Wiki Wednesday: Preparing for delivery and where to set up your bike

Hi Friends!

Welcome back to Wiki Wednesday! I am using WW as a tool to engage the community and get feedback on our wiki, which is always a work in progress. This is our third Wiki Wednesday. Since the new bike has launched and we are headed into another holiday season, we are expecting another boom in new buyers. As such, I am trying to refresh stuff in the wiki for our new friends!

Previous Wiki Wednesday Posts

This week we will discuss how to prepare for delivery and where to set up your new bike! It’s an exciting time, but you’ll want to have things ready to go for when your bike arrives.

For those with a bike, bike+, or DIY bike please fill out this survey

Things discussed:

  1. Delivery Checklist for Bike and Bike+

  2. Where to set up your new bike a. Footprint of bike b. Ceiling height c. Distance from walls d. Flooring e. Ventilation f. Normal space considerations

I’d love to get feedback:

  1. from folks who recently took delivery to see if there is anything I can add to the delivery checklist – especially if there is anything different regarding the Bike+

  2. Photo of the bike tool kit for original bike

  3. Photo of the bike tool kit for the bike+

  4. Any new space considerations for the Bike+ (bike arm, any differences for ceiling height, etc)

Delivery Checklist

Current wiki bike delivery checklist

When taking a new bike for delivery, you will want to carefully inspect your bike carefully before your first ride. You will need to verify that you have received all the components necessary to use your bike, verify that your bike has been properly assembled, and that the tablet works with bike as intended.

Pre-covid your bike was assembled in home but we still recommended going through this checklist with the delivery team to ensure your bike functioned as intended because anything that was broken or not functioning as intended could be quickly addressed while the delivery team was still there.

However, due to covid – delivery has changed significantly. Some folks have had luck with asking the delivery team to wait at threshold while you power on and set up the bike to make sure it works as intended. However, most have not. If you can put a plug at threshold and quickly go through these steps, it may ensure your bike was delivered as intended.

NOTE: This is a bare minimum checklist.

Task Status
Accessories may come with bike or shipped separately, verify with delivery team
Verify you have all components for bike: bag of allen keys and multi-wrench, 3 white plastic pieces for calibration, power brick w/ detachable cord (required) between brick and wall
Verify that the plastic water bottle holders aren’t cracked
Verify that you have all hardware to mount tablet
Check the horizontal bolt in bottom of U-shaped monitor arm to make sure it hasn’t been pushed through the rubber on one side. The bolt goes from (sitting on bike) the right into the left side, but should not have ripped out the rubber siding on the left
Inspect all ports and plugs for any damage prior to plugging in
Inspect that pedals are not cross threaded in crank arm
Inspect all bolts and screws are adequately fastened
Inspect that all plugs are securely and snugly in place
If using Peloton shoes: should include red clips + 3 square washers and 3 screws, per cleat
Inspect that cleats are properly and securely tightened to shoes
Verity that tablet powers on
Verify that bike activates by entering activation code provided in email
Connect to your personal wifi
Log into bike or create profile to log into bike
Test/verify metrics are registering and displayed
Start a class and pedal and move resistance for at least 60 seconds then exit and save, check it uploaded metrics (60seconds is minimum time needed for class to save into history)
Turn the resistance knob from 0-100 and verify that the knob moves smoothly. You shouldn’t feel the knob getting stuck at any point
Pedal for several minutes to verify the bike is silent and creates no odd noises. Ideally, you’ll want to do this at a resistance over 40

Where to set up your new bike

Current wiki on where to set up your bike

If you’ve seen the commercials, it is obvious that the ideal and Peloton recommended location is in your penthouse, yacht, solarium or other extremely exquisite location. However, us common folk without mansions or high rises may have to find another suitable location. So where is the best place to put it?

You’ll want to consider the following factors:

  • What is the normal use of the space?

  • Footprint of the Bike/Bike+

  • Ceiling Height

  • Floor type

  • Ceiling height

  • Proximity to walls

  • Ventilation, temperature control, and humidity

Normal use of the space

Unless you’re setting up the bike in a room that will be dedicated to your home gym you will want to consider what you use the room for normally. The bike itself is very quiet. Usually your heavy breathing and clipping in/out of the bike is the noisiest part of operating the bike. Many people have their bikes in their living rooms, bedrooms, and home offices without disturbing other members of their household.

If you’re needing to reduce noise consider the following:

  • If you’re concerned that clipping in/out will wake the baby or sleeping spouse you can leave your shoes clipped into the pedals.

  • You can use headphones instead of broadcasting over the tablet or speakers.

Bike and Bike+ Footprint

Original Peloton Bike Peloton Bike+
Footprint 4′ L x 2′ W, Dimension Total: 59″ L x 53″ H x 23″ W

Ceiling height

Yes, ceiling height matters. Depending on your height, you may have trouble with out of the saddle work (climbing), stretching, or arm/weight intervals seated on the bike. The bike adds about 5 inches to your overall height when out of the saddle. So if you’re 6’3” standing, you’ll be close to 6’8” climbing/out of the saddle. Depending on your wingspan, 8′ ceilings should be sufficient for most people 6’3” for out of the saddle work but may not be enough for arm clearance.

Distance from walls

Many of the bike classes involve “arm workouts” where you stay seated on the bike and use small dumbbells. As such, you’ll want to consider having your bike in a location with enough space so you can do these movements.

If you are tall or have a giant wingspan, you may need a little more space.

One of our members is 6’1” and states he has 4.5′ around his bike and can complete the arm movements without trouble.

Flooring

What kind of flooring will the bike sit on? If you’re on a hard surface such as hardwood, laminate, tile, concrete, etc you will be fine to be just on a mat. Level your bike using the stabilizing feet as seen in this video

Bikes on Carpet are a different story…

The bike, while well built, also relies on a sturdy stable surface. If your bike is on tile, laminate, or hard wood floors, placing the bike on a mat would be sufficient. However, if your bike is on carpet you may find that it wobbles about a bit. For added stability on carpet, many users have found that adding a firm board under the mat. 0.75-1.0 inch plywood (oak or maple is preferred) cut to the size of your mat or just under (e.g. 72×36). It’s suggested to cut at the size of your mat or just under so you can easily hide the plywood with your mat.

Level your bike using the stabilizing feet as seen in this video

Ventilation, Humidity, Temperature Control

First, you don’t want to store your new bike outside. Please don’t ask if you can. I don’t care where you live, it’s not smart. Both bikes have very sensitive tech and hardware that are easily damaged due to temperature changes, humidity, and theft. Support will not honor warranty claims for you storing your bike on your patio. Similarly, unless you live in a very stable climate with comfortable temperatures – you will NOT want to put your bike in your garage unless it is a temperature and climate controlled garage. Ask yourself, will you want to work out in the summer when your garage is 110 degrees? Will your bike even operate in that kind of temperature?

Additionally, many people ask about “gym smell” or how to prevent your multipurpose room from smelling like a nasty jock strap. Many people have not found their Peloton making a lot of gym stank.

Below are a few important factors to consider:

Ventilation: The larger, more ventilated room, the more air flow you’ll have. It is not recommended to put in a small closet that has no ventilation or air flow. We recommend using a fan to help with airflow mostly for your own comfort, but it will help dissipate the smells too. Additionally, you can use an air purifier. Sweat has bacteria which can cause odors. It is recommended to wipe down your Peloton and mat after use which should help with preventing stank. For cleaning, you can find our bike care and maintenance recommendations in our wiki (we will have an in depth Wiki Wednesday on this in the future).

Humidity: How humid is the area you’re considering? Garages, attics, and basements that are not connected to your home’s ventilation system probably will have wildly varying humidity. High humidity locations can affect the hardware and electronic components of the bike. Some basements are prone to flooding, also a poor choice to put an expensive piece of exercise equipment that is prone to being affected by water! If you have a normal, finished or unfinished basement without water problems but has normal temperature control and ventilation like the rest of your house – you will probably be more than okay.

Temperature Control: You will not want to locate your Peloton or home gym in an area that isn’t temperature controlled. The electronic components are affected by extreme temperatures. But probably more importantly, as a human you will not want to workout in extreme temperatures. If it’s summer, and your garage is 105F, you would be miserable. If it’s winter, and there is a polar vortex your bike probably won’t turn on and you would likely be miserable biking in a winter coat and ski pants.