Cory Doctorow

Jun 22, 2021

3 min read

Peloton bricks its treadmills

Your kids are dead because you didn’t buy the subscription.

A still from the opening credits of The Jetsons in which George Jetson is about to be maimed by a high-tech treadmill; superimposed over the image is a quote from the Peloton email announcing that its treadmills now require subscriptions (‘Unfortunately at this time, ‘Just Run’ is no longer accessible without a Peloton Membership’). Image: The Jetsons/Hanna-Barbera

“Tread,” a $3000 “smart” treadmill from Peloton, is a deathtrap. 125,000 Treads have been recalled after the devices injured 72 people and killed a child.