How to get peloton shoes off bike

Peloton is a stationary bike that you can use for your indoor cardio workouts and it comes with a screen to allow you to join live classes, with a tutor and a community of spinners.

However, in order for you to ride the Peloton bike, you will need special cycling shoes or a pair of Peloton shoes, which has a 3-hole cleat design like the Delta cleat or SPD-SL cleat.

To help you get started, we will share with you how to successfully take off your peloton shoes after your workout.

How to Get Peloton Shoes Off Bike

Method 1

This method is for unclipping peloton cycling shoes under normal situations.

Step 1: Stop Pedaling

After your indoor cycling workout, slowly bring your bike to a stop or instantly stop the bike by pressing down the resistance knob, however, using the resistance knob is not the wisest thing to do.

Step 2: 6 o’clock Pedal Position

 First, unclip the cycling shoe from your dominant foot. For instance, if your dominant foot is your right foot, then take off the Peloton shoe from that foot first. The same rule if you are left-footed.

Bring your dominant foot at 6’oclock position and press the resistance knob down, for the movement to help stabilize the Peloton pedals.

Step 3: Unclip from the bike pedal

While you are keeping your foot at a 6 o’clock position, twist and kick it away from the pedals.

Take note that it is normal to feel a little resistance from the reaction force of the cycling cleat and the Peloton bike pedal connection.

When you release one leg, you can get off your Peloton bike and lift the other foot easily by just kicking your heels outwards with moderate force to release your other foot.

Method 2

This second method is for when you get stuck while unclipping Peloton shoes or spin shoes.

Step 1: Take your feet off the shoes

If your Peloton cleats are stuck on the pedal, the first thing you should do is to take your feet off the shoes, so you can easily get off your exercise bike. 

If your indoor cycling shoes remain stuck on the Peloton pedals after removing your feet, then leave it as it is.

Step 2: 12 O’clock Pedal Position

Move the Peloton pedal to a 12 o’clock position or lock both pedals at a suitable position rather than just keeping one at a 12 o’clock position.

Step 3: Resistance Knob

If you are having problems clipping out of your bike, it is best to hold the resistance knob down and twist it fully to the right.

While turning the knob, you will feel some resistance which indicates that the pedals are stable and will not be able to move.

However, you have to make sure that the Peloton pedals are in position before tightening the resistance knob.

Step 4: Tension Screw

While the pedals are upside down, twist it and locate the tension screw at the bottom of the pedal.

Once you have seen the tension screws, get a 3mm hex key or 4mm allen wrench, depending on the type of pedal, and loosen these tension screws.

It is not advisable to loosen the tension screws frequently as this will damage the pedals. Remember that after you loosen these screws you have to tighten them back again to avoid getting disengaged.

Step 5: Remove Cleats

Once the pedals are back into its normal position and you notice the Peloton logo, press it down with your palm while holding the tension clip with the other palm. If this doesn’t work well, try twisting the cleats and then press down again.

Apply moderate pressure if needed as this will not break the cleats or the pedal. You can also pry the cleats sideways while applying light pressure.

Tips for Getting Peloton Shoes Off Bike

  • Do not be afraid to apply moderate force if you feel some resistance due to the strength of the cleat connection.
  • Once you have taken off your Peloton bike shoe from one of the pedals, it will be easy to remove the other shoe.
  • Remember to remove the shoe from your dominant foot first.
  • If you are having a hard time, it is best to fully lean on the pedals by gripping the bike’s resistance knob tightly.
  • Remember to tighten the tension screws of each pedal after loosening them and before starting your indoor cycling workout.

How to Attach and Tighten Cleats

Step 1: Positioning

Place each cleat over one of the three screw holes on the bottom of the Peloton shoes. Next is to put the washers in the cleats’ recesses and a screw into each screw hole.

Do not tighten until later.

Step 2: Alignment

It is best to face your cleats forward and in line with your toes wherein the line from the heel to toe is straight.

Make sure the cleat’s center is aligned with the ball of the foot on the shoe and set the cleat as close to the inside of the shoe for the washer to fit, near the arch.

Step 3: Tighten Screws and Test

Tighten the screws with the 4 millimeter hex key to connect them with the shoes.

Start pedaling to make sure that the pressure falls in the ball of your feet and to see if your cleat is correctly balanced.

Step 4: Double Check

Check the cleats to make sure that they are straight and if you are experiencing any pain in your feet, knees or thighs.

The screws can loosen over time and may cause your cleats to move. You may also find it harder to unclip peloton shoes and may hear some noise coming from the cleats, if they are loose, so you have to make sure to straighten your cleats and tighten the screws to fix these issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cleats are compatible with Peloton bikes?

Any cycling shoe that has a 3-bolt cleat mount is compatible with Peloton bikes, often used are SPD-SL or Look Delta cleats..

Additionally, anyone with wide or narrow feet will find comfort in other brands of cycling shoes, like Shimano, Giro, Time, Specialized, Lake and Sidi.

Do toe clips make a difference?

When compared to clipless pedals, toe clips will not require cycling specific shoes to function, and they are often less expensive than a set of clipless pedals.

Toe cages, toe clips and straps or velcro strap are the most efficient method for securing your feet to the bike pedals, for a long time. Then came clipless pedals that can literally clip into the pedal.

Whether you use a toe clip or clipless pedals, when your feet are strapped to the bike, you will be able to get a great amount of pedaling energy. Therefore, toe clips make a difference.

What does peloton interactive do?

Peloton is a large interactive fitness platform with a loyal community of more than 4 million members.

They pioneered connected, technology-enabled fitness and the streaming of immersive, instructor-led boutique classes to their members through the peloton app.

Can you wear sneakers on a Peloton?

You can wear your sneakers on a Peloton, however, it is recommended to use special cycling shoes to be able to attach the peloton toe cages to the pedals.

Using peloton cycling shoes will help you generate more pedaling energy which will make the workout more efficient.

What is the difference between SPD and SPD-SL cleats?

The difference between SPD cleats and SPD-SL cleats is that SPD is more or less synonymous with mountain bike shoes or SPD pedals, while SPD-SL is mainly used for road cycling shoes. 

Both of these still have the ability to hold your feet in contact with pedals, which are better than using regular shoes for a flat pedal.

Can you use SPD clips on peloton?

You can put an SPD clip on a peloton shoe, but they will not be compatible with the peloton pedals, this is because peloton pedals only accommodate SPD-SL and Look Delta. Therefore, if you will use SPD, then you have to switch the peloton pedals too.


To get your Peloton shoes off the bike, you need to slowly stop pedalling first, then move the pedals in the proper position before unclipping the cycling shoe from your dominant foot. 

If your peloton shoes get stuck, use the second method we’ve listed above to effectively get your shoes off the bike.

Do not worry about using moderate force if you feel resistance from the cleat connection and always make sure to double check and tighten loose screws before beginning your workout again.

Finally, make sure that your cycling shoes, pedals and all other components are all compatible for your Peloton bike to make sure you have a smooth, comfortable and enjoyable workout. 

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