If you haven’t used a Peloton or done a lot of cycling, you may not be familiar with the cleats required. You can’t use regular running or biking shoes with your Peloton Bike, you have to use a special type of cleat that clips onto the pedals.
These specialty cleats offer better control – the shoes effectively attach you to the bike. This gives you more “pull” on the upswing and lets you work out more rigorously.
The Peloton Bike comes with “Delta” style pedals, which require “Delta” style cleats, as the standard. As we’ll discuss later, it isn’t difficult to switch out the pedals, so that doesn’t necessarily have to be a limiting factor for the shoes you pick.
Some of the most important things to look for in riding cleats are the stiffness of the soles and insulation against heat. These cleats come with great reviews and are well loved by riders.
When you are working out on a Peloton Bike, a ceiling fan is not going to cut it. An adjustable fan pointing at you will make an enormous difference in how you feel during your workout.
You will want to take into account the size of the room that your Peloton is in. Your fan isn’t likely to cool the entire room unless the room is very small, but you’ll still want something more powerful for a large room.
The height of the fan is another important factor. If you don’t have a desk or shelf to place it on, you’ll probably want something about shoulder height when sitting on your Peloton. Alternatively, you could choose a mounting fan and save some space. We love this 16-inch Hurricane.
We’ve talked before about why a mat is so important – it protects your floor and your Peloton Bike. The Peloton Bike has a footprint of 48 inches by 24 inches, so choose a mat that is at least that size. If your Peloton is indoors on carpet or hardwood, you might want to invest in a bigger mat to catch any drops of sweat that fall during your workout.
Pick a mat that is easy to clean that won’t absorb those sweat drops – there is nothing worse than a mildew smell coming from a bike mat that isn’t cleaned enough.
Personally, we like Peloton’s own mat – its easy to clean and one of the biggest mats on the market.
Don’t forget, the Peloton bike weighs 135 pounds! Make sure you have your mat on hand when your bike is delivered if possible or get a friend to help you lift bike onto the mat if necessary.
4. Seat Cover
Unless you were an avid biker before getting a Peloton, you are going to be sore from more than just the workout after your first ride.
For most people, it isn’t worth getting a wide seat, even though it may feel more comfortable in the short term. In the long term, it will get in your way while you are working out.
Rather, its better to give yourself a few rides to adjust and get used to using a bike seat. Generally, six to ten rides seems to be enough for most people to build up a tolerance.
That being said, a gel or padded seat cover for your Peloton bike can still make your ride more enjoyable, especially if you plan to ride for longer intervals. We like this Zacro Gel Cover. The gel is perfect padding, and its easy to install but won’t move around once its on.
5. Heart Rate Monitor
A lot of workouts in 2021 are based around the trainee’s individual heart rate maximum and the percentages of that maximum reached at different points in the workout. This is sometimes called interval training and is considered one of the most efficient ways of working out.
This heart rate monitor can be worn as a watch and can connect via Bluetooth to most devices. It will also let you personalize your heart rate zones to get the best workout for you.
6. Alternative Pedals
The main reason to change the Peloton’s pedals is to expand the shoe options you can choose from.
The pedals that come with the Peloton Bike can only be used with “Delta” style cleats. While there are a lot of options for these cleats available, it does somewhat limit the shoes you can use. If you need specialized shoes with more arch support or special padding, it might be easier to switch out the pedals rather than finding cleats that meet your needs, especially if you already have shoes that work for you.
If you want to use your own shoes for cycling on your Peloton Bike, looks for pedals that have toe straps, like these BV Bike Shimano pedals. The toe straps will hold any shoes onto the pedal without the need for clipping in. These pedals are also the 9/16th size required for the Peloton Bike.
7. Bluetooth Headphones
While the Peloton Bike does have speakers, most people consider the sound quality to be mediocre. If you share your household, you may also risk bothering others if you play your classes out loud.
We prefer to use headphones, partially for the more immersive feeling. We highly suggest using wireless headphones for freedom of movement. There is nothing worse than accidentally yanking your headphone off during a workout! We also prefer in-ear, like these versus over-the-ear, so we aren’t sweating on our headphones. These are great because they stay on well, too!
The Peloton subscription comes with strength training classes, as well as “Bootcamp” classes that incorporate weightlifting into the biking regime. Incorporating these into your fitness routine is meant to give you a more well-rounded workout.
You can upgrade your Peloton Bike package to include weights, but they only offer dumbbells up to 3 pounds, which isn’t enough for many people.
We like this set, but you’ll need to consider what size weight you will realistically be able to work out with. You will get stronger as you work out, which is why we suggest a set with a range of weights, so you’ll be able to upgrade when the weights you are using aren’t pushing you hard enough.
Working out hard = a lot of sweat, at least for us. We already discussed making sure that your mat is big enough to catch any sweat that falls, but you may want a towel to keep it from running down your face if you are a heavy sweater.
You can, of course, use a towel that you already own, but we think everyone should try a cooling towel at least once. The Chill Pal isn’t a huge investment, so you can get yourself a few so you don’t have to wash it between every workout.
A Peloton Bike is an investment and needs appropriate protection. Equip, Inc. offers indoor dust covers for the Peloton bike to protect it from dust, pet hair, and more. These covers were made with the Peloton Bike in mind and will be a stylish, attractive part of your home gym set up. As Peloton Bikes can be a hazard for children and pets, it will help keep them away from your bike.
Equip, Inc. also offers an outdoor cover. If you haven’t read up on the benefits of keeping your bike outdoors when temperatures allow, read about it here. Our covers are UV, mold, mildew, and water resistant and will protect your Peloton Bike from the elements.