There is no shortage of reasons to love your Peloton Bike, but its still a significant financial investment. As such, its worth investing the time necessary to provide appropriate care for your Peloton Bike. Spending some extra time after workouts to do a quick cleaning will extend the working life of your machine. Putting aside some time once a month to do a deeper clean will make it last even longer.
Here are five easy ways to keep your Peloton Bike in great condition for years to come.
1. Clean your Peloton Bike regularly
You don’t need harsh chemicals – or even soap – to keep your Peloton Bike clean. Peloton recommends using a damp cloth for the frame and seat, though some enthusiasts recommend baby wipes. If you share your bike, you might want to use disinfectant wipes to wipe down the seat and frame after every workout instead. Even if you only share it with people you live with, your body and bike will thank you for removing the accumulated sweat. The salt in sweat may rust parts of your Peloton Bike, similar to how road salt rusts the underside of cars, and it can irritate your skin with prolonged contact. Just be careful to avoid using wipes that contain trace amounts of bleach, though, which can discolor and warp parts of the bike.
For the screen, make sure you only use approved electronics cleaners. A microfiber cloth might be enough for a daily wipe down, but a plasma screen cleaner like this one can help with grime and oils left behind from frequent touching.
Dust and particles may accumulate in openings and crevices. Use a particle-trapping duster while the bike is turned off wipe areas that are awkward or difficult to reach with a cloth. You could also use the soft hose attachment for your vacuum as part of your regular cleaning routine.
2. Tighten the Seat and Pedals Monthly
The seat and pedals of your Peloton Bike will loosen naturally with normal use. From session to session, it may be difficult to notice it is happening, but over time it will affect your bike. Wiggling caused by loose pedals may wear against the threading that attaches the pedal to the frame, damaging the component. In severe enough cases, if the threading becomes stripped, you may have to replace additional parts to be able to tighten the pedals again. Pedals that become loose enough may even cause injury during workouts.
While pedals may not need tightening monthly, it’s a good idea to incorporate it into your regular deep cleaning routine to ensure it doesn’t get missed.
Peloton Bike Pedals are 9/16” size, so you’ll need a 15 mm wrench to tighten them. It’s also important to remember that the left pedal is reverse-threaded, so you’ll need to tighten it counter-clockwise, while the right pedal will be tightened clockwise.
If you share your Peloton Bike, its likely that each person who uses it adjusts the seat to their own height which means you probably don’t need to worry about tightening the seat since you will tighten it every time you adjust the height. Ensuring that it is tight every time you adjust it to your preferred height will be enough. However, if you don’t frequently adjust your seat, you’ll need to check that it is tight when you tighten the pedals. Allowing the seat to become loose will allow it to wobble and potentially scrape the threading, permanently damaging it and possibly causing injury.
3. Oil Moving Pieces
Peloton Bikes do not use a chain, but run-on magnetic resistance, so if you are used to caring for outdoor bikes, you’ll find caring for a Peloton bike a different experience. Typically, a bike chain requires lubricant to allow it to smoothly rub against the metal spokes. On the Peloton Bike, any spot where metal rubs on metal, particularly if there the area may be exposed to sweat, can still benefit from oil. As we mentioned above, sweat may rust metal components of the bike. Oiling it, along with a good cleaning regimen, will keep your bike running smoothly. A dry oil is best for Peloton.
You may also want to consider oiling the threads of the pedals and seat, especially if you share your Peloton Bike and the seat gets adjusted often. The frequent movement can cause scraping if the metal is unlubricated.
4. Use a Mat – Even on Carpet
A bike mat will protect your hard floors from scratches by the bike, as well as water spills from water bottles or drops of sweat. It can also protect your Peloton from dirt, dust, and pet hair on your floor, which can get pulled into the moving parts and cause damage. Carpet holds dust well, and the vibration of the bike may dislodge it and make it airborne. The mat will be an easy-to-clean layer between your bike and the floor.
5. Get a Fitted Cover for you Peloton Bike
Dust can damage Peloton Bikes, but the danger increases if the bike is kept somewhere like a garage, shed, or sunroom, where it is exposed to the elements more frequently. Windows or garage doors that are frequently open allow particles from the outdoors into your workout space and into your Peloton. You may also be exposing your bike to UV rays, which will fade the frame and seat over time.
An indoor dust cover can protect your bike when it isn’t in use. It will save you the extra time that would be spent cleaning it. Out form-fitting cover was made for the Peloton, so it will look stylish and polished wherever you store your bike.
Recent trends have shown an increasing number of people keeping their home exercise equipment, including Peloton Bikes, outdoors. The pandemic accelerated this habit; people seemed to look for any reason to escape the homes they were isolating in.
There are numerous benefits to outdoor exercise equipment where the climate won’t damage the equipment. Fresh air and sunshine lower blood pressure, improve mood, and improves focus, even in urban and suburban areas.
But keeping your Peloton Bike outdoors can expose it to potentially harmful weather. Equip, Inc. offers outdoor Peloton Bike covers which are water, mold, mildew, and UV-resistant, providing a significant level of protection, and a lockable cord at the bottom to keep the cover in place under wind conditions.
With the proper care and servicing of your Peloton Bike, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your investment for years to come.