via my phone. He bought an iPad mount but I don’t have an iPad and don’t want to buy one just for the bike so I’m just going to use my iPhone 7Plus for now.
Of course I’ll be able to track my heart rate using my Garmin Forerunner 235 so there was no need for me to buy a heart rate sensor. If you don’t have a heart rate monitor you can buy one on Amazon inexpensively.
From what I’ve read you can connect the Wahoo app to Strava which also integrates with Garmin so you can pull all of your data together for each ride in one record inside Strava.
For about $85 I was able to upgrade my $220 spin bike into a DIY Peloton.
It’s not exactly the same but it gets the job done for a fraction of the price! I mean it doesn’t allow me to connect with other classmates or anything but as a fairly non-social person that doesn’t bother me (and isn’t worth another $1500+ for me).
Maybe someday I’ll buy a Peloton, there is no doubt they are awesome bikes, but I am happy with what I have for now! The only other thing I might add is a water bottle holder :).
As soon as all the additions come I’ll post an updated pic!
Any questions about upgrading just drop me a comment below!