When you get a Peloton bike, you’ll need shoes that have compatible cleats on the bottom.
The pedals take a Look Delta cleat, which is a red triangle (thus the Delta).
That is, if you want to be able to clip in while you ride, then you need Peloton cleats on your shoes.
And make sure you get shoes that take cleats that are compatible with the Peloton pedals.
What are Peloton compatible cleats?
They’re called Look Delta cleats.
That’s what you want on the bottom of your Peloton bike shoes.
Peloton bike cleats: Look Delta
As I said, the 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.
How to attach Peloton cleats
When you buy the Look Delta cleats, they likely came with screws and washers.
You’ll use these to attach them to the bottom of the shoe.
Also, you’ll need to take the insole out of your cycling shoe to access the holes where the cleats attach.
Don’t worry–the screws go on the outside, bottom of the shoe.
So, you won’t feel them digging into your feet when you ride.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to attach the cleats yourself, I’m sure your local bike shop will do it for you.
Well, at least they did for me.
Peloton clip in shoes
FYI, Peloton bike cleats are also sometimes called clips.
So if you read about Peloton shoe clips or Peloton clips or Peloton clip in shoes, that’s likely what the writer meant.
Other kinds of cycling cleats
If you took spin classes at your gym, chances are you may 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.
These cleats don’t work with home Peloton bikes.
SPD cleats and Peloton bikes
However, there are two instances when SPD cleats would work on a Peloton bike.
One, if you’re riding a Peloton at a hotel.
Hotels stock commercial bikes, with SPD-compatible pedals.
Two, if you live in an apartment building or complex with Pelotons, they likely have commercial bikes, too.
So, again, you can possibly ride these bikes with SPD shoes.
On the other hand, if you already own SPD shoes and have a Peloton at home, unfortunately you’re going to have to buy new Peloton bike shoes.
Or you can switch the Peloton pedals.
What are the numbers on the bottom of the Peloton shoes
So many people have written to me asking about the numbers on the bottom of the Peloton bike shoes.
“Why are there numbers on the bottom of Peloton shoes?”
“What do the numbers on the bottom of Peloton shoes mean?”
“What are the lines and numbers on the bottom of the Peloton shoes for?”
Answers about numbers of bottom of Peloton shoes
Basically, those lines and numbers are there to help you with cleat positioning.
The horizontal numbers can help make sure that your cleats are on straight.
That is, the bottom of the cleat should line up with a line.
The diagonal line is to help you line up the cleat based on the ball of your foot.
Peloton cleat placement
If you find that the shoes don’t feel right or are rubbing, you can move the cleats around, based on the lines.
Just take a picture of the position where you started so you can compare with where you end up.
You can also use the lines and numbers for guidance from a local Peloton showroom about cleat positioning or placement.
Speaking of cleat positioning, it was one of the things we discussed during my virtual remote bike fitting with Matt Wilpers.
In fact, if you’re having any leg, hip or knee pain from your Peloton, it could be all about cleat placement.