Owning a Peloton is exciting, and being a more premium product, it’s also a bit like having another child in the house. You care for it and love it, and at some point, you will have to move it, but you don’t want to damage the bike or your back. You can’t help but wonder, “is it even possible for one person to move it?”
It is entirely possible for one person to move a Peloton bike, especially if you do not need to traverse any stairs. Be sure to remove the screen and all the components first. Next, tilt the bike onto the two wheels on the front “leg” and then carefully push or pull the bike to move it.
Before you jump in, remember that Peloton’s warranty doesn’t extend to accidentally riding the bike down a stairwell. Or the damage to your body if it falls on you, so make sure you move the bike safely and properly..
How To Move A Peloton Bike By Yourself
It should be obvious that bodybuilders and lifters will find moving the bike a lot easier than smaller people. However, if you are absolutely unsure, ask a friend to help you and avoid the risk of injuring yourself.
Preface: Peloton Bikes Are Heavy And Awkward
Peloton bikes are relatively heavy pieces of equipment. In fact, at a weight of 135 to 140 pounds, they are heavier than the average high school cheerleader.
However, most people who have moved them will tell you that it isn’t the bike’s weight that is the problem; it’s the awkward shape.
The bike takes up a surface area of 4ft by 2ft, but that isn’t to say it’s a square box. Instead, it’s like trying to carry a heavy, frozen spider that has bits and bobs protruding from all angles.
Furthermore, if you need to lift it completely off the floor, then it doesn’t offer much in the way of centralized grip either.
I have read about one guy who gripped it in a sort of “bear-hug” and managed to move it down a flight of stairs like that. Sounds painful, but I’m glad he succeeded.
Step 1 – Unplug The Power
The first thing you will need to do is to unplug the main power supply from the bike. Some people do it as the last step, but it’s best to do this first. Otherwise, you risk forgetting about it and potentially damaging the power adapter or the bike’s socket if you move it with the power still attached.
Step 2 – Remove And Stow The Screen
Next, you want to be extra careful to remove the most delicate part of the bike: the screen. Any scratch on that screen will stare at you every time you use the bike as if whispering, “you failed to protect me.”
Two cables run into the back of the screen; a data cable and a power cable; make sure that you remove both. If you need to, you can use a rubber band, hair tie, or zip tie to secure the dangling wires to the bike’s frame.
Now you want to get a soft towel or fleece blanket and lay it on a table nearby. Again, do this before you take off the screen.
There are a few screws that you need to undo to detach the bike from the frame. The standard Peloton bike uses Phillips head screws, while the plus model has Allen keys.
With the screws removed, you can lay the screen face-down on the prepped blanket. I suggest folding the blanket around the screen carefully and placing it in a box.
Step 3 – Remove All The Carriers And Brackets
Your bike has loads of handy storage brackets attached that can hold everything from your water bottle to a set of weights. There are several stories of people trying to move their bikes with everything in place only to have a weight landing on their toes.
Instead, unscrew all the brackets and holders, and keep them together neatly in the same box.
On that note: you will likely need to crank the resistance setting all the way to be able to get the bottle cage off.
Step 4 – Set The Seat And Handlebars Down
With all the added bits out the way, you can now lower the seat and handlebars and secure them in place. This helps resolve some of the awkwardness of the shape of the bike when you are moving it.
Step 5 – Tilt And Roll The Bike
At this point, it’s time to initiate operation “Peloton Solo Move.” There are two wheels on the front leg of the bike that resemble the wheels on inline skates. You need to tilt the bike to get its center of gravity over the wheels.
There are two options to do this. One way is to stand in front of the bike, grip the handlebars, kick against the front leg and pull back. This will pull the rear of the bike off the ground. Keep pulling back until you feel the bike almost balancing on the wheels. You can now move your bike.
This video shows you exactly how to move the bike from the front:
The other option is to stand at the back of the bike. First, bend down and grip the back leg of the bike. Then, keeping your back straight, use a dead-lift motion to pick up the bike’s rear, and then you can push and pull it on the wheels.
If you are standing behind it, you may find it harder to get the bike’s weight over the wheels. Still, it may also be easier to move it in that “wheelbarrow” position for long stretches.
Have a look at this video on how to move the bike from behind:
Can You Move Your Peloton Bike Down/Up Stairs Alone?
Many people wonder whether you can move the bike up or down a flight of stairs alone. In my opinion, the answer is not a matter of whether you can or not, but whether if you should.
It is far better to just phone a friend to help prevent damage to your bike or body.
Peloton bikes have small wheels on the front leg, which allow you to tilt the bike and roll it around. Just make sure that you unplug the bike, and remove the screen and all of the attachments. Once that is done, you can tilt the bike from the front or back and roll it on the wheels.
Peloton bikes are heavy and awkward, so if you need to pick the bike up off the ground for some reason, it may be better to ask a friend to help you than try to do it yourself. Remember that your warranty doesn’t extend to negligent damage from trying to move the bike by yourself.