With a traditional bicycle, installing or fixing the bike pedal is as simple as loosening and tightening a few screws. However, with an advanced machine like the Peloton Bike, it’s not that easy.
You need to learn how to change and fix the pedals properly to avoid causing any long-term damage to the bike. Scroll down to read our extensive guide below.
How to replace Peloton pedals
A lot of things can go wrong when you are learning how to change a new pedal for your Peloton Bike. Sometimes, you may use the wrong tools and the pedals will end up busted or cannot function properly. So, learning to change them properly will not only make your workout experience better, but will inherently make the workout results more reliable.
Furthermore, the loosening and tightening mechanisms of Peloton Bikes are vastly different from those of your traditional bicycles. If you don’t know the correct way to do it, you may end up with a broken pedal. In worse cases, you can even break your precious Peloton Bike.
This is why learning how to change Peloton pedals properly is absolutely important.
What to prepare
You simply cannot fix or install a Peloton pedal without the right techniques and tools. If you want to correctly change or fix a Peloton pedal, a 15mm box-end wrench is your most trusted companion. If you do not have a 15mm wrench, a good alternative would be an 8mm one, but it will be harder to use.
A 15mm wrench comes with your Peloton Bike purchase as a package. Of course, you can use your own, as long as it is the same size.
You should avoid using an adjustable wrench, or a normal pedal wrench, as they can’t grasp the pedal bolt properly and will damage mechanic parts inside the bike.
How to remove the left pedal
As mentioned in the opening, a Peloton Bike is vastly different from a traditional bike, and the left pedal is one of those differences. To be more specific, the left pedal of the bike is reverse-threaded, which means when you thread the pedal out, clockwise is the way to go.
To remove the left pedal of the Peloton Bike, you need to:
- Place the jaws of the 15mm wrench (or 8) well over the crank arm gap.
- Turn the wrench at a 90-degree position, which helps a lot with removing the pedal as it prevents cross-threading the pedal bolt.
- Slowly turn the wrench clockwise.
How to remove the right pedal
Unlike the left pedal, the right pedal of the Peloton Bike is traditionally threaded, which means it has right-pedal threading. This makes for an easier removing experience.
Here’s how to remove the right pedal of a Peloton bike:
- Put the 15mm (or 8) wrench between the crank arm and the pedal
- Loosen the right pedal of the Peloton Bike like you do with a regular bike
- Turn the bolt in a clockwise direction. That’s it!
After you loosen the bolt enough, use your hand to take the pedal out.
How to install Peloton pedals
These are the 4 easiest-to-follow steps if you want to install a new Peloton pedal onto your Bike:
Step 1: Check the condition of the threads inside the crank arm
Before installing the pedals, it is essential to check the crank and the threads inside to make sure they don’t interfere with the results of your Peloton workout.
You can identify good crank arms by checking the grooves. If you don’t see deep and even grooves on your crank arms, consider changing them as well. Good threads will make sure you have a smooth workout session.
Another important thing is that you make sure the pedal bolts are not too tight. If you apply too much force, you may end up breaking them, affecting the cadence sensor and the accuracy of the calories burned output. Furthermore, tight pedal bolts may cause problems when you want to remove the pedals later.
Step 2: Make sure the crank arm and the flywheel are secured in their place
For this next step, turn the resistance knob on your bike all the way to the right. This helps to make sure that the crank and the flywheel are both secured in their place on the bike.
Step 3: Establish the left and right pedals/where they go on the bike
This step is the easiest one as the pedals of your Peloton bikes are marked very clearly between the left and the right one, so no worries.
The sides are marked using letters, R is for Right and L is for Left. The letters are not as big as one would hope, but it is fairly easy to spot them on the pedals with normal vision.
Step 4: Lock in the bolts for the pedals
Finally, we come to the most important and most difficult task: Tightening the bolts for the pedals.
A good rule of thumb is that one should not use too much force when locking in the bolts for the pedals, as it will be incredibly tough to remove when you want to change the pedals again.
When you torque the bolts in, just give them a little bit of force and that’s all. The Peloton Bikes come with a built-in automatic tightening system built inside the bike. When you exercise, the bike will tighten itself just enough for you to feel comfortable.
When the pedals become cross-threaded or the threads inside the crank arm are damaged, you can always install new pedals following this guide.
Tips for maintaining Peloton pedals
Adjust the tension
Adjusting the tension of the pedals will help if you find the pedals loosening up and need a more comfortable posture when exercising. These screws for tension are on the back of the pedals. They are designed to give a secure attachment to your cleats/shoes.
Since our physique and preferences change pretty often, it is recommended that you adjust the tension frequently for the best comfort. Here’s how:
- Invert the pedal so you can see the screws.
- On the screws, you can see a plus and minus sign right above them.
- A 3mm Allen key is the right tool to use if you want to loosen some of the pedal tension. Simply rotate the screw nearer to the minus sign (which is counterclockwise). You should only turn one-quarter at a time. With each turn, you should try clipping in again.
- If you want to tighten the tension, simply turn the screw clockwise only one-quarter at a time. Try clipping in after each turn.
Tighten Peloton pedals
Peloton recommends checking and/or changing your pedals every month for the best experience. Also, now and then, to maintain the bike best, you should make sure that the pedals are locked and secured. Here are some things you need to take note of:
- Spin the resistance knob to the right before tightening the pedals to better secure the crank and flywheel.
- If you want to tighten the left pedal, just turn the pedal counterclockwise since the left pedal is reverse-threaded.
- If you want to tighten the right pedal, just turn the pedal clockwise since the right pedal is normally threaded.
As you can see, learning how to properly change the pedals on your Peloton Bike is very important in having a comfortable workout experience. With this guide, we hope you can now fix the pedals on your bike and exercise more efficiently.
1. What kinds of pedals do Peloton bikes have?
Peloton Bikes come with Look Delta pedals. These are red in color, and triangle in shape. You need to wear special shoes to clip onto these pedals.
2. What kind of shoe cages work best with Peloton pedals?
Generally, spin shoes work best with Peloton pedals. eBay also sells amazing third-party toe cages that work wonders with the Peloton pedals and other types of shoes you may have.
3. Can you use regular shoes for Peloton bikes?
With sneakers or tennis shoes, you can use toe or shoe cages and they will work fine with the Peloton pedals and give you a pleasant workout experience.
For cycling shoes, if they come pre-installed with delta clips then you are good to go. If not, you should consider changing the SPD cleats out for some delta clips.