What is Unlocked?
Most connected fitness bikes boot up into the user interface they provide, meaning you are locked into using what they provide and only that. This is not always a bad thing because it makes it easy to use, streamlined, and usually full a fun and exciting features they have built in to the experience. But... what if you decide one day that you want to do something different. Maybe, watch a YouTube video, put something on from Netflix, or load a new app that would make exercise new and enjoyable. Unless they make those application available, you can't. But with an unlocked bike, you can. This is one of the areas that separates the Stryde bike.
Stryde Bike Discount
I was going to put this at the end of the article, but I don't want you to miss out on saving yourself some money if you decide to get the bike. Stryde provided my viewers with a special code to save 50 dollars. All you have to do is the use the link here and then enter code "LEARNWITHTRAVIS50".
What About the Hardware?
I generally break these bikes into four categories. Entry level, step up, mid-range, and top of the line. From a price stand-point, the Stryde is mid-range, but from a performance side... it competes with the top of the line bikes. It is very solid under you, is very close in resistance quality and capabilities, offers clip-in and caged pedals, is adjustable, and has a well positioned quality monitor in front of you. This bike has never made me feel I settled for a lower quality bike. In monitoring my YouTube video comments and the forums, most people that decide to get the Stryde are very happy with features and quality of the bike.
What It Does Not Have
It is becoming all most standard to have a swivel monitor. This allows you to turn your monitor sideways to do off the bike workouts such as cardio, stretching, yoga, strength training, and more. This is nice because you have more ways to use your bike but also get more value out of your investment. Stryde does not do this. The good news is companies have created high quality products that allow you to add swivel functionality if you want it. I reviewed the Stryde Pivot by Top Form Design here if you would like to check it out. If you want to go straight to the product you can click here. It has worked great for me and allows me to add a lot of functionality and value to the bike.
This is where Stryde is very unique. Normally I break down the UI of a bike and how it is a little different from other options here. But the truth is, they are all almost the same. The have home page to show you popular content, a content page where you can filter to find your perfect ride, page for history and performance, and various other tabs to show the features they have. Stryde is no exception here in that they have a UI that offers things like this and makes navigating and using the product easy. But where other products end here, Stryde is just getting started. Yes, this is where that unlocked screen come into play. Want to load the web browser and watch some YouTube, go for it! Want to install the Netflix, Disney Plus, Peloton Digital, iFIT, or Amazon Video app and use it a million different ways... the world is your oyster. This is what makes me love the Stryde bike. They offer the UI and content other bikes do, but they let you mix it up my throwing in other means of use. This can keep the enjoyment high and keep things interesting which helps you to avoid burn out that you may run into with other options as you get tired of the content they make available.
Stryde offers a large library of content through their user interface. From a distant view, the content for these exercise bikes may all seem the same, but they really are not. MYX Fitness has more of a SPA\Zen feel, where Echelon can be a bit clubish, Soulcycle is more party on the bike, and Peloton which is more studio structured based on the motivation of a quality instructor. I would characterize Stryde in more of the Peloton style. While I would not say the quality is at Peloton level, it is still very good and considering everything else you get, I am more than happy with the Stryde content. Another thing I like is that they provide content from different studios. This can help avoid the burnout of feeling all rides have that same base flavor. With Stryde, you get a little more variety and this can help keep enjoyment and interest high.
If you want more control and the ability to just watch a show when you workout, load a different workout platform, and simply not have a monthly membership fee when you are not using it as much... this is the bike for you. If you decide this is the bike for you, don't forget to use the coupon code and link to save 50 dollars. Code "LearnWithTravis50".