9 Of The Most Useful Accessories For Spinners
Until a couple of years ago, I’d only ever heard the word ‘peloton’ being used whenever I was hopping through the TV channels and caught a bit of coverage of one of the big long-distance cycle races, like the Tour de France.
In those races, a peloton is the word used to describe a pack of riders moving along as a single group, with their front wheels a fraction of an inch behind the back wheels of the guys or gals in front.
Peloton with a capital P is something different altogether.
Peloton could possibly be described as a fitness craze, or maybe a social phenomenon, or even a lifestyle movement. Maybe even all three at the same time.
However you describe it, the essence of Peloton is that it is a stationary bike used for indoor cycling classes. You keep the bike in your home and the classes are live-streamed direct to the screen mounted above the handlebars. The classes are high octane and awesome.
I love them. Not at the time, obviously. At the time, when I’m in the middle of a class, my lungs are burning, the sweat is dripping, my muscles are in a whole world of pain…. Well, then I hate it with a passion. But, after the class, when I’m showered and changed and not having to ‘Stand Up!’ or ‘Pedal Harder!’ or ‘Increase The Resistance!’, then I love it!
So, have I convinced you to give it a try…?
Ok, even if I haven’t managed to convince you, there’s a few things that can make a huge difference to a Peloton rider. These are all inexpensive gifts that can ease the pain and increase the enjoyment of a class.
Shall we take a look?
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Make sure you’ve got gift wrapping essentials in stock for this!
If you’re anything like I am, then you’ll also spend lots of time in choosing that perfect gift. Then have to rush round in a panic at the last moment trying to find something appropriate to wrap it in.
This year, I’m trying to be more organised about gifts and gift wrapping, so I’ve decided to keep stock of the following in:
Now let’s move on and have a look at some great gift options for Peloton riders.
My Top Recommended Gifts For Bike Spinners
You might be sat there thinking, yeah, I can understand why Ben has put gym towels down on this list. Hard physical activity = Sweat… and that needs mopping up. But why has he put a multipack down…?
The fact is that your average Peloton class is hot, sweaty, and hard work. When I’m doing any kind of spinning class, I’ll have not one, but two towels with me! Why? Well, I’ve normally got one to mop my brow (which feels like a non-stop activity during a class). Then the second is draped permanently over the handlebars (to catch the sweat that the first towel doesn’t).
If you’re doing a workout every day, then you either have to spend an inordinate amount of time doing laundry….or you need lots of good quality towels like these.
It’s a gift choice that will definitely be appreciated!
Because it’s hot, sweaty work, you’ve got to make sure that you keep properly hydrated before, during, and after a class.
A bottle like this is ideal as:
(1) it’s big, so you can get plenty of liquid in it to see you through the workout,
(2) it’s insulated, so you don’t end up drinking lukewarm water towards the end of the session (bleurgh!),and (3) it’s got a self-sealing cap so you don’t end up throwing it everywhere as you pedal.
There are some things in life that I think you can never have too much of: money, time, freedom, and gym tank tops. It’s the same issue as with the towels – if you’re doing daily workouts, then you need plenty of tops. Unfortunately, new tank tops always feel like a bit of an indulgence to buy yourself, so folk tend to end up wearing old and tired tanks, long past their “Use By” date.
These are great tops. They come in a range of colours, are flowy where you need them to be, lightweight and stretchy. Super comfy and perfect for Peloton.
I’ve been doing a lot of research recently into headbands, looking for the best ways of keeping the sweat from running into your eyes when you’re cycling. When I saw this headband from Halo, I was totally blown away!
On the face of it, it seems like a standard headband that comes in a wide range of funky colors. The secret is in that yellow strip that you can see if you look closely on the inside edge. Whereas standard headbands soak up sweat fine to begin with. When they’re full of sweat it just drips down your face like before.
The Halo is different though because that yellow strip is actually a soft rubber line that catches the sweat as it drips down your forehead and then channels it back round your head and down behind your ears. No more stinging eyes!
For the sweat that you can’t catch with towels and headband, this multipack of 12 different colored pairs of wrist bands is just the job.
Even with daily workouts, they can wear a different colour nearly every day for two weeks!
Riding hard everyday on an unforgiving saddle can be quite sore on your delicate bits!
A bike seat cover like this will give an extra layer of padding between your Peloton rider and their saddle and can transform the experience from “Ouch!” to “Wow!”
Best of all this seat cover is easily removable and washable, so it’s easy to keep clean.
Peloton bikes come with Bluetooth connections, so these earbuds are great for listening to the pumping soundtrack during a workout…
…without upsetting the neighbours, waking the kids, or disturbing the dog.
They’re also waterproof. Because even ears get sweaty during a class.
If your Peloton rider prefers an over ear style of headphone, then you should take a look at these from Mpow.
Funky colour range, great battery life, and great value for money.
Peloton riders don’t spend ALL their time doing workouts. But when they’re not working out, they like to tell people about it. As you’ve probably already noticed!
Give them a useful conversation starter with this post-workout tank top.
Soft material and an athletic fit, this top comes in seven fab colors.
Final word on buying gifts for Peloton riders
It can often be a bit of a challenge to find good quality, desirable gifts for people, can’t it?
When you know what one of their leisure activities is, then you’ve got a bit of a starting point for your search. It’s even better when the gifts that are available for Peloton riders are such great value for money and can make a big difference to them in their workouts.