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Good afternoon Everyone,
My name is Christine and I just purchased my Bike+ this past Wednesday which wont be delivered until 03.30. I'm glad to have found this forum- I was able read up on some great tips for must-have accessories and other different things. I've read that it's better to use padded short/leggings versus changing the seat. Can anyone recommend a good quality brand for padded shorts? Also I know hydration is important during rides, what do you guys recommend for water bottles that would fit the bottle holders- whether insulated or not? Lastly how was the delivery experience? I purchased the biked w/ the expectation of having to wait, but the day of the delivery, how was your experience? Thank you in advance for any input!
 

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Yes. Invest in a high quality pair (or two or three) padded bike shorts. Also, best to not wear any type of undergarment when using them. Your backside will be sore for a week or two (unless you're already an avid cyclist), but it will go away with time. Water bottles don't really matter as long as they fit the holders. If you do intense rides, definitely need two bottles. In terms of other accessories I've found invaluable for my Bike+ is 1) an phone mount that you put on the handlebars, 2) a short USB-C cable (to charge my phone from the monitor), 3) absorbent towels and headbands (you will sweat a lot), 4) a strong fan (I use a tower fan), 5) a durable mat to place your bike on, 6) a good surge protector, and 7) good bike shoes - the Peloton ones are fine if you purchased them.

I was lucky (compared to other stories I've heard) that I received my Bike+ after 2 months of ordering it. My delivery went very smoothly. A 2 man crew came on my scheduled delivery date (and on time) in a Peloton branded large van. The 2 guys were courteous and efficient and wore face masks. The Bike+ came fully assembled and was just covered in plastic (I saw other multiple bikes in the back of the van the same way). The crew brought my Bike down one flight of stairs (it's heavy), setup everything including mats and accessories, and powered the bike up, helping with initial calibration and setup. One guy was sorta the helper and pretty quiet, and the other guy was the lead, who was very personable and pretty enthusiastic about the bike. He was happy to answer all my questions about the bike. The only minor hiccup is that I was missing one accessory (yoga blocks), but they instructed me to call customer service; which I did, and was rush shipped the item in about 2 days. I was very happy with the overall experience and the crew's effort, so I tipped them accordingly.

I think you will love your Bike+. I was a bit of a skeptic, but now I'm hooked and use the programs just about every day. The great things I find about the Bike+ is the rotating screen and the auto-follow feature.

Enjoy!
 

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I agree with everything "Shoot the Goalie" (as a keeper, I'm a bit hurt tho ;) has said. Padded shorts are critical - you will want a few pair. They aren't cheap but the investment is worth it. Don't change the seat!! Get at least two water bottles - I love the Camelbak Podium ones which you can get on Amazon for around $10/each. You will also want some gym towels (don't make the mistake I do and think you can use hand towels - they are too thick) and a fan, ideally one with a remote that you can use while clipped into the bike. I don't have a Bike+ but I hear the speakers are much better than the originals. You still may want a solid pair of bluetooth headphones depending upon how many folks you live with.
 
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