Upgrading my Peloton Bike Shoes to Shimano

You know how sometimes you don’t know how uncomfortable something is until you take it off? Well, I had no idea how uncomfortable my Peloton biking shoes were… until I replaced them with a pair from Shimano.

One of my toes had been bothering me and I didn’t really think too much of it, until it kept bothering me for more than just a couple days. I started paying attention to my various shoes when I’d put them on to try to figure out the culprit and found that it was my Peloton bike shoes. When I would stand up out of the saddle, my foot would slip forward and one toe would bump and rub on the end of the shoe. On top of that, the shoes have never really been what you would call comfortable anyways. They were pretty narrow (and I have normal width feet) and just felt very stiff.

I had never used any other bike shoes though, so I figured that was just how bike shoes fit. Kind of how ski boots have a specific feeling to them.

Anyways, I decided to order a new pair and read good things about Shimano brand bike shoes. I did a ton of research on Amazon and decided to go with these: Shimano SH-1C100 High Performance Cycling Shoes.

I’m normally either an 8.5 or 9 in shoes, so I picked the 8.5/9 size. The cost at the time I ordered them was $100 and they are still at that same price as of when I published this post.

NOTE: The shoes do NOT come with the Delta Compatible cleats (the part that attaches them to the bike pedals). However, since I already had Peloton shoes with the cleats on them, I just used the provided Allen wrench to take them off my old pair and put them on my new pair. If you were buying these new – and not replacing a previous pair with them – you would also need to purchase these for $15: Delta Compatible Cleats.

I made the switch to the new shoes about a month ago and OHMYGOSH it is a world of difference! The toe-box and mid-area has so much more room in width so they are not squeezing your feet into them. They easily clip in and out of the bike pedals and are super comfortable when I’m pedaling in and out of the saddle. My only regret is that I wish I would have purchased these 260 rides ago!

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My Office/Exercise Room Hybrid

With the demolition of my spare bedroom to become a master bathroom and walk-in closet, my ‘exercise room’ needed to find a new home. With everything being displaced for the renovation project, space is at a premium… which means my office needed to work double-duty and it became an office/exercise room hybrid.

My office is a room that already has a lot going on. On one side of the room is my sewing table and organizer that contains everything crafty.

On the other side, is my desk where I telework 2 days each week.

I started by cleaning out the closet (it’s not in the photo, but it exists on the wall to the right of the desk) and dragging my gigantic filing cabinet over to live in there. It’s not SUPER convenient, because I have to remove a bunch of bins in order to access the lower filing cabinet drawers, but eventually when the walk-in closet is done there will be a little more breathing room. Also, it’s nice to have the filing cabinet out of the main room.

I also moved the black storage table that holds my printer to the right side of the desk and moved the white drawer set over next to the sewing table.

This freed up just the perfect amount of space so that I could add my Peloton and mat to the corner of the room.

Other tricks to make the most of my space:

Trick 1: I bought The Pivot for my Peloton screen, so that I could flip it around and do my weights and yoga sessions in the open space in the middle of the room.

Trick 2: I hung my bike shoes on the back of the bike, instead of having them take up space on the floor or in an organizer.

Trick 3 and 4: I rearranged my craft storage to open up one cube, which is where I now store my hand weights and bleach wipes. I also used the spare bit of space next to my cube bookshelf for my yoga mat, yoga blocks and foam roller.

This is the long-term situation for this room, so I’m happy with how it all turned out. Here’s the before & after again:

Organizer side of the room:

Desk + bike side of the room:

I have space to comfortably use the bike and now that I can flip my screen around, I have room for yoga, stretching or weights sessions. The best part is, everything is out of sight when I have to log into a Zoom meeting from home!

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My Peloton: 15 Month Check-In

I actually wasn’t planning to do another Peloton update, but then they launched a new feature and I’m LOVING IT so I had to share!

If you want to catch up with any of my previous My Peloton posts, you can find them all here:

But let’s get right to the fun stuff.

My Current Peloton Stats

I’ve kept a daily Peloton streak going since I first started using the app in December 2020. Every single day, I do something on the Peloton – ride the bike, do a strength workout, mediate, yoga, whatever. I find that keeping up a daily streak helps me take some time to myself on a busy day. Even if it’s a 5 minute mediation… it’s 5 minutes that I gave myself.

My Current Favorite Instructors

I still love Bradley Rose and Cody Rigsby, but I’m now a huge Tunde Oyeneyin fan. I love her energy and I’ve started regularly adding her 10 minute arms workouts to my regular schedule. She posts a new one each month and recommends you do it 3x a week. I also love her House Music rides and when I want to work really hard, I choose Tunde.

My Favorite Update: the Peloton x iWatch Connection

In the past, when I’d start a ride on my Peloton I’d open the fitness button on my iWatch and choose Indoor Cycle so it would track my ride. In order to see my heart rate, I’d have to keep looking over at my wrist, which was kind of annoying. I wasn’t quite annoyed enough to go out and buy a separate heart rate monitor though. But then last week, Peloton launched an update and now the iWatch will connect to the Peloton!

All you have to do is open the Peloton app on your iWatch, then start a workout on your Peloton and within a few seconds your heartrate appears on the bike screen! This allows me to easily keep an eye on my heartrate and see what zone it’s in, so I know if I need to work harder. I LOVE this update and I’m so happy it’s finally rolled out for the Peloton Bike (not just the Bike +). If you have a Peloton and iWatch and need better instruction on how to make them talk to each other, there is step-by-step information here on the Peloton blog.

If you’re a Peloton rider, you can find me on the leaderboard at JoulesGetsFit.

If you are looking to purchase a Peloton, shoot me an email at pocketfulofjoules@gmail.com and I can send you a special referral code to get you money off your purchase!

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