Stationary bikes are among the best and most popular holiday gifts of 2020. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, sales of models from Peloton, Echelon, Nordic Track, Schwinn, Bowflex, Technogym and many more have been through the roof. Gyms, health clubs and fitness chains remain closed in many places, and in some spots they are closing yet again in the current wave of infection. The work from home (WFH) and stay at home lifestyle has made many people more aware of the advantages and conveniences of fitness gear in their home, with no commute, no strangers and an easy way to squeeze in a workout at lunch, before or after work, without going anywhere.
If you think it is too early to be holiday shopping for a bike, you are wrong, and delay may leave you empty handed. Industry leader Peloton is currently running 10 weeks on delivery for its hot new Peloton Bike+ model, though you can still get the original Peloton Bike faster or wrap a gift certificate for the new model and expect delivery around late January. In any case, there are plenty of great options at many different price points. There are basically two styles of stationary bikes, those that have followed the popular model invented by Peloton and offer a subscription to “live” and recorded classes, like being in an indoor cycling studio but at home, along with lots of other kinds of instructor led class workouts, and bikes aimed more at do it yourself rides, for those who prefer to just pedal to TV shows or read or do their own heartrate zone based workouts. I’ve rounded up the best examples of each kind for your holiday gift shopping.
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Peloton Bike & Bike+: Peloton revolutionized home fitness with its virtual cycling class participation model, which has since been expanded to over 10,000 classes (and growing daily) in nearly a dozen indoor and outdoor fitness disciplines including Bike Bootcamp (mixing cycling and strength training), yoga, strength training, indoor and outdoor running, and many more. While other manufacturers have replicated the hardware, and there are even more advanced bikes out there, Peloton is still far in the lead when it comes to the quality, variety and sheer quantity of class offerings. I’ve had a Peloton bike for years and love it – the instructors are great, the little bells and whistles like being able to search by playlists or even specific musicians is great, and innovations just keep coming. If having an endless choice