How to Use a Peloton Bike or Tread Without a Subscription?

Peloton bikes are a leader in indoor exercise, they’re convenient and immersive as it allows you to get a full workout led by a PT from the comfort of your own home as they stream their workouts from their very own studio in New York.

The bike starts at $1,459 and the plus model can be bought for $2,295 which does offer a better service for the price difference you’ll be paying.


Dimensions: L59” X H53” x W 23”
Weight: 135lb

User Requirements:

Height Range: 4’11” – 6’4”
Max Weight: 297lbs
Minimum Age: 14


Screen: 21.5” 1080p HD 10-point multi-touch
Camera: Front Facing 5 Megapixel
Sound: 2-Channel rear-facing stereo speaker system with 16 watts of total power

USB microport
3.5 mm headphone jack
Bluetooth® 4.0 connectivity
Built in microphone

Connection: WI-FI 802.1 1 a/b/g/n/ac
ANT+ wireless
100Mbps ethernet

Power Requirements:

10 V to 240 V
50Hz to 60 Hz
1.2 A Max

Peloton Tread

The Peloton tread, like the bike, offers a great range of workouts that are totally immersive and convenient allowing you to get fit from the comfort of your own home.

They offer more than just a running machine with workouts for upper and lower body with thousands of live classes to stream right to your own home.

The tread is on sale for $2,495 and will be assembled upon delivery and fits comfortably in your home.


Dimensions: H 62” X L68” X W33”
Weight: 290lb

User Requirements:

Height: 4’11” to 6’4”
Weight: 105lb to 300lb
Minimum Age: 16+


Screen: 23.8” HD Touchscreen
Camera: 8 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
Sound: Front Facing Speakers

2.2 Channel with rear-facing woofers
3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5.0 Connectivity
Built in 4 digital array microphones

Connection: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac – 2.4GHz & 5GHz
ANT+™ wireless
100 Mbps (USB-C to Ethernet adapter only, not included)

Peloton Subscription

One membership is all that’s needed per household, this will give access to a variety of classes and personalized workouts. Each user is able to create a profile, so people’s data isn’t getting mixed up and everyone is able to keep track of their own progress.

There’s a plethora of different classes and workouts so that it always keeps you interested. However, the subscription does cost $39 per month.

The subscription is a big selling point and one of the main reasons for buying either the bike or tread, or maybe both. Having the subscription allows you to better record yourself and can give you access to that data so that you can track your progress and see how you’re doing.

Not only are there live classes and workouts there are also on demand ones for those who can’t fit the live classes into their schedule.

Using The Bike Or Tread Without A Subscription

Despite the bike and tread being most optimal when having a subscription, this doesn’t mean they’re unusable without one. When using the bike or tread without the subscription you are limited to three classes called ‘Just Ride’ or ‘Just Run’.

This option is easily accessible from the touchscreen that comes with and is attached to your choice of peloton equipment. To access these classes all you’ll need is an internet connection, headphones, and your heart rate monitor.

First things first, after you’ve chosen your preferred place to put your equipment, near a power supply and preferably within good reach of your internet access it’s time to power on the bike or tread.

Once you have powered on the equipment and got an internet connection sorted (Online guides are super easy to access) you’ll then be able to access all the features on the touchscreen.

Secondly, you’ll now need to select the class you want to start, there are 3 on demand classes and one live one you’ll be presented with.

Plenty of people have said that if you’re not looking to spend extra than you already would have on the bike or tread and are still only just getting started then the free workouts are plenty to get going and get some daily exercise in. Once you’ve figured this out, that’s all you’ll need to get going and enjoy.

It really is that simple to just get going!

Using The Equipment Optimally

The main selling point of the bike and tread are definitely the classes it provides that pairs amazingly with their equipment.

This is very obvious from just seeing the ads they release explaining this, as if you weren’t really drawn to the classes and just wanted a high-end piece of workout equipment there are probably competitors that can provide that at a competitive price, so let’s talk about the subscriptions.

30 Days Free Trial (App)

If you are looking to get full access to the peloton features but aren’t quite sure you want to start paying the best part of $40 this is a great place to start, it basically what you get through your peloton bike or tread.

This gives full access to all of the classes both live and on demand, as if you’ve paid for the full month.

You can access the classes from any phone, tablet or computer and you’re free to workout from your own home on your peloton equipment or if you’re at your gym.

This only allows you to access the full app features, to get the entire range of peloton features you’ll need to sign up to the All-Access Membership.

One nice feature that is nice to see is a reminder 7 days before the trial is up to make sure you cancel if you don’t have any intention of staying signed up. Once the trial ends it will cost $12.99 a month after, just a fraction of the All-Access membership. 

Peloton Subscription

For those who are looking to get the most out of their peloton equipment then the subscription is the best way to do so as it gives you access to the performance data so you can track your results.

You’re able to access all the on-demand classes, so this gives you plenty of workouts that you’re able to do on the go or at home, you can see the overall leaderboards giving that extra motivation so you can see family and friends and try to beat them and the profile can be used by more than just one person by adding profiles to it.

Weighing up the price of the subscription is a factor that should definitely be considered when thinking about buying it.

First of all, you would have purchased the bike or tread and they both have a hefty starting price, and they offer a monthly payment plan, so this would be another monthly cost coming out of your bank.

The next thing to consider is why you’ve bought the bike, was it for convenience, just to get fit or so you could get high quality workouts from home?

For convenience and good quality workouts from home the subscription could absolutely be worth it as its features really benefit these reasons, you get live classes led by one of their instructors and on demand classes if you happen to miss the live ones.

The motivation increases, as taking the live classes would mean you don’t want to miss them and paying the $39 a month is going to make you want to work out as that would be a waste if it wasn’t being used (you can also split the membership with people who are using the same equipment, if need be, to save costs.)  to summarize the subscription is good for those who:

  • Beginners getting into fitness
  • If you’re going to consistently use the classes
  • Are able to split the membership with others who find the leaderboards motivating If the social interaction keeps you on board and motivated

If time and convenience isn’t an issue, then the membership could be a bit of a waste and you could either just sign up to the app for less than half the cost or just use the just ride or run features that come with both the bike and the tread.

If you’re already good at keeping yourself active, only work out when it suits you and don’t particularly need motivation to work out then the subscription won’t be super necessary for you. To summarize the membership may not be worth it for you, if:

  • You’re already well into fitness
  • You can motivate yourself easily to workout
  • Workout when it suits you
  • Competition doesn’t motivate you
  • Pricing issues i.e., too expensive

How To Use the Bike Without the Subscription

After purchasing the bike I’m sure you’ll be thinking about the cost so you may want to try and use the bike without one to find out whether you’ll need to spend the extra cost.

  1. Get set up, make sure it powers on correctly, connects to the internet and make sure the seat is adjusted correctly.
  2. You’re going to find the ‘Just Ride’ option on the built-in touch screen.
  3. Once you’ve found this, then you’ll have 4 options to choose from, one live one and three on demand classes.
  4. Select one of the options (live only if you’re there on time) and then you’re set, the classes should begin.

Tip: If you’ve signed up to a free trial for the subscription or the app a good idea would be to record or take note of any workouts or exercises that you’ve done so that you can use them past your trial.

How To Use The Tread Without The Subscription

Same with the bike, the tread comes at a heavy initial cost, in fact even more than the bike, however it does offer a wider range of workouts than the bike. So, with the tread you’ll be looking even harder to find out whether it’s worth buying the subscription.

  1. Get set up, make sure the power is connected correctly and make sure you’re connected to the internet.
  2. Find the ‘Just Run’ option on the built-in touch screen.
  3. Select the ‘Just Run’ option, this will then give you basic treadmill options and settings to access to get running. 

Tip: If you’ve signed up to a free trial for the subscription or the app a good idea would be to record or take note of any workouts or exercises that you’ve done so that you can use them past your trial.

Facts and Questions

What Is The All-Access Membership And Do I Need It?

It gives you access to all of the live and on demand classes for everyone using the equipment. You don’t need this to use the equipment but to access all of the good classes it is needed.

Can Other People Use My All-Access Membership?

Yes, you’re able to share this with anyone else who is also using the peloton equipment by creating their own personal profiles.

Do I Need Cycling Shoes For The Peloton Bike?

As standard it does come with Delta-compatible clip-in pedals, but if you want a different option, you are able to arrange this.

Can I Use The Peloton App With My Bike Or Tread?

Yes, you can also use the app even when you don’t have access to the Peloton bike or tread.

Final Thoughts

Having explored the Peloton bike and tread it’s very clear that it is one of the best home workout pieces of equipment, as not only does it come with some very advanced technological features but the actual workout equipment itself is top of the range.

It’s compact and will fit into a home and has excellent customer service as when it’s being delivered a Peloton engineer will assemble it for you.

When reading reviews on the Peloton website they do recommend using a subscription but that could obviously be a bias and many reviews on external websites say, especially for beginners that the just ride and just run features are fine to use, particularly after spending so much initially.

Also, with free trials on both the app and the All-Access membership there’s plenty of chance to have a look at the classes they run and just write them down or find a way to record it and after a month you’ll have cataloged enough to keep using along with the free ones they provide.

Another additional note is once you’ve purchased this equipment, you’ll be able to go online and find workouts from other providers, especially on the tread which just operates like a normal treadmill when you select the just run feature.

Andrew Daniels