The idea for Peloton came to John and Jill Foley when they realized that they loved spinning classes, but could never find the same energy and motivation when working out at home.
John, then a President at Barnes & Noble, was simultaneously taking note of trends in the tablet market. The content available to a tablet is more valuable than the tablet itself, and he realized that indoor cyclists want good content as well–the invigorating experience of working out in a studio. He set out to find a way to utilize technology to transform the home workout, quickly assembling a team to help realize the ambitious goal.
The team spent about 18 months developing and prototyping the system. The result is a combination of stationary bike, computer system, physical studio space with great cycling instructors, and software to connect it all as well as integrate key gamification and social elements. The team launched a Kickstarter campaign in mid-2013, to large success, and raised another $10.5 million in 2014.
The design of the bike itself is pretty impressive all on its own. The chain is replaced with a smooth and quiet belt drive. A magnetic system is employed in place of typical brake pads. The compact frame is constructed with carbon steel, and the micro-adjusting seat easily accommodates any rider.
As for the computer, the sweat-resistant screen is 4x the size of a typical tablet–plenty large enough to watch the instructor while video chatting with other cyclists. The system is sleek and quiet, and made to fit right in to any living room –no more hiding in the basement!
Here are some photos documenting the design and prototyping process that went into making Peloton Cycle:
The term “peloton” refers to the main pack of riders at the front of a road cycling race. Riders in a peloton work together to conserve energy and perform better. At Peloton Cycle, based in New York, the team is comprised of technology and cycling enthusiasts working together to deliver on their ambitious goals.