Why Are My Peloton Shoes Moving Around In The Pedals?

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When you are getting ready for a workout session, it is important for both your convenience and overall safety that your exercise equipment works properly. This is especially important when it comes to your Peloton bike since the pedals, shoes, and cleats work together to keep you safe. That is why it is crucial to know why your Peloton shoes are moving around in the pedals!

If your Peloton shoes are moving around in the pedals, you may need to adjust the pedal tension. Your Peloton shoes may also move around or feel loose in the pedals for other reasons relating to the pedals themselves or the cleats attached to your Peloton shoes. 

In this article, you’ll learn how to adjust the pedal tension on your Peloton pedals for a tighter fit, and what to do if tightening the pedal tension fails to resolve the issue. Read on to learn more.

Adjusting The Pedal Tension On Peloton Pedals

To maintain a secure fit, your Peloton pedals need regular adjustment to the pedal tension to maintain a secure fit. Peloton recommends adjusting the pedal tension periodically for the best fit for you.

To adjust the pedal tension screws for a tighter, more secure fit, we’ve provided instructions for you below:

  1. The tension screw for each pedal is located on the underside of the pedal and has a plus sign on the right to indicate the direction for tightening the screw, and a minus sign to the left to indicate the direction for loosening it.
  2. Turn the resistance wheel knob completely to the right to lock the flywheel and crank knobs in place
  3. Using the 3mm Allen key provided with your bike, turn the tension screw by ¼ turns toward the plus sign indicated on the right of the tension screw. Continue adjusting by ¼ turns until optimal fit is achieved
  4. If you have tightened the tension screw too much, turn the screw by ¼ turns toward the minus sign on the left to loosen the screw
  5. Repeat these steps for the second pedal

Additional Adjustments to Fix Loose Fit

If tightening the tension screw on your pedals fails to address the issue, you may need to adjust or replace your Peloton shoes, cleats, or pedals. In this section, we go into how to address fit issues when adjusting your pedal tension fails to fix the problem. 

Your Cleats May Not Be Attached Properly

If your cleats are not attached to your Peloton shoes properly, they may cause your shoes to fail to clip securely to the pedals. This can cause the shoes to feel too loose or too tight when clipped into the pedals. 

When attaching or adjusting the cleats on your Peloton shoes, follow the steps below to ensure a secure fit: 

  1. Place the cleat over the three screw holes on the bottom of the shoe
  2. Make sure the cleat is facing forward and lined up with the toe and directly on the indicator line that runs from heel to toe
  3. Make sure the middle of the cleat is positioned across the ball of your foot and as close to the inside arch of the shoe as the washers will let you go
  4. Tighten the screws on the bottom of your shoes with the included 4mm hex key until securely fastened to the cleat

To make sure that the cleats are fastened properly and aligned to distribute pressure across the balls of your feet, begin to pedal. Your foot position should place the ball of your foot directly over the axle of the pedal. 

If you feel any pain or discomfort in your feet or legs, your cleats may be misaligned. If adjusting fails to fix the issue, the cleats may need replacing. If the cleats are functional, you may need to replace your Peloton shoes

Your Peloton Pedals Or Shoes May Need to be Replaced

The tension screws may fail to tighten properly onto the pedals due to normal wear and tear on the pedal itself. This is a normal occurrence caused by repeated use of the tension screws and routine replacements are necessary to prevent stripping the screws themselves.

Peloton recommends replacing the pedals on your bike once a year to maintain the function and safety of your device. 


It is important for your comfort and safety to perform regular maintenance on your exercise equipment, and to replace worn-out hardware and accessories when needed. 

In this article, we got the answer to why your Peloton shoes are moving around in the pedals, as well as what to do when adjusting the pedal tension fails to fix the problem! You are all set to get back to your workout routine comfortably and safely!

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