Remember that sleek Peloton Kickstarter you bought on Amazon a few years back?
The one that was supposed to get rid of those unsightly love handles and extra chins?
Sadly those “physical deficiencies” may not have disappeared as planned, because the truth is that body transformation aren’t as easy as they appear in promotional videos.
On a positive note, Pelotons make great laundry racks, but when relocating to a new home or apartment you’ll have to get your machine disassembled, packed, moved, and reassembled safely and efficiently.
Pelotons aren’t the cheapest or easiest items to move, but this post is chock full of tips that will make the process easier.
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Peloton treadmills and stationary bikes – what’s the difference?
These days “Peloton” is a generic term, but the company manufactures a number of stationary bike and treadmill models, the latter of which are far heavier, more complex, and more difficult to move.
Peloton bikes are comparatively light and can generally be carried safely down stairs, out of homes, and into trucks relatively easily by two fit owners or experienced movers.
However, as we’ll see, this isn’t usually the case with treadmills.
Average Peloton bike dimensions
- 59″ L x 23″ W x 53″ H (depending on model)
- Touchscreen size – 21.5″ (measured diagonally)
- Total weight – about 135 pounds
135 pounds isn’t a lot compared to a refrigerator or triple dresser, but most moving companies won’t service Peloton bikes prior to moving them.
Instead, owners are responsible for removing screens themselves, or they may opt to have factory-certified technicians do it and other move-related preparations for them.
If you’d rather not tackle this job yourself or pay to have it done, your mover may move your Peloton bike as-is, but you’ll probably have to sign a liability waiver first.
Average Peloton treadmill dimensions
- 72.5″ L x 32.5″ W x 72″ H (depending on model)
- Screen size – 23.8” (measured diagonally)
- Total weight – between 290 and 430 pounds
Needless to say, the largest Peloton treadmills are even a struggle for professional movers with strong backs and the right equipment, so on DIY moves, proceed with extreme caution.
Preparing a Peloton bike for a local or long-distance move
By now moving Peloton exercise equipment may sound like an epic hassle, but it’s not rocket science.
That said, if you don’t feel up to the task of moving your Peloton yourself, you’d be wise to leave it in the capable hands of professional movers.
Generally, however, handy do-it-yourselfers can move Pelotons safely by following these steps.
1. Remove the touchscreen on Bike and Bike+ models
- Press and hold the power button
- Choose “power-off” when the prompt is displayed on the screen
- Unplug the power cord
- Open the plastic clip on the back of the touchscreen and disconnect the monitor, ethernet and/or audio cables
- Remove the rear access panel and take out the four mounting screws (you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver)
- Remove the touchscreen
- Pack it safely, preferably in its original carton
2. Remove the weight holder, pedals, and bottle holder
Using a Phillips head screwdriver and the Allen wrenches included in the tool kit, remove –
- The four bolts holding the weight holder to the frame
- Both pedals (turn the wrench counter clockwise on the right pedal, and clockwise on the left pedal)
- The two screws holding the bottle holder to the frame
Once these steps are done, put loose components and hardware into a parts bag, label it clearly, and tape it closed to ensure that nothing falls out.
Then put the seat and handlebars in the lowest positions and make sure each adjustment lever is tightened.
3. Protect your Peloton with moving pads and/or cardboard
Unless fully disassembled, Pelotons won’t fit back into their original packaging.
With the parts removed your Peloton’s frame should be fine when padded and loaded into the truck correctly, just make sure that nothing heavy is on top of or beside it.
You’ll probably need at least two quilted moving blankets that can be held in place with tape or rubber bands.
For extra protection, wrap a few mirror cartons and some bubble wrap around the outside of the pads and tape them in place as well.
Moving your Peloton Bike or Bike+ from one room to another
Peloton bikes have two built-in wheels on the front stabilizer to facilitate moving within a home or apartment.
Even if you’re just moving your Peloton bike down the hall, it’s always a good idea to remove the touchscreen by following the aforementioned instructions.
However, Peloton states on its website that touch screens should not be removed on Bike+ models on in-home moves.
If you have enough help and are confident that your Peloton can be moved safely, position yourself at the back of the bike.
Then, grab the rear stabilizers with two hands and lift the back upward so that the front is resting on the wheels.
Now you and your helper can push/pull it to its new location.
Getting your Peloton treadmill ready for a local or long-distance move
Before jumping in, a warning is in order.
According to Peloton, Tread+ machines weren’t designed to be assembled or serviced by consumers.
In fact, even the company’s official moving guide is only intended to be used by trained service technicians.
And as we’ve already established, treadmills are significantly heavier than exercise bikes, all of which means that they should generally be moved by pros.
Please note that if you do decide to move your Peloton treadmill yourself, and resulting damage will not be covered by your warranty.
The best advice for getting your Peloton treadmill ready for a move is picking up the phone and calling in trained service technicians.
Moving your Peloton treadmill within your home (on the same floor)
Like the company’s stationary bikes, Peloton treadmills have fixed wheels on the front to make moving them from one room to another relatively easy, as long as the old and new locations are on the same floor.
Beforehand, make sure that the intended location has enough space and a suitable electrical outlet.
To raise the front wheel, set the incline to 2% or higher, then power down and unplug the Tread+.
Due to their weight, you’ll need one person in front and two in the back lifting the handrails until the machine is resting on the front wheels.
Once it’s balanced on the front wheels, it can be rolled to its new location.
For in-home moves by a service crew, Peloton charges $250.
Full-service disassembly and reassembly
For Peloton Tread+ owners who need professional assistance with their moves, the company has trained service technicians available for disassembly and reassembly.
These services include –
- Disassembly at your old residence – $175
- Assembly at your new residence – another $175
Just keep in mind that these services do not include packing or actually moving your Tread+ to your new home, so you’ll have to take care of that yourself or hire professional movers.
Frequently asked questions (faqs)
Is it difficult to move a Peloton?
Peloton bikes are relatively easy to move. However, because they’re larger, heavier, and more complex, treadmills should generally be serviced by authorized technicians and moved by professional movers.
Can a Peloton be put on its side?
As long as all the accessories have been removed, Peloton bikes can be moved on their sides, but if possible they should always be loaded flat as they’d sit on the floor. Make sure to load them near the top of the truck and away from heavy items that could shift and fall onto them on long-distance moves.
Can you lift a Peloton?
You’ll need at least one other helper to lift a Peloton bike safely, while a treadmill will require at least two additional helpers, possibly three if you’re going up and down stairs.
How much does a Peloton bike weigh?
Peloton bikes weigh approximately 135 pounds.
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