I’ve updated this article on the best Peloton accessories in 2020 to reflect people who may have purchased a Peloton to help them exercise at home. When I originally wrote this blog post on Peloton must haves, I’d highlighted 13 Peloton bike accessories that have made my Peloton ownership more enjoyable. But after having my bike since 2016, I’m continuing to discover new ways to improve and add to how much I love my bike.
Thus this update, which is now about the
15 16 best Peloton accessories. Some of these are Peloton products. Others are products that compatible with Peloton. All are Peloton must haves in my book! Now, onto the original part of the post.
Accessories for both the Peloton bike and treadmill
Now that you have a Peloton Bike or Peloton Tread, are you looking for accessories to use with it? We’ve had our Peloton bike since 2016, and it’s been a great investment.
I’m all about getting the most value for your time and money, and the Peloton has been a great investment for getting fit and healthy. I believe we are smart consumers, having invested in a Peloton.
What are the best Peloton accessories
So now that you have the bike, you may be wondering what the best accessories for the Peloton bike are or even just the best Peloton bike accessories overall? I’ve put together a list of
13 15 16 products, nay 13 16 Peloton essentials, that can help you get more enjoyment from your Peloton. This includes the best Peloton shoes and the best headphones for Peloton–in my humble opinion, that is. 15
Many of these are what I’m calling Peloton accessories Amazon. That is, you can buy many of them conveniently on Amazon. In fact, at the bottom this post, you’ll find a link to my shopping page on Amazon. But don’t head over there just yet.
Why? Because many of the products and add-ons that I’m recommending can be purchased elsewhere, such as on Etsy or the manufacturers website. Where possible I’ve added coupon codes to save you the most. As you know you usually can’t use coupon codes on Amazon.
Traveling soon and want to find a hotel with a Peloton bike? Check out my new post on Peloton hotels
What originally came with our Peloton bike
I can tell you that when our bike first arrived in November 2016, we “upgraded” our purchase to include Peloton bike accessories. This Peloton gear included:
- three-pound Peloton weights; these Peloton dumbbells attach to the back of the bike, underneath the seat
- Peloton heart rate monitor
- one pair of Peloton cycling shoes
- Peloton mat for under the bike
- pair of Peloton headphones
Called “the works” it added $249 to our bike purchase.
The works weren’t enough
While it was an OK purchase, it wasn’t enough. That’s because there were two adults using the bike.
My husband and I do not wear the same size shoes so we would need at least one more pair. Plus our college-aged daughters would want to hop on the bike when they were home from school. The idea of four people sharing the Peloton heart rate monitor was just so gross. We definitely needed to get more accessories, nay, essentials, for our Peloton Bike.
And we’re not talking specialized bicycle accessories. We’re talking basics that will make using your spin bike much more comfortable and fun. That being said, we quickly discovered the Peloton gear that we did not need to buy for our bike. And that would be the Peloton weights and the Peloton bike mat.
Alternatives to the Peloton bike
Are you looking for an alternative to Peloton bike? Here are two we’ve recently heard about:
Regardless of which bike your ride, nearly all of these accessories are a good investment to enjoy your bike more.
Peloton Inspired Workout Planner PDF
I designed this Peloton-inspired workout planner because I found that I was great at getting my cardio on my Peloton–through cycling classes or walking on the Peloton app, for example–but I was neglecting the rest of my fitness routine, meaning strength and stretching.
Once I created this planner, which is now available on Etsy for just $2.50, and could fill in which classes I was going to do each week, I got better at actually following through. This is from someone who has had the Peloton since 2016.
How it’s organized
To make it easier for me–and for you–to find your class on the Peloton tablet or in the app, I created a space for the class instructor, the kind of class, the date and time, and the class length. That was if you’re doing the classes On Demand, you can filter by class length and instructor so it’s easier to find them and bookmark them. I’ve also suggested themes to make it easier for you to find classes you could do for cardio, strength and stretch.
I find that writing down my workout plans as my fitness tracker works better for me than putting them in a digital calendar, where I can simply ignore the notification. Page 1 of this PDF is Monday through Wednesday. Page 2 is Thursday through Sunday. Download once and print forever. If you want to follow me on the Leaderboard, I’m #Leah_is_Pawsome
Peloton Before and After
Let’s be honest. You probably got your Peloton because you were looking for some kind of transformation. That could be better health overall or losing weight. We got our Peloton because my husband needed to do both–improve his health and take off some weight. While I didn’t think I needed to lose weight, I did end up losing some. That was once I got serious about riding my Peloton or using the Peloton app daily. Signing up for the Noom diet plan helped, too.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you my Peloton cycle before and after. I haven’t lost that much weight between the photos on the left and right–only about 15 pounds–but the transformation, I think, is pretty dramatic. I’m sharing these photos from my in-studio rides with Christine D’Ercole as well as pictures of me in street clothes. Seeing these photos side by side makes me want to continue using my Peloton regularly.
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I’ve put together a list of
13 16 total of the best accessories for the Peloton bike. This is from someone who has been riding for more than two three years so you can trust I know what I’m talking about.
This list of best Peloton accessories including Peloton clothing. That is clothing to wear while riding your Peloton bike or using your Peloton tread–not necessarily clothing from the Peloton brand. But they do have some cute stuff in the Peloton boutiques!
Tech updates for 2020
At the end of 2019, Peloton announced that it had made tech enhancements. These were a long-time coming, especially for Android users. (Peloton has always been very Apple friendly.) Some of those enhancements include integrations so you could broadcast your workouts to a nearby TV, such as with the Amazon Fire TV or another Smart TV. Right now we just use our HDMI cable connected to a laptop.
Amazon Fire TV isn’t the only new Peloton integration. Peloton is also letting users with Chromecast broadcast enjoy these new features.
Speaking of new features, finally finally the Peloton can sync with your Apple Watch. Forever people have been complaining about how they couldn’t really use their Apple Watch 100% with the Peloton. Now they can.
Helps you enjoy your Peloton more
With my list of the best Peloton accessories at your disposal, once you’ve done your shopping, your brain can focus on getting the best workouts of your life–period. I love my Peloton bike, and I hope you’ll love yours, too.
This list of the best Peloton accessories, essentials and must haves can also help you find Peloton gift ideas. So if you have someone in your life who is obsessed with their Peloton like I am, many of the products I’ve suggested would make perfect Peloton gifts.
Gifts for Peloton lovers
However, I did just write a new Peloton gift guide chock full of Peloton bike gifts and ideas. This is in addition to a post about Peloton instructor quotes. So if you’re looking for products featuring Alex Toussaint quotes, you’ll want to check out these two blog posts.
I realize that Peloton also has the Tread now. So why not treat yourself to new leggings? It’s always more motivating to work out when you feel confident and comfortable. So hit the pavement (or the Tread) in style.
When you sign up for Fabletics as a VIP, for example, you’ll get two pairs of their high-quality leggings for just $24. You can’t be that price! Plus, leggings come in sizes XXS to 3X!
Finally, if you have kids looking to use your Peloton, here is a blog post on Peloton kids classes and overall information on Peloton for kids. This includes tips on finding kids Peloton shoes that fit.
Now onto the list of the best accessories for your Peloton bike or Tread!
1. You’ll want to wear a Peloton compatible heart rate monitor
While the Peloton hr monitor is perfectly adequate, with multiple people riding, no one wanted to share their heart rate monitor. Of course you need a heart rate monitor that is compatible with the Peloton.
I know that tons of people swear by heart rate monitors that you wear on your wrist like the Apple Watch. I don’t have a Smart watch so I ended up investing in the Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband, which you wear on your forearm. The Scosche is definitely a Peloton compatible heart rate monitor.
Also, if you buy directly from the Scosche website, you can save big. Get 25% off when you enter code: SCOSCHE25 at checkout! Hurry before this sale code expires!
Why I chose this heart rate monitor
Here’s why I like the Scosche RHYTHM heart rate monitor. It doesn’t slip around, and it holds its charge for a couple of weeks. I’ve quickly determined that it is the best heart rate monitor for me for the Peloton. I don’t have to question this Peloton heart rate monitor compatibility. That’s because I’ve seen the telltale blue blinking light on the forearms of people riding live in the studio.
There are other brands of heart rate monitors that classed as “ANT+” and therefore considered to be compatible with the Peloton. You may find these to be the best heart rate monitor for Peloton for you. These include:
- Wahoo Tickr heart rate monitor on a chest strap.
- Wahoo Tickr Fit arm band heart rate monitor. Note: this is more of a forearm arm band rate monitor; it is not worn on hour wrist.
- Garmin Fenix heart rate monitors that you wear on your wrist. This includes the Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X.
All of these offer Peloton heart rate monitor compatibility.
Again, if you’re in the market for a new Scosche HRM, you can find a great deal on Scosche.com right now: Get 25% off when you enter code: SCOSCHE25 at checkout!
Peloton heart rate monitor
Why do you want to wear a heart rate monitor when using the Peloton? Because a bunch of the classes that go live or On Demand on the Peloton IOS app are called Heart Rate Zone Training or something such.
Next, if you want to get serious about training your heart, you’ll need a heart rate monitor. It’s one of those home workout equipment essentials. So when thinking about investing in Peloton equipment, put a heart rate monitor on your list.
Finally, while your FitBit can track your heart rate, it won’t pair with the Peloton bike for heart rate training. However, it will work with your Peloton bike to track distance and calories burned.
Why you always want to wear a heart rate monitor
Check out the graphic below. It shows the difference in calories burned while wearing your Peloton heart rate monitor and during a ride when I did not wear my heart rate monitor.
You’ll notice how many more calories the bike estimated I’d burned when I wasn’t wearing a heart rate monitor. If you’re riding the bike as part of a weight-loss plan, the heart rate monitor keeps you “honest.” Otherwise, you’ll think you’ll have burned twice as many calories, maybe you’ll overeat afterwards, and then you’ll wonder why you aren’t losing weight.
2. Best socks for Peloton
You wouldn’t think that you need special socks for riding your Peloton or spin class in general. You would be wrong. One of the challenges of biking is that on long rides your feet and toes tend to fall asleep. This is due to no fault of your own, except for wearing too thick socks. Yes, that’s right. The best socks for Peloton are those that are on the thinner side. It just means you need to cinch your shoes a little snugger so they stay on your feet.
Moisture-wicking socks are a must
Another thing that makes socks the best socks for biking? Wicking away moisture. One of the things I’ve learned while riding my Peloton is that there are parts of me that sweat that I didn’t know could sweat. This would include the backs of my knees and the bottoms of my feet. Wicking socks are a must. Some of the best are from Bombas.
Here is how Bombas describes its sock technology:
“We believe in the antimicrobial and moisture-wicking properties of high-quality, natural fibers. Our socks contour to your feet, keep you dry all day.”
There are many other reasons to love Bombas socks. Here are two. First, for every pair of socks you buy, Bombas donates a pair of socks to a person in need. And, second, Bombas socks come with a lifetime guarantee.
Check out my article here on companies and brands that stand behind their products with a lifetime guarantee or warranty like Bombas does.
3. Don’t ride without padded shorts or leggings
Unless you’ve been spinning for a long time, using the Peloton bike on a regular basis takes some getting used to. And I mean for your delicate lady parts and manly bits.
Put plainly the Peloton bike seat hurts. Let me tell you–a spin bike seat can be very unforgiving, if you know what I mean. Unfortunately, there are no Peloton padded bike shorts. That is, there is no Peloton branded bike shorts. So you have to look elsewhere to protect your butt from the Peloton bike seat.
That’s why one of the first extras my husband purchased was a pair of padded bike shorts from Baleaf. He loves them and wears them every time he rides the bike. I have the Baleaf padded leggings. It’s what my 24-year-old daughter wears when she rides.
Speaking of Baleaf, I’ve recently partnered with the company to be able to bring you a discount code on your purchase of padded bike shorts. When you shop on Baleaf.com and used code LEAH at checkout, you’ll get 10% off.
This coupon code will not work on Amazon, where I’d previously linked for you to shop. This is a much better deal.
This may have been one of the best Peloton accessories for him to get. Because once he stopped complaining about how much his butt hurt, he started riding more. With doctor’s orders to get more exercise and drop some weight, it became much more, ahem, comfortable for him to take a 20-minute class each morning before work.
I’ve noticed instructors Matt Wilpers and Denis Morton both wearing different kinds of Peloton bike shorts on their rides. I’m assuming they have the padding built into them. If not, I do not know how they last through a 60-minute Power Zone ride!
4. A gel seat is one of the best Peloton accessories
After reading reviews online for the best gel seat cover for a road bike–since riding on a Peloton is more akin to riding a road bike than a mountain bike–I settled on the Komfy gel bike seat. It really is the most comfortable spin bike seat I’ve ever used. You’ll want it as your Peloton seat cover.
Another option is the Domain Cycling gel seat cushion. It’s got great reviews. If you use code LEAH when you shop on the Domain Cycling website, you’ll save 10% on your purchase!
Looking for more information on how not to have your Peloton seat hurt? Here is my newest blog post on how to make your Peloton seat more comfortable.
5. Best shoes for Peloton bike
Like I said earlier, when we purchased our bike, we also purchased an accessories package. This package included one pair of Peloton bike shoes or Peloton cycling shoes.
We got them in my husband’s size. My husband has hard to fit feet. As far as the Peloton shoe sizing went, they fit him perfectly. That never happens so it was a pleasant surprise to discover that Peloton shoe sizes were on par with men’s sizes. So if you’re looking for a Peloton shoes review, here’s what my husband would say: two thumbs up on the Peloton shoes. Also, check out my new blog post focuses solely on Peloton cycling shoes and what size to buy.
Have wide feet like I do? Buy men’s cycling shoes
However, I still needed to get Peloton bike shoes for myself. Because I have wide feet, I had to do a bit of digging to find shoes that would fit me. Here’s what I discovered when looking for Peloton bike shoes: buy men’s cycling shoes, even if you’re female. These tend to run wider and were so much more comfortable.
These are my Bontrager brand of Peloton bike shoes. You can buy them, for under $100, at REI.com. They run wide, and four years into using them every day, they’re still great! I would highly recommend the Bontrager brand.
It’s the cleats that make the Peloton bike shoe
Another thing to consider: once you get spin shoes, it’s not the footwear itself that gives you shoes compatible with Peloton. It will be the cleats you get to attach to the shoes that make them compatible with your spin bike.
So if you’re asking, “Do you need Peloton shoes?” or “Do you need special shoes for Peloton,” the answer is yes and no. More about that below.
Peloton shoe holder or hanger
Finally, if you look underneath where the hand weights are stored, you’ll find what amounts to a built-in Peloton shoe holder. You can just hang your Peloton shoes theres after you ride. However, if you have more than one rider and therefore more than one pair of shoes to hang up, you can find shoe hangers on Etsy.
Best shoes for Peloton bike
You want to make sure that your shoes come with the Delta cleats. Those are red triangles cleats that attach to the bottom of your shoe and work with the Peloton pedals. Your Peloton compatible shoes should have three holes on the bottom to take the Delta clips. These are also known as Look Delta cleats and are the Peloton cleats type.
These Tomasso shoes, for example, list that they are compatible with Peloton bike pedals. It’s important to look for Peloton compatible shoes. How do you determine if the cycling shoes you’re considering are Peloton compatible shoes and therefore the best cycling shoes for Peloton? You want to look for which cleats those shoes use.
Peloton bike cleats
As I mentioned earlier Peloton compatible shoes use Look Delta cleats. To know that you have the right shoe for Peloton bike cleats, look for three holes on the bottom of the shoe. This is where you’ll attach the cleat. FYI, Peloton bike cleats are also sometimes called clips. So if you read about Peloton shoe clips or Peloton clips, that’s likely what the writer meant.
If you took spin classes at your gym, chances are you make have used a spin bike that took shoes with two holes on the bottom. These cycling shoes use a cleat called SPD. You do not want these as your Peloton spin shoes. If you already own these, unfortunately you’re going to have to buy new Peloton bike shoes. Or you can switch the pedals.
Swap your Peloton bike pedals but caveat emptor
One of my readers informed me that you can, in fact, ride a Peloton bike with SPD shoes. You just have to change the pedals on your Peloton bike to do so. I found these Venzo pedals on Amazon. They come with Delta cleat and SPD cleat option.
Sure, you can switch to SPD pedals for Peloton to save money on the shoes and make your old spin shoes your Peloton spin shoes. But chances are you will be voiding your Peloton’s warranty when you do this. So keep that in mind before swapping our the original Peloton pedals.
Don’t rely on Peloton toe cages
Another do not: you don’t want to ride your Peloton with toe cages aka pedal cages. Those are the kind of Peloton pedals with straps that your regular sneakers or tennis shoes slip into. You may have used them at your gym or a hotel workout facility. Many of the Peloton hotels or hotels with Peloton bikes have toe or shoe cages or pedals with straps.
I’ve come to hate those Peloton toe cages. You’ll get a much better ride and workout being clipped in with the Delta cleats. You can buy an extra pair of Delta cleats on Amazon, too. So even though your bike will come with Peloton toe pedal cages, do yourself a favor and use the Delta cleats as your Peloton cleats instead. However, even after reading this you want toe cages and therefore are asking where to buy toe cages for Peloton bike, not surprisingly you can find Peloton pedal cages on Amazon.
If you have problems with your pedals, reach out to Peloton
I should note that before I got my bike shoes for Peloton, I was riding using the Peloton pedal cages. Eventually, I had problems with the pedal cages, with the cages somehow compromising the pedals themselves. We called Peloton and they sent Peloton replacement parts for free. That is, we got new Peloton pedals free of charge, and that fixed the problem. Soon thereafter, though, I gave up the cages and got my Peloton bike shoes instead.
6. Treat yourself to reusable water bottle or two
One of the nice features about the Peloton bike is it comes with two water bottle holders. That’s great when you’re taking longer rides where you’re really going to sweat. And when you sweat, you get thirsty. Here’s what I do not love about the Peloton water bottle holders–they are really narrow. At just three-inches wide they can barely hold my regular-sized, reusable water bottles that I normally use when exercising.
Best bottles or cups for Peloton bottle holder
I’d suggest that you invest in a few stainless steel bottles that have a narrow base as your Peloton water bottle. This will help cut down on plastic bottle waste, ensure that your water bottles stay in the bottle holder throughout your class, and keep you from having to worry about BPA in plastic bottles.
My favorite way to stay hydrated while riding my Peloton is using reusable water cups with a top and a hole for a straw. Then you don’t have to fumble with opening a top to take a drink.
Why I love Tervis Tumblers
I’ve got a few Tervis Tumblers in rotation. We use the insulated, BPA-free drinkware. (Tervis also makes stainless steel cups.) Pro tip: get the 16-ounce Tervis Tumblers as they are the ones that fit into the water bottle holders, not the bigger 24-ounce size; they fall out! I also bought multi-packs of generic reusable straws that can go in the dishwasher and use them with my Tervis Tumblers.
7. Bluetooth headphones might be one of the best Peloton accessories
If you get the Peloton accessory pack, you’ll get a pair of wired Peloton headphones. Not Peloton bluetooth headphones, not Peloton wireless headphones but the old-fashioned wire kind. Maybe you have your ear buds that came with your Smartphone. Don’t even bother using them.
When we got our bike, we invested in Bluetooth headphones that go over your ears. These are wireless headphones. We bought the Insignia Bluetooth headphones which sadly are no longer available. I love these headphones but after three years, they’re showing their age. Having discovered that Insignia is no longer making these headphones, on Cyber Monday I treated myself to three new pairs of headphones. Here’s what I bought.
AfterShokz Aeropex Open-Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones
A Facebook friend knew I liked my over the ear headphones and recommended I try these AfterShokz Aeropex headphones. A blog reader actually posted a comment recommending them, too. These headphones actually sit in front of the ear. That way if you happen to wear them outside, you’re aware of your surroundings. We’ll see if I like them for my Peloton, too.
Urbanears Hellas On-Ear Active Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Another Facebook friend told me about these Urbanears Hellas On-Ear headphones. Normally, I wouldn’t want to wear this kind of headphone while I exercise. But here’s what won me over. With the Urbanears Hellas headphones, the headband, if you will, and ear coverings are removable. That means when they getting sweaty from me getting sweaty, I can take them off, toss them in my lingerie bag and put them through the washing machine.
Another Bluetooth headphone option
In the meantime I have these Bose in-the-ear Bluetooth headphones (above) that have great sound and hold a charge for weeks. They were a gift last year and I do like them. Update: My 22-year-old daughter has “permanently borrowed” these from me. Now I really need new headphones!
A lot of readers have written to tell me that that their Apple AirPods Pro are GREAT with the Peloton bike. You can buy them new on Amazon, too.
8. A yoga mat and accessories are a good idea
You may think about Peloton as just a tool for spinning. But you can take Peloton classes without a bike. Peloton offers stretching classes, weight lifting bootcamps, running instruction via the Peloton Tread and yoga content. Peloton is now live streaming yoga classes. Here is my review of Peloton yoga.
My yoga essentials
With yoga comes the need for yoga essentials. I’ve had great luck with the Gaiam yoga mats. Sure, they might be a bit pricey but they hold up beautifully. And they come in gorgeous colors. I had to work hard to keep my younger daughter from stealing my purple Gaiam yoga mat and taking it back to college with her.
Why gripper socks? Remember how I talked about how I discovered that the bottoms of my feet sweat? Well, this can be a real problem when you do yoga in bare feet. When my feet sweat, they slide across my yoga mat. But once I started wearing gripper socks, no more slipping. Bombas makes great gripper socks. So does Gaiam.
I love Peloton yoga
FYI, the new Peloton yoga is awesome. I’m so glad that I invested in the yoga blocks. I’ve needed them for every class that I’ve taken live or On Demand. The purple Gaiam blocks are working out great for me.
9. Get yourself a foam roller
Whether you’re using your Peloton bike for spinning classes or exercising using the Peloton IOS app, you’re able to get exercise content that goes way beyond just spin classes. In fact, you can do plenty of Peloton classes without getting on your bike.
Some of those classes are actually foam rolling classes. Never heard of foam rolling? It’s a torture device–just kidding. It’s a way of doing a self-massage to work out sore muscles. A foam roller is like a big thick pool noodle, but harder. There are some foam rollers that have bumps and nubs on them to really work deep into your muscles. Regardless of what your foam roller looks like, they’re great for rolling over your muscles to work out the kinks.
Peloton has some of the best foam roller exercise classes
You’ll find some of the best foam roller stretches via Peloton On Demand. The classes are short, like five and 10 minutes, and really show you the basics of foam rolling. Try Matt Wilpers’ foam rolling classes or foam rolling classes from Hannah Marie Corbin. They seem to be the only two Peloton instructors to record these kinds of classes.
I’ll admit that it hurts like hell when you’re using a foam roller. But in a good way. Like that old song that says “It hurts so good,” it’s the truth with foam rolling. You’ll feel so much better when you use your foam roller regularly in conjunction with Peloton classes. The foam roller may just be one of the best Peloton accessories you could own and, overall, one of the most important of pieces in your home workout equipment essentials.
10. Try these cork balls to work out knots
Once you start doing the Peloton post-ride stretches, you’ll start hearing a lot about a stretch called the Figure 4. It is designed to target your piriformis muscle in your butt, which gets tight and sore from riding. Even with my aforementioned foam roller and doing Figure 4s until the cows come home, my piriformis and my IT band still need some work.
Recently, I saw a Facebook video with Peloton instructor Christine D’Ercole (CDE) using these amazing cork balls from RAWLOGY to work out knots in her shoulders, back and butt. I’ve taken hundreds of classes with CDE so if she recommends a product, you know you’ve got to have it. I ordered my cork balls (can you read that without laughing? I can’t!) on Amazon and Oh. Wow. What. A. Difference.
I’ve recommended these cork balls in my gift guide focusing on gifts for Peloton users. If you’re looking for a gift for a Peloton cyclist or gifts for Peloton lovers, you must check it out.
11. Phone holder for your spin bike
I know that tons of Peloton riders like to keep their phones near them when they are riding their bike. I’ll admit that during a recent two-for-one Power Zone ride, when I had a feeling Matt and Denis would be announcing the new PZ instructors–woo hoo-Christine and Olivia–I kept my phone nearby in case I wanted to take a picture. There are other reasons to keep your phone nearby, such as downloading your graphs to mPaceline so you can see the results of your ride.
Spin bike phone holder
In addition, there are plenty of people who use the Peloton app only on other kinds of spin cycles at home or in a gym. I know this is the option I use if I’m not staying in a Peloton hotel. Instead, I’ll fire up the Peloton app and do a ride the best I can on a spin bike. Given this option, you might want a spin bike phone holder for such occasions.
Peloton phone mount
So many people have landed on this blog post looking for a Peloton phone mount or holder, or a Peloton iPhone holder. Well, I’ve got good news. I found someone on Etsy that makes these. (They also make a Peloton shoe hanger that I linked to above.)
They got their start, using their 3D printer, when they needed a way to have their baby monitor nearby when they rode. Now they have a bunch of products designed to mount on your Peloton handlebar and hold your phone. They say these phone holders can handle every size of smartphone, both Apple and Android. Note: these are phone holders for indoor spin bikes only. They are not designed to hold a phone when you ride a bike or motorcycle outside.
I found another company called Pelo Spin 3D that makes a phone mount. That’s mine, above. This company also makes shoe hangers for the front of the bike and a shelf and shoe hanger for the back of the bike. The links I’ve included are to the Pelo Spin 3D shop on Etsy.
12. You might need Amazon Fire TV or Roku
Important update: Peloton just announced that Peloton is streaming on a Roku TV. So if you’ve been holding off upgrading to one, now is a great time to consider buying a Roku TV. You can find great prices on Roku TVs on Amazon.
I’ve already mentioned a bunch of ways you can do Peloton classes without the bike. First, you can use the Peloton IOS app to stream classes on your phone or iPad. But this solution isn’t always perfect because the screens are so small. Next, I know plenty of people who are using a Peloton hack to stream the classes via Amazon Fire TV or their Roku device. This way they can watch the broadcast on a flat screen TV that they’ve hung on the wall near their bike. This Peloton hack is especially helpful when doing the yoga, stretching or bootcamp classes. If you’ve ever needed a reason to invest in Amazon Fire TV or Roku, having the Peloton bike might be it.
Another options: you can try the $13 hack that I’ve been using to see my Peloton workouts on my flatscreen TV: when I do On Demand strength, stretching or yoga classes, I boot up the Peloton website on my laptop. Then, using an HDMI cable, I connect the laptop directly into my TV. That’s right–you can get an HDMI cable on Amazon for under $13 and stream all of your workouts!
13. Headbands are a great idea while riding
As I mentioned earlier, you are going to sweat buckets when riding your Peloton. You know you’re getting a great workout. I’ve found that regardless of how you wear your hair, having a headband on during your ride is a must. You can wear it at your hairline or across your forehead to catch the sweat. Honestly, the Goody brand stretchy headbands, which are super cheap, are the best to use.
A “headband” for your bike?
Speaking of sweat, many of my “Pelo-peeps” swear by the Spin Towel. It’s a towel that fits over your Peloton handlebars to catch your sweat. Think of it as a Peloton handlebar cover so you can wipe sweaty hands on. Here’s my Spin Towel on my bike.
The people who make the Spin Towel make a bunch of Peloton-specific products. Here are a few of my favorites.
14. Invest in a good sports bra
Clearly, this advice is for women only. That being said, for the most part spinning is a low-impact exercise. But let me tell you–some of the best Peloton instructors encourage you to jog out of the saddle. If you’re, ahem, well-endowed on top, you’ll need to invest in a good sports bra. We’ve become big fans of the Brooks sports bras.
Some time ago Brooks bought the Moving Comfort brand, which was our prior go-to sports bra company. Now the Brooks bras are the only ones the women in our family wear while exercising.
I’m particularly fond of the Brooks Moving Comfort Fiona bra because it has Velcro for adjusting the straps. The only downside is this is a traditional bra design with straps, not a racerback. So if you like to wear racerback shirts when you exercise, the straps are going to show. Then again, the benefit of exercising at home with your Peloton is that you never again have to exercise in public or at the gym with people watching.
15. Start using Cetaphil after you shower
How much are you moisturizing the backs of your thighs and the area under your butt? I’m not asking to be perverted but to point out one of the downsides of spending so much time in the saddle. There is a lot of, um, rubbing going on back there and you might find yourself getting in-grown hairs. Ouch.
Believe it or not one of the best ways to avoid or treat these in-grown hairs is through moisturizing. I spoke with a skincare professional about this, and she recommended using Cetaphil liberally after every shower. Also, exfoliating regularly. I picked up a multi-pack of Cetaphil moisturizing cream, and it’s been a real game changer.
16. Best fan for Peloton bike
You’re going to want a fan for your Peloton. Plain and simple. Because when you’re riding your Peloton bike, you will be sweating. A lot. Many of the Peloton fans on Reddit swear by the Vornado Pedestal fan. They say it keeps them cool while riding, even during HIIT, Tabata and Power Zone rides. Obviously, if your workout room includes a ceiling fan, you’re good to go. But if you find yourself needing a way to cool down even more, this Vornado fan seems to be the best fan for the Peloton bike user.
Important update on the Vornado pedestal fan. Previously, I’d linked to the fan on Amazon. However, I just discovered that you can buy this fan for $100 less at Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I’ve updated links to the fan accordingly.
Additional Peloton exercise equipment
Since first writing this blog post in 2019, I’ve come to realize that the list of Peloton accessories continues to grow the longer you have your bike. You may see someone in a Facebook group with equipment you like or you may be looking to up your exercise game.
For example, in 2020 Peloton introduced a strength program with instructor Andy Speer. This is part of the Amazon bootcamp classes. These are weight lifting classes. And let’s be honest–the weight that come with your Peloton are simply not sufficient.
SpinTray for Peloton
Recently, I discovered something called the SpinTray for Peloton. It’s a custom-cut piece of acrylic that slips over the Peloton handlebars. It’s a got a little “stick” to it (but not like flypaper) so your laptop doesn’t slide off.
This is a great option when you want to use your Peloton for a “Just Ride” while checking email or working on your computer. There are additional spin-tray like Peloton desk options, which I’ve highlighted below.
When you buy a Peloton bike, you have the option of upgrading to a package that includes weights. These are one, two or three-pound dumbbells. These are the only weights for Peloton bikes.
Similarly, when you buy the Peloton Tread, you can upgrade your package to include hand weights. They call them free weights. But you can only choose five pound weights. Well, the Peloton bootcamp weights require much more.
When I started doing the Andy Speer strength program, I never touched the weights from my Peloton bike–we have the three-pound weights. Instead, I used my five pound dumbbells, my eight pound dumbells and my 10-pound dumbbells. (We also have 12-pound and 15-pound hand weight dumbbells but I’m not that strong yet.)
So if you’re wondering “What weights do I need for my Peloton?” there are a few answers to that question.
Weights for Peloton bike
Like I said we have three-pound weights for our Peloton bike. We got them for “free” when we updgraded to the “works” package when we bought our bike. The “works” costs $249 more than the basics package and also includes one pair of shoes, one set of headphones, one heart rate monitor and one bike mat. (More about Peloton mats below.)
What do you need the Peloton bike weights for? Well, there is a rack on the back of your bike, underneath the seat, to hold hand weights. You’ll use these for “arms” classes done on the bike. These might be an intervals and arms class–which combines spinning intervals with arm work–or a straight-out arms class. Arms classes are usually only 10-minutes long, but let me tell you: three-pound weights get very heavy after 10 minutes of work.
If you want to buy your own dumbbells to use with your Peloton bike, keep this in mind: the weight rack on the Peloton bike can accommodate dumbbells that are at least five-and-a-half inches long, and with a weight “head” with a two-and-a-half inch diameter “head.” Anything bigger or wider–the head, that is–may not fit in the Peloton weight rack.
Equipment needed for Peloton strength
As I mentioned there are arms classes that you do on the bike. If you get the three-pound weights like I have, you’ll be find. However, if you’re interested in doing any of the Peloton bootcamp stength classes, you’ll need a better array of dumbbells.
Like the Peloton bike, the Peloton Tread is sold with differing packages. The essentials, works and family packages all come with hand weights, but the max weight is five pounds. They also come with resistance bands though I’ve yet to take a strength class where those bands are used. Maybe I haven’t taken enough Peloton strength classes yet.
Anyway, for the bootcamp classes or even Andy Speer’s strength program, the five pound weights that you got with your Tread are a good start. But they’re not enough.
So, what weights to get with Peloton? I would suggest you have the following:
- 5 lb
- 8 lb
- 10 lb
- 12 lb
- 15 lb
- 20 lb
Like I said in our Peloton room, we have weights going up to 15 pounds. These are pairs of dumbbells and they’ve been super helpful while doing bootcamp or strength classes. Note: these weights do not fit on the Peloton bike weight racks. We keep them stacked on the floor. You can easily get this array of weights inexpensively on Amazon or the Target websites.
When it comes to Peloton accessories and a Peloton mat, I’ve come to realize there are three kinds of Peloton mats you might be considering. There is the Peloton yoga mat. I’ve offered my suggestions for a yoga mat, blocks and other accessories above.
Here are the two remaining kinds of Peloton mats. There is the mat that goes under the bike. And this is the mat that comes with some of the Peloton tread packages. Let me address each one separately.
Mat for Peloton bike
When you purchase the Peloton bike works or family packages, you get a bike mat. This mat is meant to go underneath your Peloton bike to protect the floor. That’s because you may sweat a lot when riding the bike.
Some people believe that the mat is also good for stabilizing the bike. However, since moving and putting my Peloton bike on carpet, I haven’t needed the mat at all. Or let me say that the Peloton bike mat doesn’t help improve how the bike sits on carpet so I don’t have it there at all.
If you want to buy your own Peloton bike mat, keep this in mind. The mat that comes with those aformentioned packages has the following dimensions: 36″ x 72″
You can find plenty of them on Amazon. They’re usually advertised at treadmill mats.
Peloton tread mat
Like the bike, the Peloton tread has packages you can upgrade to and get additional equipment with. Also like the bike, the works and family packages include a mat. However, this mat isn’t for under the Peloton tread. Rather, this is a Peloton workout mat.
The Tread mat dimensions are 26″ x 71″ According to the Peloton website, the mat is two sided. One side is sticky for yoga and the other for working out on the floor. So, do you need a mat for the Peloton tread? Probably not, if you already own one that you use for working out on the floor.
A few final thoughts on the best Peloton accessories
I hope these tips on the
13 16 best accessories for Peloton bike have been helpful. Like I’d said earlier, I’ve been riding for more than two three years. If I can answer any questions about the Peloton bike app, the best Peloton instructors, how to do Peloton On Demand rides, or anything else, please post a comment here. Again, I’ve created a special shopping list on Amazon of my favorite Peloton accessories. You’ll find another link to it at the bottom of this post.
Spintray for Peloton, one of the best Peloton accessories
With my Peloton bike I haven’t found a way to have the cycle do double duty as a workstation. Until now. Recently, I discovered something called the SpinTray for Peloton. It’s a custom-cut piece of acrylic that slips over the Peloton handlebars. It’s a got a little “stick” to it (but not like flypaper) so your laptop doesn’t slide off.
I just published a post on making an exercise desk at home. This includes more information on how I’m using my SpinTray for Peloton as a cycle bike desk.
Hize Hoods improve your posture
One of the more frustrating things about the Peloton is you can move the seat forward but not the handlebars. So many people have a hard time with posture.
It’s one of the reasons that the folks at Hizeman created their Hize Hood handlebar extenders. They go on your handlebars so that riding the Peloton is a lot like riding an outdoor bike. You know, where you put your hands on the brakes on your bike that goes somewhere.
Hize Hood handlebar extender
Here is how the website describes it:
“Cyclists spend upwards of 90% of their time riding on the hoods on their bikes so why not offer the same experience indoors.
The HIZE hoods were designed from the shape of a conventional brake hood cover on road bikes to offer a riding position that is more efficient, familiar, and easier on the wrists, neck, and lower back.”
If you use code LEAH at the Hizeman.com website, you’ll save 10% on a set of Hize Hoods.
Peloton bike covers
There are two kinds of Peloton bike covers. One is a Peloton screen cover and the other is a Peloton bike cover–like for the whole bike.
The screen cover isn’t like an Otter Box for your Peloton screen; it’s just something to go over your Peloton tablet when you’re not using it. However, if you’re set on getting a cover of some sort, I found a great one Peloton cover with the #JFDI hashtag on it. I’ve included it in my Peloton gift guide. Or, consider the Peloton screen covers from the folks at Drip Accessories.
Same for the bike cover. Unless you’ve got your bike in your garage or an area of your home that’s especially dirty, honestly, don’t waste your money. But if you are looking for Peloton bike cover, here you go! It reminds me of the cover we use on our outside grill in the off season.
Get your kiddos a bike of their own
I’ve seen plenty of pictures on social media of #pelomoms who have set up their kids with a bike of their own. Mostly, I’ve seen the Fisher Price bike shown here. Lots of people have taken to calling this a Peloton kids bike, even if Peloton has nothing to do with bike for tots.
The idea is to give yourself more time to work out with kiddos at home by having them “ride” along with you on their own bike. I mean, how adorable is this Fisher Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle “spin bike” bike? If my girls were still tykes, I’d definitely get one of these “Peloton kids bikes” for them!
Did you know Robin Arzon wrote a book?
Robin Arzon doesn’t just run ultramarathons, teach both Peloton bike and Tread classes and work as the VP of fitness for the company. Now, she’s an author, too. I just came across her book
Shut Up and Run: How to Get Up, Lace Up, and Sweat with Swagger, which sounds very Robin.
Once more, I put together a shopping list over on Amazon that will make getting 99% of these recommended products much easier.
Here is how you spell Peloton
The actual definition of peloton is a group of riders. When you think about it, it was brilliant of the company to call itself Peloton. However, some people may not know how to spell Peloton. Here are the spellings I’ve seen:
Just so you know it is P-E-L-O-T-O-N.
Now, how about a Peloton Bike Discount Code?
Unfortunately, I’ve used up all of my referral codes for the year…already. That’s how popular this post is. So this code will not be good again until 2021. Sorry! However, it is completely ok with me if you want to post a comment (below) and share your referral code with others who happen upon this blog post.
As someone who is already in the Peloton community, I can share with you a Peloton bike discount code. My promo code M3JRHF will allow you save $100 on Peloton accessories. I wish it would get you free shipping, but as far as I can tell, nothing like that exists. Also, the Peloton promo code M3JRHF is for bikes only. It does not work with Tread at this time. Another thing: if you use my Peloton Bike discount code, I get my own Peloton Boutique discount code, in the form of a $100 credit I can use at the Peloton Boutique for Peloton merchandise. That’s kind of cool, too, since I’ve never bought myself any Peloton swag, such as the cool Peloton shirts I’ve seen my favorite Peloton instructors wearing. Once you are a Peloton owner, you can share your own Peloton promo code with friends and family to help them save on accessories in the same way and you, too, will get your own Peloton Boutique discount code.