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PR – Personal Records can now be reset on Peloton!!

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Brand new on bikes and treads – the option to Reset your PR’s!  This is a HUGE deal.  People have been asking for it as long as I can remember.  First off, if you are new to the bike, Peloton, or exercise, you may be saying, what the heck is a PR?  It’s a personal record – it’s your best on any given effort.  We ALL strive for them, in some way.

History of Calibration and its effects on PRs.

A little history on the dreaded “c” word – calibration.  Since the beginning, Peloton has had a mechanical system of calibration. I can’t pretend to understand all of the specifics.  I really don’t need to  — the simple point is, anyone has been able to adjust the calibration on their bike on a whim.

While some people have done this when needed – there may have been a true change to the difficulty of their bike for some reason – others have made changes to their bikes to make them easier.  We all know someone who gets like 10k output on a 20-minute ride – the calibration just is broken.  No two ways about it.

This means that if you ride a bike while traveling, maybe to the Peloton studio or a friend’s bike, or even at your local store, your PR can easily be “messed up”.  For example, I rode my 400th ride in Chicago – it was an AWESOME experience.  But, the bike was WAY easier than my own and I completely blew away my usual 60 minute PR by over 100 without even trying.  Yet, the only way to “reset” my PR, was to delete that ride and I didn’t want to delete my 400th ride.  So… I’ve just always left it and I’ve never come close to beating it.  That was just the way it was… Until today!

What the new ability to reset your PR means for the future

Now, I can reset the value on my PR to be after the date of my 400th ride, and start all over.  This is really great for riders who have traveled and used other bikes, but it’s also great for people who have taken breaks from the bike or had an injury they are healing from -they can start from scratch and watch their PR’s build up again, rather than always comparing to the old value.  For me, that’s a game-changer, because knowing I could never beat that number was a bit of a de-motivator.

Another important thing, to me, is that this change signals the significance of the load cell sensor on the Bike+.  This changes the resistance from mechanical to digital and means that, in theory, all Bike+ will have the ability to auto-calibrate.  So, really, we should all have an even playing field.  AND – Peloton must be expecting some of those supercharged bike owners to be upgrading to Bike+ and …. well they are probably going to be needing the ability to reset that PR.  At least, that’s my take on it.  Whatever the outcome, I’m SO excited to get my Bike+ and try it out!

Thank you to Robert Gallup and Amber Marie for the discussion and alert in The Clip Out Group!

Watch this video for the super quick way to reset!

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7 Comments

  1. Jackie on September 14, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Yay!! I’m so happy about this. I’m not moving over to the Bike + since I’ve only had mine for about 18 months but I did ride my first 99 rides on a friend’s Gen 1 bike that was way way easier than the bike I got. It was sad knowing I could never PR again (except on 90 min rides 😂). I’m very happy with this breaking news!! Thank you!!

    • Crystal on September 15, 2020 at 11:39 pm

      Our pleasure!!

  2. Dana Miller on September 19, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Oh my gosh – thank you so much for this! I used a friend’s bike for three months before getting my own. I couldn’t touch my PRs on my bike — they were over double my numbers! It was pretty de-motivating for me. I started a new food plan two weeks ago and now have the motivation and excitement to climb on the bike that I had when used the other bike. Yay! Thank you again!

    • Crystal on September 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      SWEET! That’s awesome to hear!!

  3. Samantha on September 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    I was ecstatic hearing you discuss this on the podcast. Thank you for bringing awareness to this. Ever since having my bearings fixed which lead to a technician calibrating my bike, I feel like I’m riding a different bike. I’m working SO hard and don’t even come close to the PRs I set pre-calibration. Once the new bike comes I’m hitting reset and starting anew! Crystal – thank you. This bike and your podcast are helping me survive the pandemic, politics, and the world in general. 🙂

  4. Natalie on October 13, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Hmmm..the Reset option is missing on my bike. Any idea why? I seem to be running the latest version of the software. I have the original bike purchased in 2017.

    • Crystal on October 31, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      Hey Natalie, do you still have a gen 1 monitor? If you do, Peloton no longer rolls out updates to that monitor. Not sure if that’s it or not…

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