How to safely move a Peloton bike and home gym equipment
Maybe you have been an avid at-home gym member for some time or recently went all in for your personal fitness from the comfort of your own abode. In any case, making a move with large exercise equipment, like a treadmill or Peloton bike, is worth taking a bit of extra care and planning.
If you’ve got the do-it-yourself spirit — with a little help from your friends, there are some tips to preparing and preserving your equipment during relocation. However, you can also choose to leave it to the professionals to be sure you can get back to getting your miles in as soon as possible!
No matter the distance, if you’re moving your bigger gym equipment, there are a few things to know about how to safely move them and minimize damage. Here are some steps to consider when moving a Pelton or any large exercise home equipment:
1. Let your mover know
If you decide to use a professional moving company, let them know that you have exercise equipment that needs to be moved. If they are a professional company, they will have questions for you about the equipment and let you know if it’s within their expertise to move and/or disassemble them. Insured and trusted movers will always be honest with their capabilities. Letting your movers know will allow them to come prepared on move day with the extra padding and protection.
2. Power down and sanitize
Before all else, make sure the machine is turned off. Prepping for a move is a great time to do a bit of deeper cleaning. Grab your cleaning solution, towel, and get in there with a little elbow grease. You’ll thank yourself later. Be sure to read the cleaning instructions for your specific exercise equipment as some materials may fade with contact to cleaning products.
This may be easier said than done; that said, this step is often recommended prior to moving any significant distance, so check the user manual for more information (Peloton has specific guidance on how to disassemble their machines to safely move them to their next home). Temporarily removing smaller parts may make it easier to move, especially if the machine won’t fit through average-sized doorways. Make an inventory of pieces and parts as you disassemble from a given machine and store them together, even power cables! Some treadmills designed for home use will fold up instead of needing to take them apart, so check the manufacturer’s instructions before removing or folding up any parts. If you’re relocating an elliptical machine and can’t remove the pedals, you may need to tie down them down so they don’t move while you’re moving it.
4. Assess the weight
The base of an exercise bike or treadmill is often the heaviest. Due to the shape and size of the equipment, you may be in for a challenge to lift and move — especially in hallways or stairs. For those opting to move without the professionals, this is where having the buddy system comes in handy (and will be necessary) to help carry to where it’s going or to a moving truck. Furniture dollies may also be helpful here to keep things rolling and take a bit of the load off.
5. Protect flooring and the equipment
Moving the heavy gym equipment could run the risk of scuffs and scraps on the floor beneath it. Using furniture slides or pieces of cardboard underneath the machine while moving it can reduce the likelihood of damage. Look good; feel good, right? Lastly, don’t wrap up the moving session unless you wrap your machines up first! Using moving blankets keep the machines from bumping into other surfaces that could damage them.
6. Store it smart
The electronic components in your machines don’t take kindly to the ups and downs of the temperatures outside and may become damaged. If you need to store your home gym equipment for a period of time, storing it at a climate-controlled facility is advised.
Reviewing these steps can help you weigh your options of whether to move your home gym items yourself or bring in the professionals. If you’ve invested big money and big gains into your gym equipment — it may be worth it to reduce the risk of loss, injury, or damage by arranging for help with your move.
The good news: Piece of Cake Moving & Storage can take the sweat out of rehousing your home gym! Only need one or two big machines moved, but leaving the rest? You got it — we can move just a few items if that’s all you need! Want to store your exercise bike, elliptical, or treadmill for safe keeping? We got you covered with storage options until you need it next. Need help putting your equipment back together after a move? For an extra fee, we can assist with gym equipment reassembly, too. When you’re ready to make a move, reach out and we can arrange for the details!
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