Exercise is an important part of taking care of your health and wellbeing. Whether you’d like to shed a few pounds or simply want to maintain your fitness, it helps to incorporate an effective workout regimen. Biking is one of the best ways to get your daily dose of exercise: it’s fun and does not necessarily require you to leave your home if you have the right equipment. 

If you’re considering buying a Peloton bike, you might have to pay an arm and a leg for it – this bike is pretty expensive. If you would like to enjoy the benefits of biking without parting with a big cheque, we found a nice list here of the best Peloton alternatives in the market right now. 

Here is what you need to create DIY Peloton biking experience

1. Spin bike
Although getting a Peloton bike will cost you a pretty penny, there are several other bikes that are available at a fraction of what the Peloton bike costs. You can buy a much cheaper spin bike, make a few modifications and still have a wonderful biking experience. All you have to do is to check which price is right for you and get a bike that will serve the same purpose. Granted, the experience might not be exactly the same, but you will have accomplished the same goal. 

2. Handlebars
If you would like more than one person to use your bike, like family members or friends, make sure you get adjustable handlebars which will allow different users to adjust them to their liking. It will also allow you to adjust your hand placements to where you feel most comfortable. This will make the whole experience pleasant for all who use your bike. 

3. Comfortable seat 
You want to be as comfortable as possible while you exercise and getting a seat that makes you uncomfortable will make the experience unpleasant. Make sure you get a seat that does not disappoint. Adding a comfortable gel seat cover may help if you have an uncomfortable seat. 

4. Pedals and shoes
Getting comfortable pedals and the best shoes will also make the work out sessions more engaging. You can decide to use the pedals that come with the bike or you can purchase new one, especially the ones that come with cleats that can attach to your spin shoes. Wearing proper spin shoes that clip into the pedals maximizes the efficiency of your workout. 

5. Mat
Although getting a mat is optional, it is important if you will be placing the bike on a hardwood floor. There is no need for a mat if your bike will be on a concrete floor.

6. Fitness App
The Peloton app is available for purchase even if you don’t buy the bike. It is affordable and can serve you well when using another bike. It will connect you to instructors and a community of other fitness enthusiasts and will offer you different workouts every day. It will also give you useful information including calories burnt and other helpful statistics. If you would prefer another app, just choose the one that best suits your needs. 

7. Screen
You will also need a tablet, a phone or a TV screen that can download the app so that you can display the work out sessions as you exercise. You will also need a stand that you will use to mount your screen during the work out. 

8. Cadence sensor
This device mounts to your bike from the wheel’s hub, on the bike’s crank arms or on your shoe and transmits data to your smart device through Bluetooth. It measures how fast you are peddling per minute and is a great addition if you are using the Peloton app. 

9. Heart rate monitor
If you need to keep track of the calories burnt and your heart rate during workout, you can get a fitness watch or use your Apple Watch. 

10. Assembly
After you have purchased all that you need for your DIY Peloton bike, you will need to do the assembly. It should be easy enough to do it yourself with the help of instruction manuals but you can also request for assistance if this part is hard for you. It is not too complicated as long as you have all the tools you need. 

Buying a new Peloton bike might be an expire venture, but there these DIY alternatives are available for way less. Do not let the price tag of a Peloton bike stop you from working out.