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"Unacceptably gross": Peloton cyclist's complaint over relative leaving bike in a sweaty mess goes viral

The frustrated owner of the bike took to social media for advice and says conversations about the state of it "go in one ear and out the other"...

If you're a regular user of spin bikes at the gym, it's common knowledge that leaving the one you've just been on sweaty without giving it a good wipe down is pretty poor form; however for one Peloton owner the problem is closer to home and considerably more awkward, revealing that their sister-in-law who "uses our things" is regularly leaving the bike covered in sweat. 

So far over 4,500 people have stepped in to offer advice and express their general disapproval of the sister-in-law's actions on Reddit, with the bike's owner saying that they've tried to talk to their inconsiderate relative about the problem, but any discussions fall on deaf ears. 

"Am I wrong for being pissed ?? she’s not a child she’s in her 30’s", says the OP. 

There are some quite creative deterrents suggested in amongst the thousands of comments, including using the sister-in-law's clothes to wipe down the bike, removing the saddle and pedals and deleting her Peloton account. 

One added: "Those things are not cheap! At this point I would pull her by the peloton, hand her a rag and spray, and make her wipe it down then and there. She'll be mad you are treating her like a child but she obviously isn't adult enough to behave like one."

While another said: "Show her that picture. Maybe she doesn’t realize how absolutely disgusting it really is after she gets done with it."

While the main issue here is that the offender is leaving someone else's personal spin bike in a sweaty mess, it's certainly not the worst case we've ever seen. Three years ago a bike shop mechanic also took to Reddit to warn turbo trainer users of the dangers of not using a towel and changing your bar tape regularly, after a customer managed to snap his bars due to the corrosion from sweat that had turned to mounds of solid salt... 

broken handlebar sweat corrosion - Griff_Rad on reddit

If you want to avoid a similar scenario, we'd recommend investing in some accessories for your home trainer such as a sweat catcher and at least one decent fan for starters... 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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