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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 07:45 PM

Dad's Blunt Email Discouraging Daughter To Buy 'Ridiculous' Peloton Bike Goes Viral

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Father tries to talk his daughter down from buying a Peleton bike, hits a home run in the process.


According to the company’s website, a “basics package,” which includes the bike, a one-year warranty and a delivery/set up fee costs $2,245 — plus a subscription fee of $39 for per month if one wants access to the company’s classes.
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“I have heard of the Peloton, and have concluded that, like the use of cocaine, it’s another way of God saying people have too much money.

It is a ridiculous amount of money for such a basic concept as riding a stationary bike. You can ride a bike you own for as long as you want and cut the inevitable boredom factor by listening to podcasts or watching TV or clips of waves on sand.

The idea of looking at a screen while some cycling pro broadcasts encouragement is preposterous.

I would implore you not to waste precious after-tax income on this latest attempt to encourage social strivers to show that they live at a more rarified level than the proletariat.”



https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dads-blunt-email-discouraging-daughter-to-buy-ridiculous-peloton-bike-goes-viral_n_5cb0b16ae4b082aab085233b







The article also links to how Peleton is getting sued by a lot of labels to the tune of $150M for copyright infringement of over 1,000 works. Music is a big part of their class appeal, to immerse people in song and coaching. But don't worry, they'll pull those infringing classes from their system and your membership price will stay the same. That's so nice of them. It's 2019, they don't know you need to license music for distribution or commercial use?

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Reply Dad's Blunt Email Discouraging Daughter To Buy 'Ridiculous' Peloton Bike Goes Viral (Original post)
TheBlackAdder Apr 12 OP
ProudLib72 Apr 12 #1
jberryhill Apr 12 #2
ProudLib72 Apr 12 #4
jberryhill Apr 12 #6
A HERETIC I AM Apr 12 #3
TeamPooka Apr 12 #5
The Figment Apr 12 #7
ProudLib72 Apr 12 #8
customerserviceguy Apr 12 #9
TexasBushwhacker Apr 12 #10
Hassin Bin Sober Apr 12 #11
jberryhill Sunday #14
Marie Marie Apr 12 #12
muriel_volestrangler Saturday #13

Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 07:56 PM

1. Indoor roadies!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more ridiculous, someone takes on the challenge and proves you wrong.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:16 PM

2. Look into Zwift

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:28 PM

4. You roadies crack me up!

So what's your max wattage Jberry?


Actually, I know (at least I think I do) that you are more into touring than racing.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:40 PM

6. I don't have a power meter

Although I do have a heart monitor and a bottle of nitroglycerin tabs.


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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:22 PM

3. :::::Looks out the window:::: "Huh....look at that. A road"

::::Looks in garage::::: "Huh.....look at that. A bicycle. If only the two went together"

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:31 PM

5. go outside and ride a bike.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:43 PM

7. Phat Tires forever

I never understood Roadies, 8 grand on a bike,$1500 on lycra and then when I road a century almost as fast as they did on my '90 Myata Ridgerunner Mt bike they would cop a bad 'tude on me!
It was especially bad in Boulder Co. I would ride the Creek trail home from work and the comments like "look at this dirt bagger" or "Get a real bike" would really piss me off.
It's no wonder why some of us refer to roadies as Lycra Snobs.

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Response to The Figment (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:49 PM

8. I agree with you

I'm old and slow on my mountain bike, and I'm fine with that. I just wish they didn't have Strava for mountain bike trails.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 09:46 PM

9. Sweet Jaysus

is that what a bike that doesn't go anywhere costs?

Dad has a good point. Unless you live in a big city where bike riding in the street is borderline dangerous, this makes no sense at all. And "subscription fee"? That's just a monthly lien on your paycheck, most people have more than enough of those.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 09:51 PM

10. I hate treadmills and stationary bikes

I just walk. I have to move through space, even if it's around a track.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 10:03 PM

11. I spent $3500ish dollars on a stair machine 15 years ago and never regretted it.

Good quality equipment is not cheap.

I clean and oil it once a year and it’s never given me problems. These things run pretty much nonstop with hundreds of users in gyms. So I figure mine has a lot of use left in it.

I throw a Grateful Dead bootleg in my iPod and climb for 45 minutes.

I’ve used cheap stationary bikes and steppers in hotels and they suck. I was never a fan of running or riding in the city. Plus I can work out year round rain or shine.


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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #11)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 12:01 PM

14. Hey... take a ride with me...





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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 10:28 PM

12. Over 2 Grand, which for many, will become an expensive dust collector,

only to end up on ebay at a deep discount.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 08:19 AM

13. $39 a month to be Winston Smith in the opening of 1984?

'Thirty to forty group!' yapped a piercing female voice. 'Thirty to forty group! Take your places, please. Thirties to forties!'

Winston sprang to attention in front of the telescreen, upon which the image of a youngish woman, scrawny but muscular, dressed in tunic and gym-shoes, had already appeared.

'Arms bending and stretching!' she rapped out. 'Take your time by me. One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! Come on, comrades, put a bit of life into it! One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! ...'
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The instructress had called them to attention again. 'And now let's see which of us can touch our toes!' she said enthusiastically. 'Right over from the hips, please, comrades. One-two! One- two! ...'
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'Smith!' screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. '6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You're not trying. Lower, please! That's better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.'

A sudden hot sweat had broken out all over Winston's body. His face remained completely inscrutable. Never show dismay! Never show resentment! A single flicker of the eyes could give you away. He stood watching while the instructress raised her arms above her head and -- one could not say gracefully, but with remarkable neatness and efficiency -- bent over and tucked the first joint of her fingers under her toes.

'There, comrades! That's how I want to see you doing it. Watch me again. I'm thirty-nine and I've had four children. Now look.' She bent over again. 'You see my knees aren't bent. You can all do it if you want to,' she added as she straightened herself up. 'Anyone under forty-five is perfectly capable of touching his toes. We don't all have the privilege of fighting in the front line, but at least we can all keep fit. Remember our boys on the Malabar front! And the sailors in the Floating Fortresses! Just think what they have to put up with. Now try again. That's better, comrade, that's much better,' she added encouragingly as Winston, with a violent lunge, succeeded in touching his toes with knees unbent, for the first time in several years.

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