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This Woman's Dad Wrote Her An Epic Email Telling Her Not To Buy A "Ridiculous" Peloton Bike And Improved Everyone's Finances

"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."

Posted on April 11, 2019, at 2:20 p.m. ET

Clare O'Connor

Clare O'Connor from Brooklyn has been contemplating buying herself a Peloton bike, like many others.

O'Connor told BuzzFeed News she has taken classes at the cycling company's New York City studio and has friends who love their own bikes.

She added that she has also been sucked in by their over-the-top ads, which is understandable.

"I think because I googled it, I’ve been deluged by ads on Instagram and Facebook, and...well, they almost won this round," she said.

Recently, she was chatting with her mom about whether she wanted to make the purchase. Her mom thought it was a great idea.

Then, her mom told O'Connor's dad, Colin. A few minutes later, she got an epic, totally unprompted email from him.

O'Connor's dad did NOT see the appeal of a Peloton bike, and he proceeded to tell her why:

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.


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.


The idea of looking at a screen while some cycling pro broadcasts encouragement is preposterous.


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.

Of course, O'Connor thought her dad's missive was hilarious. She shared it on Twitter, where it has gone 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.

@Clare_OC / Twitter

Many people are thanking Colin for snapping them back to reality and getting their financial priorities on track.

@Clare_OC 😮. I’ve been so jealous of my sisters for being able to afford and have space for a peloton. When the jealousy starts to overcome, I will refer to this. Tell your dad, thanks for me!

@jennyglassctb / Twitter

Is he available for consults?

@Nicole_Cliffe @Clare_OC I seriously want him to weigh in on all of my life decisions moving forward.

@WFKARS / Twitter

@Clare_OC I need your dad to email me as I head to Target each week.

@jsmisko / Twitter

Others are sharing their own practical ~dad advice~.

@Clare_OC Love this. My Dad once told me it was absurd to pay for both a gym and a maid. “Raise a sweat scrubbing your own toilet.”

O'Connor said both she and her dad are surprised and amused that so many people like his email.

"Maybe this’ll prompt him to finally get a smartphone (I won’t hold my breath) so he can share his musings with his new fanbase more often," she said.

Clare O'Connor

But we all want to know, did she get the bike? O'Connor said the jury is still out.

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