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Last Updated: July 10th, 2013

Android has been in phones, tablets, refrigerators, cameras, and now it's going where it's never gone before – an exercise bike. There's something a little funny about taking a mobile OS and embedding it in a device that doesn't go anywhere, but still requires peddling. The Peloton Bike is only a day into its Kickstarter, but it's raised tens of thousands toward the $250,000 goal.

The bike portion itself is (we are assured by Peloton) a very high quality unit with a smooth belt drive and sturdy carbon steel/aluminum frame. Check out the specs for the bike portion:

  • Frame: Carbon steel and aluminum monocoque construction
  • Resistance: Neodymium rare earth magnet resistance system
  • Drive: Poly V® power transmission belt drive
  • Pedals: LOOK Delta compatible thermoplastic pedals
  • Seat: Sport series saddle with depressed ergonomic center channel
  • Crank arms: 170mm carbon steel
  • Bottom bracket: Precision steel 13/68mm

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The device's 21.5-inch touchscreen is an all-in-one Android device running version 4.1. The screen will be used to stream cycling classes and track your stats. There's even a front-facing camera to take pictures of yourself when you're all sweaty and gross from working out, because that's a good idea, right? Here are the tech specs for your perusal:

  • 21.5" Full HD 1080p Screen
  • PCAP Multitouch
  • 1.5Ghz TI OMAP 4470 Dual-core Processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB Internal Flash Storage
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • ANT+™ Wireless
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 100Mbps Ethernet
  • 2 x 3 Watt Stereo Speakers
  • 3.5mm TRRS Headphone and Microphone Connector
  • 1.3 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
  • Android 4.1
  • Peloton Cycle Data Connector

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The Kickstarter runs through July 24th, so this thing is definitely getting funded. You can get in on the early bird deal and pick one up for $1,500, or wait and pay $1,700. Peloton expects the bike to be ready in November – just in time for the holidays. What a gift this would make! Nothing says "I'm still attracted to you" like an exercise bike.

[Kickstarter, Peloton]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Keyan X

    Angry birds while I bike? Legit

    • http://mercurypdx.tumblr.com/ MercuryPDX

      "The screen will be used to stream cycling classes and track your stats."

      Nope. It's just an at home spin class.

  • Merri Mogridge

    Just curious if anyone on AP would buy this? I really couldn't justify spending that much money on it.

    • RyanWhitwam

      We'll try to get a review unit ;)

      • Merri Mogridge

        Haha great idea! :)

    • jaduncan

      If I had a gym, or was still training people for rowing? Yeah, it's only an extension of the dashboards people already like.

      For personal use, well, it's quite a lot more expensive than a stand to put my existing tablet on.

    • http://mercurypdx.tumblr.com/ MercuryPDX

      The issue I have is that it relies on Peleton for all its content. If something happens to them, you have an exercise bike with a practically useless touch-screen attached.

      If it did more than just provide spin classes (e.g. Watch my own video, play my own music, read books, etc.) I would consider it.

      • Freak4Dell

        It runs full Android, so shouldn't it be able to do all those things? I mean, sure, it's cheaper to just use your own tablet, but I don't think you're totally screwed if the company goes under.

        • http://mercurypdx.tumblr.com/ MercuryPDX

          In theory it should, but the Kickstarter page and video don't mention the ability to run anything besides the pre-installed Bike App.

  • ProductFRED

    This + Temple Run.

  • billymansell

    That's a shame, I thought it mght be a challenger to Tacx RLV indoor trainers but it's a spin cycle instead.

  • A

    I think I'd rather have a regular exercise bike, a tablet with Netlfix, and $500 in my back pocket.

    • Matti

      I'd rather just spend more money on a proper bike from Specialized, Pinarello, etc.

  • Michael

    Custom Skin :S haha

  • mechapathy

    But I already have a bike that goes places. Outside. And I can mount my phone to it to keep track of the places I've gone. Outside.

  • Meredith

    This bike is awesome! And the price is right given the fact that a single spin class is $32! With this bike you can do all the spin classes you want for just $40 per month! I will save so much!

  • Jordan Long

    anyone recognize the song at 3:20?

  • Fredric Glick

    I bought 1 today!! Cant wait to start using it!!!