With with a price tag over $2,000, the Peloton bike is not exactly accessible. Luckily, you don’t need one to stream Peloton’s classes — a Peloton app subscription costs $12.99 a month. And while the Peloton itself is an excellent piece of equipment, fitness buffs tell us that an equally good alternative exists: the Schwinn IC4. As Strategist contributor Cheryl Wischhover writes:
Like Peloton, the IC4 uses magnetic resistance, which results in an incredibly smooth and quiet ride. The bike is ten inches shorter in length than the Peloton, making for a more compact footprint. The seat and handlebars have four-way adjustment, moving up and down and forward and back. I’m five-foot-five, and my teen son is five-11, and we both feel comfortable on it.
Combine the IC4 with your own phone, iPad, or smart-TV hookup and you’ve got a hacked-together Peloton setup for less than half the price. And actually, because of Prime Day, the dupe is even less expensive than usual. The IC4, normally $999, is 20 percent off, the lowest price we’ve seen it since before prices spiked due to pandemic-related shortages. If record-setting temperatures are making you rethink your summer outdoor-workout plan, here’s your chance to build out your home setup.
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