Putting on your Peloton shoes and clipping them properly is one of the most confusing and irritating tasks that new Peloton bike owners face on a regular basis. And if you don’t know how to put on Peloton shoes properly, then you might face incidents that could’ve easily been avoided if you knew the correct methods.
But don’t worry; in this article, we will break down everything that you need to know regarding how to put on Peloton shoes and clip into the pedal. So, without further ado, let’s dive in, shall we?
How to Put on Peloton Shoes
Your first priority should be putting on your Peloton shoes. And if you get this wrong, then you might end up with an unexpected injury or two. And as Peloton cleats are different from most cleats available in the market, it becomes more difficult for first-timers to put them on properly at first try.
But if you follow the steps given below, then you don’t have to worry about making any mistakes. Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to put on your Peloton shoes properly:
Step-1: Cleat Installation
This is the most important part about putting on Peloton shoes because the cleats that come with Peloton shoes are different than most cleats in the market. But the installation process is very simple.
At first, get the plastic cleats from the shoe box along with the Allen wrench with Allen screws & the rectangular washers. You need to place the plastic cleats and align them properly with the sole of your Peloton shoe.
The cleat is unique because it comes with three cleat plate holes. And the sole has alignment numbers that you can use to adjust your cleats for your comfort. To adjust the Peloton cleat position, you need to align the three dots on the cleat holes with the horizontal and diagonal numbers located on the shoe’s sole.
Once you find the perfect alignment position, you should proceed to place the washers. For that, attach the backside of the cleats with your shoe’s sole, make sure to align them properly. Now place the washers with the front side up and place the screws in the washers.
You don’t need to screw them tightly at first. Ensure that the screws are placed according to your alignment. Then proceed to screw them properly. Once you feel the screws are tightly placed, your cleat installation should be done. A big mistake that many newcomers make is that they screw the screws too tightly. Avoid that as it might lead to permanent damage to your Peloton shoes.
Step-2: Loosening the Shoes
Every Peloton shoe comes with two Velcro straps and a buckle. And it would be best if you loosened them up properly before putting your feet in. Now, loosening the shoes from the Velcro straps is easy; you just pull out. But many face problems with the buckle.
But the process is quite simple, to loosen the locked buckle, simply press the button on the buckle, and it will instantly open with a snap. The button is located in the middle of the buckle and has a rectangular shape. After opening the buckle, loosen the buckle strap until you reach your preferred loosen state for the shoes.
Step-3: Putting Your Feet in the Peloton Shoes
This is the easiest part, but there are a few factors that you need to keep in mind. First of all, put your cycling socks on. Don’t put in your feet barefoot or normal socks, as that will just make you uncomfortable and can also be bad for your feet.
Also, be gentle if it is your first time putting the shoes on. You must also put your entire feet in on the shoe. There have been some cases where people leave their heels hanging. That’s not comfortable and right at all.
And overall, ensure that your foot is rested safely and properly. If you feel even a little bit of discomfort, then you shouldn’t start spinning until the issue is resolved.
Step-4: Buckling Up Your Peloton Shoes
Now that you’ve put in your Peloton shoe and ensured that it had fitted perfectly, you need to buckle up by tightening and locking the buckle along with the Velcro straps.
To tight the buckle, just pull the strap until you reach your preferred tightness. Then pull up the adjustment or locking button and release it with some force. Your buckle should be locked.
Next, put on the Velcro straps, and just like before, make sure that the tightness is to your comfort. Because if it gets uncomfortable with the tightness, then you won’t be able to perform optimally. And that is something that we all want to avoid.
And that’s it. If you have followed the mentioned steps properly, you have now put on your Peloton shoes properly. Now let’s move on to how to put clips on spin shoes or Peloton shoes properly.
How to Clip Your Peloton Shoes into Bike Pedals
Now, the process of clipping your Peloton shoes into your Peloton bike pedals is very simple and easy. If you know how to clip into spin bikes, then the process is the same because, like all spin bikes on the market, Peloton spin bikes follow the same rules regarding clipping in shoes.
Here are the steps that you will need to follow to clip your shoes properly into the bike pedals:
Step-1: Standing with Your Legs Apart on Each Side of Your Peloton Bike
The standing posture is essential for a perfect clipping. First, stand with one foot on either side of the bike. Make sure that your legs are comfortably apart from each other. Use the bike’s handlebars to adjust your posture and balance. Once you have adjusted and balanced your body properly, you can proceed towards the pedals.
Step-2: Putting the Shoes into the Pedals
Now, put your hands on the bike’s handlebars and use your foot to bring the pedal on your dominant side to the 6 o’clock position. The positioning is crucial as you won’t be able to use maximum pressure unless the pedals are in that position.
Next, make sure that the pedals are facing up and now, as the pedals are facing upwards, point your toes down to fit your Peloton shoe’s cleat into the pedals opening. Push down through your heel until you hear a click sound. If you hear the sound, then you will know that the cleat has perfectly snapped into the bike’s pedal.
Step-3: Wiggling Your Shoe
Once you hear the click sound, you should wiggle your shoe from side to side to ensure that your shoes are placed without any problems. If your shoes come off with a bit of wiggling, then it wasn’t correctly placed, and you should try the previous steps once again.
But if your shoes are attached to the bike’s pedals, then it is safe to say that you have appropriately attached your Peloton shoes with the bike’s pedal. Now, follow the same process with your other leg and attach the shoe to the other pedal.
And that’s it. This is how you can clip into your bike pedals with your Peloton shoes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions over how to put and clip in Peloton shoes:
1. How can I clip out with my Peloton shoes?
In order to clip out from the bike, you need to kick your outwards. You will need to use moderate force as you will feel a bit of resistance. But it won’t be painful.
Now, if you are still having trouble clipping out of your bike, you can use the resistance knob. While holding into the resistance knob, use your full weight on your other feet and use a bit of force to clip out your foot.
Once one of your feet is clipped out from the pedals, the other one comes out easily.
You can also use the resistance knob to clip in your foot if you are facing problems clipping in.
2. Should I loosen the screws of my Peloton bike’s pedals to fit my shoes?
Peloton doesn’t recommend that you loosen the screws of your bike’s pedals. But if loosening helps you to reach your comfort zone, then you should do it. But beware not to loosen the paddles too much that they might come off during training.
3. I can’t clip in no matter which method I try; what’s the solution?
If you can’t clip in, no matter which method you try, then it is possible that you may have gotten faulty cleats from Peloton. Check your cleats if they have a rectangle in the middle. If so, then your cleats are flawed, as there should be a circle in the middle.
Contact Peloton, and they will change your cleats as soon as possible if this happens.
4. Should my toe reach the end of the Peloton shoe?
No, there should be minimal space between your toe and the end of your Peloton shoe. Because if your toe reaches the end of your Peloton shoe, then your workout session will be very uncomfortable, to say the least.
5. Do I need to wear Peloton shoes to work out on my Peloton bike?
You can use other shoes like sneakers for your Peloton bike, but it’s not recommended. But if you want to use it anyway, then you will have to add a toe cage on your sneakers before you can start using them on your Peloton bike.
Working out on a Peloton bike is quite draining and very helpful for your body. But you can’t bring out your true potential unless you have properly put on your Peloton shoes and clipped them perfectly into your bike’s pedals.
And if you have come this far of the article, then it is safe to say that now you know how to put on Peloton shoes and clip into the pedal. So, we believe it’s time for you to start spinning the bike and start getting your body into the shape that you always wanted.