Will my spin shoes work on a Peloton?

…aka some basic stuff about Pedal + Cleat + Shoe

This is a tricky question because technically, any shoes can work with the Peloton bike as long as they have the proper pedals installed. The pedals on a Peloton, like most indoor bikes can be customized based on your preference. The stock pedals are compatible with only Look Delta cleats. Therefore to use those pedals, your shoes will also need to be compatible with Look Delta cleats. Compatible shoes will need to have three holes on the sole to allow for the cleats to be installed properly.

If your shoes only have two holes they will not work with the stock Peloton pedals. Some shoes allow for either type. Others, like popular brand Tiem Athletic only make shoes that work with SPD. Your option here is to either replace your pedals or select new shoes. Switching out your pedals may sound daunting but is actually quite simple, as shown here by the pelo-infamous John Mills. Schwinn Triple Link Pedals are a popular option because they allow for both types of shoes as well as sneaker cages.

Most gyms and studio bikes typically use SPD compatible pedals. A few (like SoulCycle and Flywheel) have double sided pedals that work with Look Delta and SPD. Ironically, commercial Peloton bikes in hotels typically have pedals with SPD on one side and sneaker cages on the other side, which means your Peloton branded shoes will not work with them.

What is your favorite brand of cycling shoes? Have you tried switching out your pedals?

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  1. I just bought a Peloton due to COVID-19 causing all gyms to shut down. My Spin instructor told me she swapped out the pedals on her Peloton so I purchased a set of Shimano SPD pedals; my husband and I already have several pairs of cycling shoes that we used in our Spin classes and felt it was cheaper to buy new pedals instead of each of us getting new shoes. It was fairly easy for him to change the pedals and they seem to work fine, except for one pair that made a strange noise while riding out of the saddle. Our shoes have the SM-SH51 and the SM-SH56 cleats, which both work equally well with the pedals.

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