Peloton Cycling is a great way to keep fit, whether through long, endurance-building sessions, or intensive 10-minute bursts. However, the one drawback of the Peloton is the fact that you need specific shoes to pedal these indoor bikes.
While cycling shoes can increase your efficiency and performance, they’re not too convenient, especially if you share your Peloton with other members of your family, which means you’d all have to splash out on specialist shoes.
That’s where toe cages come in: toe cages either clip onto your Peloton pedals to adapt them or replace the pedals entirely. Toe cages allow you to secure your feet to the pedals and maintain grip, but best of all, they allow you to wear your normal casual shoes or sneakers, with some featuring a clip-in option for cleats so you have the option of wearing cycling shoes, too.
With more and more people installing a Peloton in their home, there’s an abundance of accessories on the market claiming to enhance your riding experience, but when it comes to toe cages, it can be difficult to know what to look for, and how much to spend.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite toe cages out there, along with a handy buyer’s guide, so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to deciding what type of toe cage is right for you.
Short on time? Here's everything you need to know before you buy:
- Toe cages ensure your feet don't slip off the pedals if you don't have shoes with cleats on.
- Toe cages are a good way to adapt your Peloton pedals and make them suitable for users who don't have cycling shoes with cleats.
- They either bolt onto your current pedals or replace the pedals entirely.
- A lot of popular designs are hybrids, and allow you to use the toe cage or remove it and clip onto the pedal with your cycling shoes instead.
- Toe cages are adjustable - you can tighten or loosen them with a strap to ensure you get a comfortable fit.
- Our favorite product is the Wellgo Shimano SPD Compatible pedals, which you can read the full review of below.
Top 5 Best Peloton Toe Cages
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If you’re looking for something strong and robust that can endure being knocked about - these Wellgo pedals are ideal thanks to their extra heavy-duty design built especially for spin bikes. Wellgo is so confident in the quality of their pedals that they offer a 2-year warranty with purchase, so you can rest assured that you’ll get your money’s worth.
These offer toe-cages and SPD cleat compatibility in one so they’re great for couples or entire households where some people use SPD cleats and others want to ride in regular shoes. While these are on the heavy size, they’re built for durability, and the weight of these shouldn’t be too much of an issue for riding a stationary bike.
Buyers loved these for their easy installation and quick tension adjustment for clip-ins, with many confirming that they’re much sturdier than the original peloton pedals.
- Can be used with cycling shoes or without
- Extra heavy-duty so built to last longer than most
- Easy installation
- 2-year warranty
- Quick tension adjustment for cleats
- Heavier than most other designs, they take some getting used to!
These pedals from Venzo are specially designed for use on indoor and exercise bikes, so they’re sleeker and lighter than other models that can be used outdoors. With a die-cast aluminum body and extra heavy-duty oversized axle, these pedals are designed to last and will see you through some of your toughest sessions.
The large platform not only allows maximum space for entering and removing your foot in and out of the cage but also provides stability when pedaling. The tension of the cleats is easily adjusted via a screw on the side of the pedal to allow riders to achieve the perfect clip-in fit, while a nylon strap holds the shoe in place for safer riding.
This product can be used in multiple ways, with a toe cage for use with casual shoes, or as an SPD system if you have compatible cleats, making these a versatile addition to your bike if various people will be using it. This set of pedals comes with toe-clips and cleats, so you won’t need to buy extra parts. They’re more expensive than other options on the lists but we think these are worth the money thanks to their specialist fitness bike design.
- Specially made for exercise/indoor bikes
- Versatile - use with casual shoes or clip-in SPD cycling shoes
- Oversized axle and large body for maximum comfort and stability
- Comes with cleats/clips
- Adjustable tension and straps
- More expensive than other options, and Venzo recommends you replace pedals annually, so worth bearing in mind the long-term cost.
Sometimes simple is best, and these pedals from Retrospec allow you to ride with or without cleats. They feature a 7mm high-grade Boron steel axle so they’re strong and durable enough to endure regular use, and they also feature a tough nylon strap which keeps your foot secure while riding at high speed. These have also got reflectors on them for low-light riding on an outdoor bike.
These also have a non-slip ridge on the platform pedal to catch onto your shoes and ensure they don’t slip. They’re also incredibly lightweight at 302 grams for the pair, despite that they combine the toe cage and pedal. For the price, these are good quality and are especially suitable for smaller or narrow feet thanks to the secure fit, though some people did point out that they found them too small.
- Very affordable
- Durable nylon strap
- Non-slip ridge
- Lightweight feel
- On the smaller side, so not ideal if you have larger feet
These Abrafit pedals have a clip-in option and are great for wearing regular shoes while riding your Peloton. These have adjustable straps and extra toe-room, so are great for riders with bigger feet, and can easily be made smaller if you don’t. Thanks to the extra space these are also easy to get on and off, unlike other models that tend to be on the tighter side.
These pedals come in a choice of black resin or a combination of black and alloy, which adds extra strength and durability. They also come pre-installed with straps attached, so all you have to do is fix them to your Peloton and get riding!
- Extra toe-room for a comfortable fit
- Strong resin material
- Great if you’re on a budget
- Minimal installation
- Choice of materials
- The toe clips aren’t the best quality
These multipurpose Ybeki pedals may be for you if you're looking for affordability combined with quality and versatility, with one side compatible with the SPD system and the other offering a strap to keep the foot in place while wearing ordinary shoes.
These versatile pedals are made of aluminum alloy for lightness and durability to withstand frequent use and are designed with an anti-slip groove for maximum slip-resistance. Complete with nylon straps, they’ll keep your feet positioned safely and securely while pedaling, to ensure that you maintain control while increasing the efficiency of your workout.
These replace your Peloton pedals completely but are easy to install and come with an extra toe cage strap and a hex wrench to adjust the tension of the SPD clip.
- Versatile - allows multiple people to ride
- Made of good quality materials
- Lightweight feel
- Some customers complained of noisiness - but this could be an isolated issue.
Best Peloton Toe Cages Buying Guide
The first thing you need to decide is whether you’re going to opt for a full pedal replacement with a toe cage already installed or just a toe cage that can be attached to your original Peloton pedals.
The original pedals that come with the Peloton are compatible with only Look Delta cleats, so if anybody else is going to use your bike and doesn’t have these, you’ll need to get either a toe cage which fits onto the pedals or replaces the pedals entirely.
Most of the higher quality options tend to be a full pedal replacement or a 2-in-1 design, so you can wear casual shoes or clip-in cycling shoes. This means you get the best of both worlds, and if you live with somebody who doesn’t have cycling shoes, but you do, it means you can both easily use the Peloton without the inconvenience of switching pedals every time.
If you are happy with the pedals the Peloton comes with but want a removable option for a guest or family member to use, it’s probably better to go with a simple attachable toe cage.
Most replacement pedals and toe cages are compatible with Peloton bikes, however, it’s best to check the manufacturer’s specification first. It's also a good idea to keep an eye out for pedals and toe cages that have been specifically designed for indoor spin bikes, as these will take into consideration the optimum "float" needed to cycle efficiently, helping to keep your knees in the correct position and minimizing the risk of injury. To make it easier for you, all of our options on the above list are compatible with Peloton bikes.
When it comes to pedals, you want something that's going to make pedaling your Peloton feel smooth and effortless. Some people have issues with squeaking or clicking noises, and this is usually to do with the cleats they use, which can sometimes not be clicked-in fully or correctly.
In which case, some people like to use dry lube on the shoe cleat and even the pedals and hardware itself. However, it's also important to check your toe cages or pedals are installed correctly, though sometimes they can be noisy simply because they're of poorer quality. This doesn't mean that all low-end options will be noisy, but just bear in mind that the material, weight, and design of the pedal may be compromised if you pay less.
It's an obvious thing to say, but it's essential that you get the right fit when it comes to toe cages. Otherwise, you're going to feel like your feet are hanging off the pedals, and this will inevitably impact your pedaling technique, and could even result in injury. Most toe cages come with adjustable nylon straps to expand or tighten the cage, but if your feet are on the larger size, look for something that has extra toe space.
Above we recommended the AbraFit as a good option for larger feet. Equally, if your feet are small or narrow, pay attention to the adjustability of the design and its measurements. We liked the Retrospec pair - also featured above - for slimmer feet.
Pedals and toe cages aren't made to last forever, and Peloton recommends replacing these every 12 months due to the wear and tear caused by frequent use. That said, there are some extra heavy-duty designs out there, such as the Wellgo option mentioned in our top 5, which has a 2-year warranty for extra reassurance.
Pedal quality and use vary and ultimately, only you know when it's time to replace your pedals with a new set. However, Peloton does recommend checking your pedals monthly to ensure they are clean, turn smoothly, and are free of any damage.
Toe cages generally bolt onto the front of the pedal, whereas other designs may replace the pedal entirely. Most toe cages and replacement pedals are designed with easy installation in mind and should come with the specific hardware required for fixing these to your bike.
Your new product should come with straight-forward instructions, but failing that, Peloton may be able to help with any queries when it comes to replacing pedals, or youtube has some handy how-to guides.
Toe cages vary in material, and some of the lower-end designs may be made of plastic, which is best to avoid. The ones we've featured above mainly incorporate aluminum - which is good for lightness, or stainless steel - which is best for durability.
Best Peloton Toe Cages FAQ's
Why do I need a toe cage?
If you're happy using cleats and cycling shoes, then the answer is you probably don't need a toe cage. Toe cages are best for adapting the Peloton so that you can use it with regular shoes, rather than cycling shoes.
They ensure that your foot doesn't slip off the pedal, as regular shoes are unable to lock onto the pedal like cycling designs with cleats do. Toe cages are an affordable option if you're looking to adapt your Peloton for multiple people to use with or without cycling shoes.
Do toe cages come in pairs?
Yes, generally toe cages come in pairs, so you don't need to order twice!
Which type of shoe should you use with toe cages?
It's always best to wear a good quality sporting shoe when cycling to ensure your foot is protected and supported and that it fits into the toe cage well. However, the benefit of a toe cage is that you don't need specialist cycling shoes to use them. However, it's not a good idea to wear open-toe or light rubber shoes with these, so sneakers or tennis shoes are your next best option after cycling shoes.
Are toe cages harmful?
No, they're not, however ensuring your foot is secure, and that you are wearing a hard-front shoe will further help you avoid injury.