How I Fell in Love With Peloton

To my own surprise, I’m an evangelist for a stationary bike

Megan Murphy
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readDec 6, 2018

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Credit: Peloton

When I told my partner I was writing about my obsession with my Peloton bike, she texted this in reply:

“Serious journalist who covered the heights of business and politics now talks about her exercise routine. I can just see the tweets now.”

Look, I get it. There’s more important stuff going on in the world. It feels bizarre to me too that I’ve become an evangelist for a piece of home exercise equipment while democracy as we know it implodes.

Peloton, if you’ve never heard of it, is a stationary bike. Yes, an internet-connected, ultra-high-tech piece of hardware that streams live indoor cycling classes into your home. But still, just a stationary bike. Can it really change your life? According to me, yes, it can. It’s helped me to get through a pretty brutal year, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

I’m not one of those people who Instagrams their food or Yelps about restaurants. I think I’ve written one TripAdvisor post — about a truly horrific hotel stay — in my life. My natural state is to be decidedly underwhelmed by most things. Living in England for a long time does that to you. I’m also really cheap.

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Megan Murphy
Human Parts

Gone fishin'. Ex-editor Bloomberg Businessweek, Washington bureau chief at @business, ex-FT, hard time on the banking and legal beats. Arsenal, Cubs, cricket