Best Peloton Accessories
Looking for the best Peloton accessories, now that you have a Peloton Bike or Peloton Tread? 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.
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 accessories overall? I’ve put together a list of 13 products, nay 13 Peloton essentials, that can help you get more enjoyment from your Peloton.
I can tell you that when our bike first arrived in November 2016, we “upgraded” our purchase to include Peloton accessories. This included hand weights, Peloton heart rate monitor, one pair of Peloton cycling shoes, a mat for under the bike and a pair of headphones. Called “the works” it adds $249 to your bike purchase.
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.
13 Best Peloton Accessories
I’ve put together a list of 13 total of the best accessories for the Peloton bike. This is from someone who has been riding for more than two years so you can trust I know what I’m talking about. I’ve tried to recommend most of the products I got using our Amazon Prime account. This will allow you to get everything in one purchase, and, with an Amazon Prime account, free two-day shipping. This can allow you to purchase with confidence and convenience.
In fact, I’ve created a special list on Amazon of my favorite Peloton accessories. You can click straight through to my list to start your shopping.
If I’d had this list of Peloton essentials when I first started out riding my Peloton bike, I would have been so much more comfortable. Plus, I wouldn’t have spent time during my live or on demand spin classes thinking, “I wish I had….” 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.
I realize that Peloton also has the Tread now. So why not celebrate National Running Day on Wednesday, June 5th, by treating 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.
1. Don’t ride without padded shorts
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. Let me tell you–a spin bike seat can be very unforgiving, if you know what I mean.
That’s why one of the first extras my husband purchased was a pair of padded bike shorts from Baleaf. Actually, he bought three or four. This way he didn’t have to wash the padded bike shorts after each ride. He could rotate them on a regular basis.
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.
2. A gel seat is one of the best Peloton accessories
When we purchased our Peloton bike, I was not new to spinning. Even so I simply could not get used to the idea of padded shorts like my husband. I do not want to be a baboon butt while cycle. (To be fair Baleaf makes a women’s padded underwear that looks like normal underwear.)
Aesthetics aside, like my husband, I need some bottom relief, if you will. I needed a Peloton bike seat cover that would turn the rock hard Peloton bike seat into the most comfortable spin bike seat ever. 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 and is definitely one of the most important Peloton essentials.
Why this is the most comfortable exercise bike seat ever
Some of the reasons I love the Komfy gel bike seat as a Peloton bike seat cover and makes it the best bike seat cover for comfort:
- It is adjustable. It fits perfectly on the Peloton bike seat and then you can cinch it around the back so it doesn’t slip around
- The seat is grooved. Unlike other gel bike seats that are solid and become lumpy, the Komfy gel bike seat has grooves it in. These grooves match up perfectly with how your bottom and butt line up with the seat. That means that sensitive part of your body doesn’t hurt and never goes to sleep. (Have you ever had your butt go to sleep? Not fun.) So Komfy=best bike seat cover for comfort, get it?
- You can wash the seat. Let’s be honest. Anything that you sweat on or into needs to be washed regularly. I wash my leggings and sports bra daily. While I don’t wash the Komfy gel seat daily, I do toss it in the wash weekly. Quick tip: invest in a good mesh lingerie bag to wash the seat. It’s what I use to wash my sports bras (and regular bras) so that they don’t get tangled and destroyed in the wash. Hang the seat up to dry.
Speaking of lingerie and washing I can’t rave enough about the Forever New laundry detergent. It is made specifically for delicate items. Even so it can tackle some of the toughest odors. Though it is marketed for hand washables and lingerie, it works great in the washing machine on workout gear.
3. Wear exercise leggings
One of the things you’re going to get used to hearing your Peloton instructors saying is something like this: when you’re pedaling, make sure your knees are tracking forward like two headlights. The best Peloton instructors tell you this because it’s all about good ergonomics. If your knees are straight ahead, you’re less likely to hurt yourself.
So what does knees straight ahead have to do with exercise leggings? I found that in order to keep my knees in line, I had to focus on keeping my thighs closer together. With my thighs closer together, I started to chafe while riding in shorts. So I switched to my exercise leggings and it was so much more comfortable. Like my husband’s padded shorts, I invested in about five pairs of leggings so I didn’t have to do laundry every day.
Thankfully, I use Trunk Club as my online clothing stylist. Trunk Club is owned my Nordstrom so I know I’m getting great quality leggings. If you want to read more about my experience with Trunk Club, here’s my review of Trunk Club vs. Stitch Fix.
4. Best shoes for Peloton bike
Like I said earlier when we purchased our bike, we also purchased an accessories package that included one pair of Peloton bike shoes. We got them in my husband’s size, which mean I needed to get spin shoes for myself. Luckily my daughters and I all have similar sized feet so we only need to get one more pair that the three of us could share. Unluckily, my daughters have wide feet like I do. So the best shoes for a Peloton bike for us were ones that ran wide. And the regular Peloton shoes that came with the bike do not.
Here’s what I discovered: buy men’s cycling shoes, even if you’re female. These tend to run wider and were so much more comfortable. I bought bike shoes in a men’s size.
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. The Delta clips are key. You’ll notice that these Tomasso shoes, for example, list that they are compatible with Peloton pedals.
Trust me–you don’t want to ride your Peloton with toe cages. Those are the kind your regular sneakers or tennis shoes slip into. You may have used them at your gym or a hotel workout facility. I’ve come to hate those 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.
5. You’ll want to wear a heart rate monitor
While the Peloton heart rate 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.
Well, the same daughter who turned me onto the Fabletics leggings told me how much she loves her Polar monitor with Bluetooth. This is the kind of heart rate monitor that you wear on a strap, around your torso and right under your bra. I know that tons of people swear by heart rate monitors that you wear on your wrist like the Apple Watch. I’ve come to believe that the best heart rate monitor for indoor cycling is this kind that you wear on your torso. So guess which heart rate monitor with a strap her mother ended up buying and wears with each ride.
Here are other brands of heart rate monitors that classed as “ANT+” and therefore compatible with the Peloton. Note: not all heart rate monitors have to be worn as a strap around your chest. Some worn on your wrist work, too:
- 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.
- Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband, also worn on your forearm. This comes in four colors.
- Garmin Fenix heart rate monitors that you wear on your wrist. This includes the Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X.
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. 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.
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.
6. Best socks for biking
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 biking 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 two other reasons to love Bombas socks. One, for every pair of socks you buy, Bombas donates a pair of socks to a person in need. Second, Bombas socks come with a lifetime guarantee.
Right now Bombas is giving back with its Bombas Pride Socks. Through their continuous work with the homeless community, the brand learned that 4 out of 10 members of the homeless youth community are LGBTQIA+. To help make an impact for this under-represented community, 40% of all socks that Bombas donates over 6 weeks (up to 1 million pairs) will be donated to homeless members of the LGBTQIA+ community across the US. Bombas Has Also Created a Special Limited Edition Pride Sock that Will Help Fund These Donations.
Check out my article here on companies and brands that stand behind their products with a lifetime guarantee or warranty like Bombas does.
7. Treat yourself to stainless steel 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 those two 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. They’re fine if you’re drinking out of a disposable, 16.9-ounce water bottle, but that’s so wasteful.
I’d suggest that you invest in a few stainless steel water bottles that have a narrow base. 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.
Our family just loves the Simple Modern as well as the MIRA Brand stainless steel bottles. They are double walled so they don’t sweat. The 17-ounce size fits perfectly in the Peloton cup holders. If you get anything bigger, it’s just going to fall out.
8. Bluetooth headphones might be one of the best Peloton accessories
I’ve found that headphones that go in your ears are bound to fall out of your ears when you’re spinning. Rather, invest in Bluetooth headphones that go over your ears.
I’ve wear Insignia Bluetooth headphones during my rides. I love these headphones because they hold their charge for weeks on end and are super comfortable. Unlike some headphones that go over your ears and eventually make your ears ache, if you know what I mean, these never do. I’ve even worn them for 90-minute rides–yes one-and-a-half hours–and my ears never ached. The Insignia headphones are a keeper.
9. 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. There are stretching classes, weight lifting bootcamps, running instruction via the Peloton Tread and yoga content. Starting on December 26, 2018 Peloton is live streaming yoga classes that are all new. Previously, you could mostly take yoga classes On Demand. I wasn’t a fan of the previous yoga instructor–she moved way too fast through the flows–so I’m excited to try out these new instructors.
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.
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.
10. 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 exercises
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.
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.
11. You might need Amazon Fire TV or Roku
I’ve already mentioned a bunch of ways you can do Peloton classes without the bike. You can use the Peloton IOS app to stream classes on your phone or iPad. But this solution isn’t perfect because the screens are so small.
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 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.
Or 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!
12. Headbands are a good 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. Like I said they’re cheap. And you can throw them in the washing machine with the rest of your workout gear.
13. Invest in a good sports bra
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, which we buy from Zappos, 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. 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.
I hope these tips on the 13 best accessories for Peloton bike have been helpful. Like I’d said earlier, I’ve been riding for more than two 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.
A few afterthoughts:
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. 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 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.
Again, I put together a shopping list over on Amazon that will make getting 99% of these recommended products much easier.
Here’s a Peloton Bike Discount Code
(Update: Peloton limits the number of referrals that you can share. With the popularity of this post, I’ve used mine up in 2019. So I’ve had to unlink below. Hopefully it will “refresh” in 2020 and I can share links again then.)
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. Also, if you click through and 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. 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.