Now that you got your new Peloton bike, you must be eager to start spinning on it. On the other hand, you feel nervous, wondering whether you will handle everything correctly.
For this reason, we have come up with this guide, based on research on experience, reviews, and even the peloton bike QA. Better still is what the peloton instructors themselves had to say about the perfect peloton bike setup.
Peloton Bike Setup for Beginner to Avoid Possible Injury
1. Setting Up the Bike
Ensure you have a level ground in your house for the bike. A bike mat is necessary, not only to protect your floor but also to protect your bike from flooring debris and dust. Having the bike on level ground is a safety measure, as you cannot imagine what will happen should the bike slide of a tilting ground and fall. Whether on the bike or around, you will surely suffer. Hence, take these precautionary measures.
When the bike is finally settled, you can try shaking it. the bike should be sturdy hence stable. If it is rocking and moving, check for the area of movement and tighten the bolts. Unscrew the leveling feet until you feel the bike is finally settled.
2. Seat Adjustment
The seat is adjustable by the depth and by height, which will ensure that you are comfortable and free from any form of strain during the exercise. Take advantage of these measures to make yourself comfortable.
Turn the height adjustment L-handle by your seat counterclockwise, and this move will loosen the seat. Then, lower or raise the seat using approximate measurements. You can then turn the L-handle clockwise, which will tighten the seat.
Onto the seat depth; seat depth dictates the distance between the seat and the handles. Turn the seat depth L-handle counterclockwise, with the aim of loosening it. Once it is loose enough, move the seat forward or backward accordingly. After that, tighten the L-handle.
The height of the seat should be parallel to the hip bone so that you ride as required. When you get on the bike and pedal, your foot should bend slightly when you are at the lowest point. When you cycle forward and your foot is 90 degrees, say the 3.00 angle of the clock, the ball of the foot should be directly under the knee.
If this is not the case, then readjust the fore and aft of the seat. Seat height adjustment may take time, but trust me, it’s the only way to avoid knee and leg pains.
On the other hand, the depth of the seat should allow the distance set between the seat and handlebars to equal the distance between your elbow and fingertips.
3. Adjusting the Handles
You are not done with the seat depth adjustment until the handle adjustment is fine. This is because they are connected.
Start by turning the handlebars L-handle anticlockwise to loosen the handlebars. Adjust the height, which should match the height you settled on with the seat. Tighten the handlebars by turning the L-handle clockwise.
At this point, sit on your bike and try to reach the handles. As we said earlier, the depth of the seat should allow the distance set between the seat and handlebars to equal the distance between your elbow and fingertips. Remember this line? Good.
Wait, there’s more; ensure you don’t find yourself giving your handlebars a tight grip. This might render your hands and palms painful by the time you are through. That’s not even the main issue.
If you find yourself tightly gripping onto the handlebars, then you are probably straining to reach them. Readjust the seat depth to bring the seat closer to the handlebars, thereby solving the issue.
Good for you. That being said, now you can confidently sit on your bike. This is the perfect peloton bike positioning; the arms will be slightly bent, hands naturally resting on the handlebars without stressing them up. The leg that is reaching the lowest part when on the pedal will be slightly bent.
When you reach this position, your bike seat and handles are well set up.
4. Pedal Clipping in and Out
Put on your shoes, which will definitely have the Look Delta or SPD-SL cleats fitted in. when done, hop onto your bike. Lower your left foot, or right, as you prefer, and gently point your toes down. The aim will be to clip in the cleats to the pedal. A creaking sound will assure you of the connection. Repeat this with your remaining foot. With time you will learn to clip in simultaneously.
Try pedaling when clipped in, just to enjoy the feel of it, and confirm that you are set correctly.
When its time to clip out your shoe from the pedals, simply kick your heel away from the bike, which will disconnect the two.
You are right; you are done with this. Better still, we are almost done.
You have to set up your resistance in a way that makes you have a feel of the road grit. Turning the resistance knob right increases resistance while turning it left decreases resistance. Interestingly, when you turn the knob down you get an emergency brake.
Amazingly, increasing resistance adds more to your peloton output as compared to cadence.
The above tips will ensure you never get an injury on the peloton, if you follow faithfully. Nevertheless, you need to check your peloton bike setup every once in a while, to ensure that it is still suitable for you.
Moreover, check in your body fitness at least weekly to ensure that there is no misalignment. This could be caused by the long use of the bike, whose posture will always remain the same. Engaging in other workout activities will help avoid or at the least minimize this. Thankfully, Peloton archives provides for activities that go a long way into complementing your spinning exercise.
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