Best Online Cycling Classes of 2023

Peloton is our pick for online cycling classes for its world-class instructors and live classes

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Indoor cycling hit the fitness scene during the late 1980s, and cycling enthusiasts and workout fanatics have been pedaling ever since, especially since the movement went online. After all, with online cycling classes, you don’t need an expensive gym membership, a cycling studio, or even a high-priced bike to get a heart-pounding, sweat-dripping workout. In many cases, all that's required is a stationary or a standard bike with a bike trainer to hold it in place, and a streaming device such as a cell phone, tablet, computer, or TV—though many of the best classes are designed for people using upright, stationary bikes.

With the explosion of online cycling classes, programs, apps, and free online workouts, it can be difficult to figure out what the best options are. So to make it a little easier for you, here are our picks for the best online cycling classes that you can try.

Best Online Cycling Classes of 2023

Best Overall : Peloton



Key Specs
  • Pricing: About $13 per month 
  • Platforms: Desktop, Roku, iOS, and Android 
  • Duration: 10 to 90 minutes
Why We Chose It

Peloton’s All For One Ride is a fast-paced, high-energy experience that features several instructors and a wide range of music.

Pros & Cons
  • Multiple instructors and music styles

  • App offers cycling, yoga, running, stretching, strength, core, and more 

  • Affordable monthly price (not including the Peloton bike)

  • Can’t pick your own playlist

  • Slow to add non-cycling workouts to the app

  • Pressure to buy expensive Peloton fitness equipment


Peloton is the industry leader in high-quality cycling classes and top-of-the-line stationary bikes. Once, you could only access Peloton cycling classes by purchasing one of its bikes and monthly subscriptions. But now, anyone can take a cycling class through the company's digital app. This app allows users to stream cycling classes live and on-demand on their devices and do them on any stationary bike. 

Peloton also offers classes in strength training, yoga, outdoor and treadmill running, stretching, boot camp, and meditation. The program stands out for its energetic, enthusiastic instructors, as well as the cost. After a 30-day free trial, the Peloton Digital Membership is around $13 per month.

While we recommend Peloton’s cycling program, it is important to know that Peloton recalled its treadmill in 2021 and certain bike pedals in 2020 due to severe safety concerns. So do your research before purchasing new or used Peloton equipment—and maybe consider using your own equipment.

Best Audio Platform : CardioCast's Noël Nocciolo - 30-Minute Ride



Key Specs
  • Pricing: About $10 per month 
  • Platforms: iOS and Android 
  • Duration: 20 to 60 minutes
Why We Chose It

CardioCast’s combination of popular music and multiple workout formats offers users many of the benefits of a visual class with an audio-only format so you can focus on your form and not a screen.

Pros & Cons
  • Music-driven audio workouts and time-based interval rides

  • Pace of the class follows the beat of the music 

  • New classes added every week

  • No video workouts

  • Recommended for indoor bikes only


CardioCast is a fitness app that lets you stream audio cycling workouts at any time and on any bike. It enables those who don’t want visual distractions or are visually impaired to access cycling classes. The workouts are effective: Noël Nocciolo’s 30-Minute Ride features tough interval sets to get your heart pumping.

This class is a good choice for all levels, and Nocciolo provides clear cues and transitions throughout the workout while you listen to The Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish, The Killers, and more. 

CardioCast has two types of cycling classes: the Beats Ride, for people who like to pedal to the rhythm of the music, and the Classic Ride, which follows time-based intervals. The workouts are typically 20, 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length. CardioCast currently has over 1,000 rides on its app and adds to the list weekly. In addition to cycling courses, there are running workouts that follow a similar format.

CardioCast costs roughly $10 per month, or you can opt for a yearly subscription for about $90. A free seven-day trial is also available so you can give the classes a try.

Best for Beginners : Kaleigh Cohen Cycling’s Stationary Bike Workout for Beginners

 Kaleigh Cohen Cycling’s Stationary Bike Workout for Beginner

 Kaleigh Cohen Cycling’s Stationary Bike Workout for Beginner

Key Specs
  • Pricing: Free up to about $15 per month 
  • Platforms: Any device compatible with YouTube
  • Duration: 20 to 60 minutes 
Why We Chose It

Among Kaleigh Cohen Cycling’s over 200 videos, you will find a range of free workouts and educational content that will prepare you to enter any cycling class with grace.

Pros & Cons
  • Reinforces good form and habits in riders 

  • Professional grade video and audio

  • Educational videos for beginners

  • Videos aren’t always labeled by difficulty level

  • Few major music hits on the playlists

  • Videos can feel repetitive


In this beginner-level cycling ride from Kaleigh Cohen Cycling—a YouTube channel dedicated to cycling—you’ll strengthen your legs while learning basic cycling forms and terminology. 

The course layout is a mix of resistance levels and speeds, with the instructor calling out suggested RPMs (rotations per minute) to help you find your rhythm and cadence. After a quick warmup, the pace picks up, but the resistance remains low to moderate for the majority of the class—making it an excellent choice for beginners. 

Since the 20-minute ride is entirely seated, you can use an upright or recumbent bike. If you want to amp up the challenge, opt for an upright to get out of the saddle. Beginners will love Cohen’s focus on form so they can learn strategies to protect their knees and get the most from their workout. 

Kaleigh Cohen also has a strength training channel for users who want to enhance their cardio workout plan with muscle-building exercises. If you’re looking to prepare for an in-person cycling class, Cohen’s content is a solid starting point. 

Best for Intermediate to Advanced : Studio SWEAT onDemand's Mimi High-Intensity Ride

Studio SWEAT

Studio SWEAT

Key Specs
  • Pricing: YouTube classes are free; Studio SWEAT subscription is about $20 per month 
  • Platforms: YouTube; app for iOS and Android and other streaming devices 
  • Duration: 30 minutes; app has classes that range from 10 to 120 minutes
Why We Chose It

Studio SWEAT OnDemand offers a huge library of online cycling classes for beginner through advanced riders, including this free YouTube HIIT ride from Mimi.

Pros & Cons
  • Verbal cues are timed right and not too often 

  • Paid subscription app has hundreds of classes for cycling and more 

  • Single-class downloads for a fee and free YouTube classes

  • Does not display intervals, effort level, or a countdown timer 

  • In and out of the saddle a lot

  • Paid subscription is pricier than other apps


The Studio SWEAT OnDemand app is known for its indoor cycling classes, but the company also offers classes for abs and core, Pilates, barre, boot camp, body sculpt, yoga, and stretch and restore. It also has TRX (Total Body Resistance Training)—an exercise program that uses hanging bands to provide resistance for what otherwise would be a bodyweight workout. The service is ideal for more advanced cyclists since it offers many high-intensity workouts including those that alternate from cycling to Pilates. 

If you want to try before you buy, Studio SWEAT OnDemand has several free cycling classes on YouTube, such as Mimi’s High-Intensity Ride, which is geared toward high fitness levels.

In 30 minutes, you’ll climb, sprint, and perform jumps out of the saddle. The format is face-paced, interval training that will raise your heart rate and make your legs burn. Warning: There’s not much rest between work intervals, so if you’re a beginner, you might need to work up to this class.

After a free seven-day trial, Studio SWEAT OnDemand costs about $20 per month, with lower rates if you prepay for three or 12 months. Tack on roughly $5 per month for a premium upgrade to receive weekly workout plans, nutrition tips, and motivational messages tailored to your goals. If you choose to buy the company's bike for either $1,999 or $899, you'll receive a free year of the OnDemand programming. 

Not sure if you want to commit to a monthly membership? No problem. Single-class downloads are approximately $8 each. Once you purchase a class, you can view it as many times as you’d like.

Best for Endurance Training : Les Mills On Demand's RPM REMIX #04 Endurance Ride



Key Specs
  • Pricing: About $8 per month 
  • Platforms: Desktop, iOS, and Android 
  • Duration: 58 minutes; app has classes of varying lengths
Why We Chose It

Les Mills On Demand’s RPM REMIX Endurance Ride is a great choice if you’re looking to burn calories, challenge your mind, and boost your cardiovascular and muscular endurance.

Pros & Cons
  • Preview class layout, intervals, terrain, and music ahead of time 

  • App offers many different workouts (cycling and more)

  • Some classes do not feature key metrics on the screen

  • Might be too extensive for someone just looking for cycling classes


Mixed terrain, intervals, speed work, and mountain climbing—the list of available classes goes on and on at Les Mills OnDemand. If you’re looking for a cycling class that offers every possible challenge and a great playlist though, the RPM REMIX Endurance Ride is for you.

This 58-minute class is part of the RPM group indoor cycling workout program that combines steady-state training with high-intensity intervals. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist to benefit, since the instructors do a lot of coaching and cueing during this class. You can take this class as a standalone or as part of the RPM series.

Users like the structure of the program and the variety of classes. Consider adding two to three RPM classes each week to your overall fitness routine. In addition to the RPM program, Les Mills OnDemand offers an indoor cycling sprint program with 30-minute HIIT classes for intermediate to advanced levels and a series called The Trip that takes you on virtual bike rides all over the world.

After a free 14-day trial, Les Mills On Demand costs around $8 per month, with lower rates if you buy an annual package upfront. Its worldwide fitness app also offers strength training, martial arts, yoga, dance fitness, barre, sports conditioning, and more.

Best for Music Lovers : CYCLED!

Key Specs
  • Pricing: $19.99 per month
  • Platforms: iOS and Android
  • Duration: 15 to 60 minutes
Why We Chose It

CYCLED! offers a range of cycling classes with a basic tracking feature, all paired with playlists intentionally curated to make workouts joyful.

Pros & Cons
  • Energizing music from a range of genres 

  • Multiple instructors to choose from

  • Classes not labeled by difficulty

  • Classes filmed in a group setting may be difficult to follow

  • Not available on web browser


CYCLED! is an app created by CYCLED Studios—a Black-owned business in Takoma Park, Maryland. The app’s cycling videos come with fun playlists and emphasize staying on beat with the music. Videos feature a variety of genres including a gospel video and a Beyonce Renaissance class. The instructors are consistently pedaling and even bobbing their heads to the beat. 

A subscription includes access to tracking, live and prerecorded classes, and fitness challenges. The progress tracking feature allows users to monitor their data to improve their fitness.

Although the app does not have a free trial, it does offer a limited selection of free classes that you can check out. At the relatively low cost of $19.99 per month with easy cancellation through the App Store or Google Play, it is worth the cost if the free classes appeal to you.

Final Verdict

We chose Peloton as our top choice because of its rewarding classes, affordability, and strong community. Peloton has captured millions of people worldwide with its energetic, humorous, and motivating instructors. The use of metrics and leaderboards adds a healthy dose of competition to classes, and while the Peloton bike isn't necessary to enjoy classes, it is expertly designed for comfort and functionality.

Guide to Choosing Online Cycling Classes

Online cycling classes are either live-streamed or on-demand workouts that you can do on your stationary bike at home. Participants view the instructor on their phone, tablet, TV, or on a screen mounted to their bike and follow along, just as they would in an in-person cycling class. Some classes are audio-only, so you can just listen to instructions without having to look at a screen.

Music has helped several online cycling classes take off, especially compared to other fitness programs. “Music is innate to us all," says Ridge Davis, a personal trainer, and former cycling class instructor. "Once we can connect to it, it stimulates a surge of serotonin and endorphins that fuel your workout." That's why, he says, when you can sync music to your ride, it helps you push through even challenging rides. "You have this mind-body connection where you focus on the beat and rhythm, which is incredibly cathartic," he adds. So that means choosing a cycling class with music that inspires you.

When looking for a stationary bike, Davis also emphasizes the importance of finding one that’s adjustable so that multiple people can use it: “The bike should have several adjustments on the seat, handle depth, and height to make it suitable for all riders who might be sharing the program at home.” 

What to Look for in an Online Cycling Class

When it comes to choosing an online cycling class subscription, your personal fitness goals and workout style are top priorities. For example, if your primary goal is to build endurance, a subscription to Les Mills OnDemand is ideal, whereas a CYCLED! subscription is perfect for those who prefer upbeat classes centered around music. For a little bit of everything, Peloton is hard to beat.

Other factors you may wish to consider when choosing an online cycling class include:

  • Cost
  • Additional equipment required, such as weights or resistance bands
  • Class duration
  • Scheduling and class frequency
  • App pairing for your smartwatch, tablet, or computer
  • Other classes offered, such as HIIT or yoga

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Online Cycling Classes Good for Beginners?

    If you're new to indoor cycling, online classes are an excellent way to get started. Finding free classes geared toward beginners is easy and allows you to learn the basics, such as how to set up your bike, without fronting any money. Newbies will appreciate trying out classes at home to learn the moves and lingo before going to a studio for an in-person class.

  • What Equipment Do I Need for Online Cycling Classes?

    Online cycling classes are taught using upright bikes like the ones that you would see at an indoor cycling studio or gym that offers Spin classes. Some participants purchase a special Spinning bike to use at home, while others use a traditional upright stationary bike. These bikes require you to clip into their pedals, so if you’re planning to buy one for home use, you’ll also have to get spin shoes with cleats. You can also use your regular road bike by mounting it on a bike trainer.

  • Is 30 Minutes of Cycling Enough Exercise?

    For general health and fitness, the American Heart Association recommends exercising for 150 minutes per week at a moderately intense pace. You can accomplish this by cycling for 30 minutes per day, five days per week. In addition to boosting your heart health, each 30-minute cycling session can burn around 200 to 300 calories.


 After reviewing over a dozen online cycling programs, we chose a mix of free and subscription-based workouts. All of the paid programs we reviewed offer a free trial period ranging from seven to 30 days. We also considered the equipment needed to take an indoor cycling class. All of these courses are compatible with any type of bike (road bike on a trainer, stationary bike at a gym or at home, or a specialty bike such as a Peloton). Another goal was to provide both audio-based classes, as well as visual courses, and more specialized programs.

Best Online Cycling Clases

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