When spending thousands of dollars on high-end workout equipment, the last thing you need is for the equipment not to function properly. If you have bought a new Peloton Bike recently and it shakes, rocks, or wobbles when you ride it, there are some easy remedies that you can try to fix the problem.
Many Peloton owners find that their Peloton shakes the floor when riding. If you are experiencing a rocking or wobbling motion when riding your Peloton, it can be due to the stabilizing feet not being deployed properly. When stationed on a deep-pile carpet, users typically experience shaking.
If you find that none of the below remedies eliminate the shaking when riding on your Peloton Bike, it might be that you were the recipient of a unit that’s not properly manufactured. Reading through some Peloton forum threads has alerted my attention that some Peloton Bike+ models shake, rock, and wobble from the time it’s set up. Make sure to contact Peloton if you receive a shaking model.
Why Does A Peloton Shake The Floor When Riding?
When riding your Peloton bike, you’re likely to encounter shaking in one of the following three scenarios, pertaining to the surface you are riding on, the initial incorrect setup of the Peloton bike, or faulty engineering found in the new Peloton Bike+.
The following sensations can be felt when your Peloton has been set up incorrectly, on a surface that’s less than ideal, or when your bike’s design isn’t structurally sound:
The Peloton Bike Is Stationed On A Deep-Pile Carpet
A Peloton bike is a large piece of fitness equipment that weighs roughly 135 pounds. That means it’s heavy enough to keep stable on various hard surfaces.
However, the cushioning provided by carpet fibers (particularly those with a thick pile) might induce movement when you pedal over these thick rugs. When performing an exercise that requires you to stand up to pedal, this can be made even worse.
How To Stabilize A Peloton Bike On A Deep-Pile Carpet
If you can’t relocate your Peloton Bike due to space constraints, and the deep-piled carpet is the only suitable spot for the bike, then the following options will help stabilize your Peloton Bike:
Use VersaFit Flooring Tiles On Top Of The Carpet
VersaFit rubber flooring tiles are an excellent option for use in a home gym setup or a commercial business facility as the tiles are flexible, durable, and slip-resistant. Each 39.4″ square tile weighs 27 lbs. and is 5/8″ thick.
They’re made of recycled tire rubber shaped into huge pellets and glued together to make the floor tiles. It’s ideal for placing your Peloton on because of its noise-reducing qualities and general ease of upkeep.
You’re also doing your small part to save the world by purchasing these recycled tiles, as they are made from environmentally-friendly recycled rubber.
There are three types of rubber flooring types to choose from:
- Residential-Grade Tile – Made up of smaller pellets atop a larger pellet base.
- Commercial-Grade Tile – Made entirely of big pellets and available in a range of colors.
- Commercial-Grade Reversible Tile – Made entirely of large pellets with a flip-over design intended for double the use.
I would suggest going for the Commercial-Grade Reversible tiles, as they can be flipped over should one side gets worn out.
If you want to try something more affordable and a bit more accessible this mat is also loved by many and seems to resolve any shaking issues!
Your Peloton’s Stabilizing Feet Aren’t Properly Deployed
If your Peloton bike is on a firm surface, such as solid wood flooring, any shaking will be very straightforward to correct. Sit down next to your bike, and you’ll see a little foot attached to each corner of the bike foundation.
These are the stabilizing feet, and you’ll note that they’re screw threaded into the bike base. Each foot can be modified by twisting it in one direction. The foot is lowered when turned clockwise and raised when turned counter-clockwise.
Check which feet are off the ground when you’re at eye level with the bike base. Lower these feet until they are square on the floor, and you should notice a significant change in your bike’s steadiness. The shaking, wobbling, and rocking sensations should now be eliminated.
Click here for a demonstration by Peloton on how to stabilize your Peloton Bike.
It Could Be Due To A Design Flaw With The New Peloton Bike+
Reading through a couple of Peloton forums, many new owners are complaining about the new Peloton Bike+. Most complaints are seemingly about the bike wobbling like crazy when hitting high speeds.
According to many users, the problem is the new design where the monitor screens are too heavy for the bike+. Peloton removed two of the six stabilizer feet and shortened the stabilizer bars in front. Technicians coming out to fix the shaking issues seem to acknowledge that Peloton is aware of the shaking problem.
Some clients have had their Peloton Bike+ handlebars and sleeves replaced, while others have opted for a replacement bike to be delivered. Many owners of Peloton Bike+ clients have requested an older model as they have experienced the shaking with the replacement model also.
The problem seems to be more persistent in the residential Peloton Bike+ and not the commercial Peloton Bike+. If you are experiencing shaking, rattling, or wobbling problems with your Peloton Bike after you have tried the above remedies, it may just be a case of receiving a product that’s not engineered well, and a refund can be requested within the 30-day cancellation period.
Helpful Hint: Try tightening the three hex screws on the handlebars and the Allen bolt near the monitor’s mount.
Hopefully, your shaking Peloton Bike can be fixed by adding a firm support base on a deep-pile carpet or adjusting the stabilizers when used on a wooden floor. If these remedies don’t fix the problem, get a technician to take a look. Requesting a replacement bike will be your next step if all else fails.