The safest way to cycle is abstinence, or a stationary bike (except if you're my sister-in-law!). I have known about Peloton for awhile and didn't quite understand the value proposition. So when a close friend was moving offices and didn't have a home for his Peloton, I jumped at the opportunity! The primary goal in cycling (for most) is not transportation, but rather getting in shape. The problem with cycling outside is light (when you have time to do it, it is typically dark), weather (we don't all live in San Diego where it is nice year around), difficulty (hard to calibrate the intensity level), and safety concerns. The stationary bike addresses most of these concerns! What is missing, however, is the camaraderie and competition of cycling with a friend(s) or joining a class. I completely understand the collectivism of places like SoulCycle and Flywheel, rocking out to the same music can be intoxicating. That is where Peloton comes in. You can get most of the collectivism with the live streamed classes (SoulCycle), and you can even see where you rank relative to others taking the same class (Flywheel). The best part of Peloton is you can have the energy of being in a cycling studio in the comfort of your own home and according to your own schedule. Want to take a spin class at 3 AM, why not?