Peloton indoor bike prepares to enter the White House - but will it be barred?
There has been speculation over whether President Joe Biden will be allowed to take his Peloton into the White House due to potential security risks
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Peloton has made headlines for many reasons since coming into the cycling community's consciousness (opens in new tab), but the provider of indoor bikes and associated training platforms has hit the big time with a discussion around whether President Joe Biden will be permitted to take his machine into the White House.
Users of the exercise bike can join live spinning classes, connecting to other uses and the coach via the microphone and camera on an accompanying device. Biden having confirmed he is an avid user, the questions now are around the potential for security risks as a result.
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Biden confirmed that he's a member of the Peloton peloton in his podcast "Here's the Deal", stating: "I try to get out of bed by eight o’clock in the morning and I have a gym in my house upstairs. I have a treadmill and a Peloton bike and some weights. And I try to work out every morning for me. That sort of gets me going."
Users can watch and follow Peloton indoor cycling classes from a library of pre-recorded sessions, but they can also tune in live.
The potential security risk posed by the latter was raised by Popular Mechanics (opens in new tab). Speaking about the potential issues, Max Kilger, Ph.D., director of the Data Analytics Program and associate professor in practice at the University of Texas at San Antonio told Popular Mechanics: "Because you're connected to the internet, even though there are firewalls and intrusion detection software ... those things can be gotten around if you’re really good and skilled."
Kilger added that it is likely measures could be taken to mitigate this risk, adding: "If you really want that Peloton to be secure, you yank out the camera, you yank out the microphone, and you yank out the networking equipment ... and you basically have a boring bike."
Peloton is no doubt getting excited about being a part of the furniture in the White House, with the brand tweeting an image of Nicholas Cage, with the caption: "I’m gonna get a Peloton bike in the White House,” in place of the iconic line “I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.”
Cycling Weekly tested the Peloton bike (opens in new tab) in January 2020.
We were a bit disappointed that it didn't have an inbuilt strain gauge, instead making power estimates based on resistance levels and cadence, but we did quite enjoy some of the workouts.
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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