After dealing with my peloton not turning on, I found out that I also need to calibrate my bike. Supposedly, recalibrating your bike can help it operate better and make your workouts more efficient.
Original Pelotons must be recalibrated manually, while the newer Bike+ can calibrate using auto-calibration. It would help if you recalibrated your bike once or twice a year to ensure your output is correctly calculated and your resistance levels are normal.
While your Peloton comes to you fully calibrated, moving it around may require recalibration. However, if there is any shift in the magnets during transport, it may need recalibration before use.
While the process might seem overwhelming, I’ve laid out all the steps to successfully recalibrate your bike, so you can keep riding to the top of the leaderboard.
Do Peloton Bikes Need To Be Calibrated?
It would be best if you calibrated your Peloton bike to keep it in working order. Your bike’s calibration consists of allotting resistance numbers varying from 1 to 100 based on the distance between the magnet brackets, the flywheel, and the resistance knob’s positioning.
A well-calibrated bike will have matching output and resistance levels.
If you choose to calibrate the bike, ensure you follow the steps to avoid error or damage to your bike. After you calibrate your Pelton, you’ll likely notice a boost in your performance.
The top reasons why you want to calibrate your bike are due to these metrics:
- Total Output – The sum of your average output (measured in watts) multiplied by the time in seconds.
- Average Output – You look at your resistance and cadence to determine your average output. When a bike requires calibration, the resistance will be higher or lower than it should be, affecting your average output.
- FTP Score – Peloton gives an FTP score, which is your average power output during a 20-minute class and then multiplied by .95
- Calories Burned – Your Peloton bike determines calories burned using the metabolic equivalent, and an uncalibrated bike may produce the incorrect calorie expenditure
- Leaderboard Position – Your total output determines where you land on the leaderboard, and calibration can affect whether you go up or down on the list
When Should I Calibrate My Peloton Bike?
It would help if you calibrated your Peloton bike every 6-12 months, but the good news is the process won’t take much of your time. So, for example, recalibrating an original Peloton will take about 20 minutes to complete.
Generally, you should calibrate your Peloton if when you turn the knob all the way to the left, it doesn’t display 100. So, if you notice your numbers are off, you should recalibrate even if you aren’t in the 6–12-month range.
Peloton doesn’t recommend calibrating your bike yourself, but if you do, it’s important to follow the directions in this article.
You can tune up your Peloton bike by thoroughly cleaning it and ensuring all screws are correctly tightened.
You can also remove the pedals and add grease to keep them operating properly. Finally, ensuring the pedals are secure will make for a smoother ride.
An over-calibrated bike will likely produce low readings, while an under-calibrated bike will show higher than typical outputs.
You should use caution when calibrating the bike and reach out to Peloton with any concerns. If you wish to get the calibration tools from Peloton, you will need to contact them because they no longer include them in your bike purchase.
Finally, if you notice an issue with a resistance that is either too easy or too difficult, you should contact Peloton directly for assistance.
The easiest and possibly most important solution to calibrating your Peloton bike is to watch a video that guides you through the process. It also helps to see the process in a live-action video, so you know what to do.
This YouTube video will help guide you through the calibration process:
But what are the steps to recalibrating the Peloton bike? Newer bikes have an auto-calibration feature with a digitally controlled resistance system.
The steps for calibrating a Bike+ are:
- Click the Settings button at the top right of your bike screen
- Click Device Settings
- Choose Home Installation
- Click Start Calibration
- You will see that new firmware will download, and your bike will begin to recalibrate
- Click Done when your bike is done calibrating
If you have an original Peloton, you’ll want to keep reading to find the calibration process steps.
The FTP on your Peloton is your mean energy output, so these numbers can be off on an uncalibrated bike. When you calibrate your bike, your calories burned, average output, and leaderboard position will be more accurate because your FTP will be correct.
You can test your Peloton’s FTP by measuring the output for 20 minutes. If you are putting in an intense workout, you should see a higher FTP score, and with these results you can help individualize your program. Also, your FTP score can determine whether your bike is appropriately calibrated.
Original Peloton models must be calibrated manually, while Bike+ users can use auto-calibrations. Owners of newer models will appreciate how much easier the recalibration process is; however, the steps to calibrate an original model are not too tricky, pending you carefully read the instructions I include in this article.
If you own an original Peloton bike, you will have to perform the calibration manually, and while it can take some time to complete, you should be on your way in no time. However, if you run into any issues during the process, it’s a good idea to contact customer support for additional assistance.
You need to order the necessary parts (wedge, small disc, and large disc) to complete the calibration of an original bike.
- Remove the water bottle holder and sweat guard with a screwdriver and Allen wrench
- Go to the Home Screen on your bike to get to the Calibration Screen
- Look for the Three Dots on the bottom right and tap them
- On the menu that comes up, look for About and tap it
- You will see a Screen Within the Screen appear and will provide details about your bike’s hardware
- Tap the Top Corner of the small screen several times until you see the Sensor Calibration Screen
- Tap ‘Get Started’
- You will then see a screen appear instructing you to ‘Turn the resistance all the way to the left, then press calibrate’
- Place the wedge tool in between the 2nd and 3rd magnets on the flywheel
- You should Turn the Knob and then tap the Red Calibrate Button on the screen
- Remove the wedge tool and insert the white disks under the resistance knob
- You will be notified on the next screen that the Minimum Calibration has been achieved
- Next, tap the Red Button on the screen that says Calibrate Maximum Resistance
- Follow the instructions on the next screen to Turn the Resistance Knob or Brake All the Way to the Right until it doesn’t turn anymore
- Tap the Red Button that says Calibrate
- You will see that the screen changes to say Maximum Resistance Calibrated
- Tap the Red Button that says Done
- The next screen will be about Calibrating the Output Curve, and it will instruct you to Turn the Resistance Knob All the Way to the Left again
- Replace the water bottle holder and sweat guard
On your calibration screen, you will want to click the red button that says ‘next’ and begin turning. You will then see 31 clear dots on your screen, and you should turn the knob one-quarter.
You should now click the red button that says ‘set,’ and the first clear dot will turn red. Next, turn the knob another quarter turn and click the red button that says ‘set.’ The next clear dot will turn red; you should continue this process until every dot is red.
Once all dots are red, you will see a screen that reads ‘Calibration Complete,’ and you can move on to the next step.
Once the calibration process is complete, you want to reset your bike, which will clear the cache and data. However, deleting the data and cache won’t remove your saved workout history.
Here are step-by-step instructions on resetting your bike after recalibration:
- Get to the Peloton home screen
- Click the three dots on the bottom of your screen
- Go to device settings and look for and click ‘Apps’ to open
- Look for the app that reads ‘Peloton’ and open it
- Find the storage and click to open it
- Tap both ‘Clear Cache’ and ‘Clear Data’
- Tap OK when asked to confirm
- Shut down your bike after the data and cache are cleared
- After your bike is shut down, unplug it from the back, wait 30 seconds and plug in back in
- Lastly, restart your bike and follow the next part where you test your bike
Once you successfully recalibrated your bike, you should test the resistance levels to ensure the process worked.
For starters, you should see a 100 on the bike screen when you turn the knob all the way to the right. In addition, it is time to perform the FTP to find your current score and determine whether it is accurate.
You want to ensure the bike feels how it should to you, like when you first got it. How it feels will be determined by what is customary to you. For example, if riding was difficult before the calibration, it should feel easier to ride.
You can also look at your power zones to see where you score. It’s best to have your previous records to compare with how you are riding now.
Finally, you’ll want to see how your old ride compares to your new ride to see if the calibration was a success or if there is another issue you need to tend to.
You can look at your saved data from past rides and compare how well you did after the calibration.
Also, you can do a ride before the recalibration and see how it feels now. Once the ride is finished, look at your output and compare it with previous rides.
Hopefully, you will notice a difference in your cadence and resistance and can put in more effort than you did before.
While the output of your ride shouldn’t matter, how it feels does. So, if you notice a change in the resistance or cadence, you should determine whether recalibration is necessary.
Remember, original models, require manual calibration, while the Bike+ model has auto-calibration.
Finally, it would be best if you only calibrated your Peloton once or twice a year unless you notice a big difference in your ride.
PRO TIP: Don’t forget to download the Peloton app on your smart TV so you can enjoy various workouts.