I’ve updated this article on the best Peloton bike accessories to reflect people who may have purchased a Peloton to help them exercise at home. Also, if you’ve ordered a bike and are waiting for your Peloton to arrive, this article will help you get started on the bike accessories to buy now.
Finally, you’ll find a number list of the best, must-have Peloton accessories. Then, further down in this article I’ll offer more editorial on each item and links to them.
Original post about best, must-have Peloton accessories
When I originally wrote this blog post on Peloton must haves, I’d highlighted about a dozen 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 of the best Peloton bike accessories. Some of these are Peloton products. Others are products that compatible with Peloton.
Accessories for both the Peloton bike and Peloton Tread
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 bike 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 products, nay 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.
Peloton bike accessories on Amazon
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 manufacturer’s 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.
List of the best, must-have Peloton accessories that you need
- Heart rate monitor
- Moisture-wicking cycling socks
- Padded shorts or leggings
- Gel bike seat cushion or cover
- Cycling shoes with Delta Look cleats
- Reusable water bottle that fits the Peloton holder
- Wireless, Bluetooth headphones
- Yoga or exercise mat
- Foam roller and/or handheld massage tool
- Shelf to hold your phone
- Hand weights or dumbbells
- Smart TV if you wan to cast your screen
- Headbands to catch sweat
- Handlebar towels
- For ladies only–good sports bras
- Fan to keep you cool
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.
Best Peloton Bike Accessories
I’ve put together a list of the best accessories for the Peloton bike. This is from someone who has been riding since 2016. Therefore, you can trust I know what I’m talking about and will only recommend products I trust.
This list of best Peloton bike 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!
Updates to Peloton
As you know in 2020 Peloton introduced the Bike+–a new, fancier bike with a swivel monitor. The bike has many other bells and whistles beyond the swiveling screen. It also has a sound bar, among other upgrades.
We ended up investing in a second bike–the Bike Plus. That’s my dogs checking out the new bike, below. I documented our delivery experience in this blog post.
How to make the Peloton screen swivel
If you want to be able to get the swivel screen or make the tablet pivot 90 degrees to the left or right, I have a solution. It’s a product called “The Pivot.” It’s made specifically for the Peloton bike.
The Pivot from Top Form Design or TFD is an add-on product adapter that goes on the “arm” of your Peloton bike where the tablet is mount. Once installed it gives you the screen experience of the Bike Plus without the pricetag.
Aftermarket accessories for Peloton
“Casting” your Peloton screen to a TV
There is another Peloton hack that you can use now and not have to buy a new bike. It’s called “casting” your Peloton to another screen.
How do you do this? You can use an integrations so you could broadcast your workouts to a nearby TV, such as with an Amazon Fire TV enabled device 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. Our bike picks up the signal from our Roku TV, if we wanted to cast to it.
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 bike 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 have 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 among other instructor catchphrases, you’ll want to check out these two blog posts.
Kids and Peloton
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.
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.
Forget the FitBit
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.
TL;DR? I love my Scosche heart rate monitor. Plus, if you buy directly from the Scosche website and use my code, you can save big. Use code SCOSCHE15 at checkout to save 15%.
Best heart rate monitor accessories for Peloton
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.
Why I recommend Bombas socks
Wicking socks are a must. Some of the best wicking socks 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.”
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.
Terry padded shorts for women
Padded shorts for men
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!
Best padded shorts for men
4. A gel seat is one of the best Peloton bike 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!
Padded gel seat covers and cushions
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.
More info on Peloton cycling shoes
For a more in-depth look at the best Peloton shoes, please check out my blog post focusing solely on Peloton cycling shoes and what size to buy. It also includes information on the Peloton shoe size chart.
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 makes your shoes compatible with Peloton. It will be the cleats you attach to the bottom of 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. This blog post that reviews the Peloton shoes answers both questions–and more.
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 as narrow a 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 with them.
7. Bluetooth headphones might be one of the best Peloton accessories
You definitely want to be riding your Peloton bike with a pair of Bluetooth headphones on. I’ve included below some of the brands I recommend.
For more on the best headphones for Peloton, including answers to common questions, please read this blog post called Peloton Bluetooth headphones.
Best Bluetooth headphones to use with Peloton
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.
In addition to a yoga mat, you should also invest in the following:
By the way, have you checked out my blog post on Peloton yoga basics?
Peloton yoga clothing
Manduka yoga mats
Edited to add: I just discovered that Manduka yoga mats come with a lifetime guarantee. If you’re familiar with my article on products and brands that offer a lifetime warranty, you know how important this feature is for becoming a sophisticated consumer.
Mandunka guaranteed for life
9. Get yourself a foam roller and/or a handheld massage tool
For my birthday last year, my husband bought me a Hypervolt GO handheld massager. It is battery operated and is a percussive tool that basically beats sore muscles into submission. I’ve been using it religously along with my foam roller.
Handheld percussive muscle massage tools
Foam rolling and Peloton
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.
11. Phone holder for your spin bike
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 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.
Phone mount for a Peloton
12. You might need Amazon Fire TV or Roku
Now that there is the Peloton channel on Smart TV, it’s time to get a Roku TV. You can find great prices on Roku TV options on Amazon. Also, you can your bike to a Roku TV.
If you’re having trouble casting to your Smart TV, maybe you’ll find a solution to your problem in this blog post about Peloton troubleshooting.
My favorite Peloton hacks
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 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.
Sweaty Bands headbands
Finally, many readers have asked where they could find the sparkly headbands that instructor Christine D’Ercole wears. The brand is called Sweaty Bands.
Sweaty Bands offers a no-slip headband that you can buy on Amazon. You’ll notice that Christine tends to match the headbands to the outfits she wears in class. I particularly like the royal blue sparkling headbands.
FYI, the sparkly headbands are the “Viva Diva” kind from Sweaty Bands. They come in a variety of widths. I’ve highlighted a few below.
Headbands for Peloton users
Sweat guard for your bike
Look for a sweat guard for your bike? You’ll want a special towel to put on your bike and underneath it. One company making these products is called Velotowel.
Velotowel make a towel cover for your Peloton handlebars–including to fit the new Bike+ or Bike Plus handlebars, which are shaped slightly differently than the original bike.
Velotowel for Peloton
A “headband” for your bike?
Spin Towel also makes a towel that fits over your Peloton handlebars to catch your sweat. Think of it as a your spin bike handlebar cover or a towel cover so you can wipe sweaty hands on. Here’s my Spin Towel covering the handlebars on my bike.
14. 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.
Fan for your Peloton
Additional Peloton exercise equipment
Since first writing this blog post, I’ve come to realize that the list of Peloton bike 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.
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.
Make a desk for your Peloton
Looking for detailed information on the best weights for Peloton? Please check out this blog post on the best Peloton weights. In the meantime here are some shopping recommendations–specifically weights for Peloton that you can find on Amazon.
Peloton weights on Amazon
If you’re looking for best mat for Peloton, please check out my article on the topic of Peloton mats. It covers the mat for under the bike, the mat that you can get with your Tread as well as the Peloton yoga mat.
This blog post on the Peloton mat includes the Peloton mat size or, if you’re buying your mat elsewhere, what size mat you should get.
Bike mat for Peloton
Peloton Inspired Workout Planner PDF
Hize Hoods improve your posture
If you’re not part of the shortie tribe but want to improve your posture on the bike, here’s another option. Check out the these 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 screen cover
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.
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?
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.
A few final thoughts on the best Peloton bike accessories
I hope these tips on the best accessories for Peloton bike have been helpful. 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 bike accessories.