So, you finally did it. You invested in a stationary bike to get your cardio exercises in at home. But do you have the right accessories to ensure a great workout?
First off, investing in a pair of cycling shoes that will let your feet breathe and provide a supportive fit is key. The Peloton brand sells its own bike shoes, but there are also a range of styles on the market that are compatible with Peloton bikes and other stationary bike models, too.
It’s also a good idea to wear the right socks (i.e. pairs that are moisture-wicking, well-ventilated and thin enough to ensure you shoes don’t feel too tight) and proper bike shorts so you stay cool and comfortable. A moisture-wicking headband will also help keep sweat and hair out of your face during intense sessions.
Outside of apparel, there are plenty of gadgets that can enhance your overall riding experience. Think an insulated water bottle or handy tablet holder that connects to your bike, so you can easily check the news or watch your favorite show while you ride. A special stationary bike mat will also help protect your floors from damage. And if your saddle feels too firm, you may want to try a bike seat cover that provides a bit of extra cushioning.
Ahead, 10 indoor bike accessories to upgrade your next session.
Pearl Izumi Men’s Quest Road Cycling Shoe
Pearl Izumi’s Quest cycling shoe features a breathable upper, a stiff plate to reduce foot fatigue and removable Select insoles with arch support. Not only does the plate have a concave shape for enhanced rigidity and anatomical support, but it also utilizes Direct-Vent technology for cooling and drainage. Note: these shoes are compatible with SPD cleats, which feature a two-hole and three-hole design.
Nike Men’s SuperRep Cycle Indoor Bike Shoe
Another note-worthy cycling shoe, this sleek Nike style features adjustable velcro straps for a locked-down feel and rubber studs under the heel and toes for traction when you’re not on your bike. The external plate is compatible with two standard types of cleats and the stiff internal plate delivers high energy return. Furthermore, lightweight mesh in the upper and vents on the sole promote good airflow.
Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Short
These Lululemon high-rise training shorts come in six colors and two length options. They’re designed with the brand’s Everlux fabric, which is moisture-wicking, fast-drying and feels cool against the skin. Bonus: These shorts also feature a hidden pocket in the stay-up waistband to store your card and keys.
Maven Thread Women’s Headband
To keep sweat off your face and hair out of your eyes while you ride, we suggest getting a good headband. These Maven Thread headbands feature a non-slip grip and are made with a durable, moisture-wicking fabric with plenty of stretch. The headbands come in packs of two and four and a variety of designs.
CamelBak Podium Chill Bike Water Bottle
You need to stay hydrated when you break a sweat, and this insulated CamelBak squeeze bottle will help you do so. Coming in over a dozen colors, it’s made to fit securely in a variety of bottle cages and should be easy to squeeze. The cap is also self-sealing to prevent spills. The bottle comes in two sizes: 21 or 24 ounces.
Zacro Gel Bike Seat Cover
If the seat on your bike is a little too hard, a seat cover may be just the solution. This one for narrow seats is designed with gel cushioning. It even comes with a water-resistant covering if you want to take it out on the road.
DeFeet Aireator Townee Socks
These socks feature a thin, breathable construction with quick-drying mesh on the top of the foot. They’re composed of 60% nylon and 39% polyester made from recycled water bottles. Plus, they include a fun mountain bike print on the anti-sag cuff.
Thirty48 Low Cut Cycling Socks
Coming in a pack of three, these Thirty48 cycling socks are designed with a moisture-wicking, antibacterial polyester blend, elastic arch support, flat toe seams and extra padding at the metatarsal, Achilles and heel areas to prevent blisters.
Powr Labs Exercise Bike Mat
Measuring 6 feet by 2.5 feet, this dense non-slip PVC bike mat is large enough to accommodate Peleton bikes and many other stationary bike styles. On top of being tear-resistant, it’s water- and sweat-proof to protect your floors. The brand also includes a microfiber cooling towel with your purchase.
Lamicall Indoor Bike Tablet Holder
This tablet holder is compatible with all 4.7-inch to 12.9-inch smartphones and tablets. It also boasts a 360-degree rotating design, which makes it easy to change the angle as needed.