Dad Tells Daughter Not to Buy 'Preposterous' Peloton Bike in Viral Email — and Wins the Internet

In his email, Clare O'Connor's dad compared buying a Peloton bike to the likes of purchasing "cocaine"

Clare O'Connor
Photo: Clare O'Connor;

One Brooklyn resident’s dad has some strong opinions about the latest at-home fitness trend.

Clare O’Connor — who has taken classes at Peloton’s New York City studio and has friends who love the company’s stationary bikes — was contemplating buying one of the exercise machines and decided to tell her mom about the idea, Buzzfeed News reported.

While her mom was onboard, her dad had a quite different opinion about her impending purchase (Peloton’s basic bike package starts at $2,245). Shortly after O’Connor told her mom about wanting to buy the bike earlier this month, she received a strongly worded email from her dad, pleading with her to not “waste” her money.

“I have heard of the Peloton, and have concluded that, like the use of cocaine, it’s another way of God saying people have too much money,” her dad’s email began.

“It is a ridiculous amount of money for such a basic concept as riding a stationary bike. You can ride a bike you own for as long as you want and cut the inevitable boredom factor by listening to podcasts or watching TV or clips of waves on sand.”

Clare O'Connor
Clare O'Connor

And her dad wasn’t finished roasting his daughter and Peloton users, just yet.

“The idea of looking at a screen while some cycling pro broadcasts encouragement is preposterous,” he added. “I would implore you not to waste precious after-tax income on this latest attempt to encourage social strivers to show that they live at a more rarified level than the proletariat.”

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O’Connor shared the hilarious email on her Twitter, where it quickly went viral.

“I told my mother I was considering buying a Peloton and…received this email minutes later from my father, who I should really start enlisting if I need to drag someone,” she wrote.

Her dad’s advice flipped a switch for O’Connor, who decided to forgo the hefty purchase.

“I think because I googled it, I’ve been deluged by ads on Instagram and Facebook, and…well, they almost won this round,” she told Buzzfeed.

Despite the family’s stance, Peloton, too, appeared to get a kick out of O’Connor’s dad’s email.

The brand responded to O’Connor on Twitter, “We would hire your dad for extreme motivational content tbh.”

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