To be blunt, when I originally authored this post I did a poor job; and I know this from the number of emails I get about this post – entirely driven by my lack of clarity, so let’s start again.

The key things I want you to take away from this post are;

  • Download the Excel sheet below and graph your output settings.
  • When you graph your output figures, as funny as it sounds, do not focus on the actual output numbers matching my figures; focus on the following.
    • First, at each resistance setting, as you move to a higher cadence, your graph should move predictably higher and in a smooth fashion from left to right; [See graph below]
    • Second, the gap between each DIFFERENT resistance setting at THE SAME CADENCE should be somewhat uniform.

Below is what you don’t want to see, should be self explanatory;

What is your takeaway? You should be re-calibrating your bike per the instructions to first create your baseline. Second, you can use the Excel sheet below to measure your bike on your own schedule to determine if your bike needs adjustment. Peloton Measurement Sheet



  1. I’m not super gifted in the tech area lol. Is this something that’s easy enough to do for the average person or should I find a techie friend? 😬


  2. Your information is so helpful! I read all of your articles/posts regarding calibration and just recalibrate my bike. All of a sudden about 6 weeks ago the feel of 45 resistance felt like 55 and so on from there. I’m curious as to what would cause this to happen suddenly? Had the bike for a year and riding 5-6 days a week since last June. Suddenly in end of September beginning of October the feeling just jumped and became almost impossible to stay in my zones and was then consistently 100kj’s from any previous OP for same type of class. Was it something mechanically in the bike body or could it be a software update change that influenced that? I’m so curious as to why the change occurs and what can cause that suddenly? Love that you support dog shelters…I have 3 dogs and 2 are rescues and we are on montly donation that occur automatically. Big supporter of saving the dogs. Thank you for promoting that. 😉


  3. If on one hand you say that output is categorically NOT related to calibration, in that calibration only affects resistance feel, then what does it mean if our bikes don’t match the graph above? An error in how the bike tablet is calculating output from the inputs of resistance and cadence? How do we fix this, if calibration does not affect how the tablet calculates output?


    1. Apologies, not sure how I missed this. If I understand your question correctly; focus first on calibration per the instructions. Second, measure per this post in regards to output and focus on the the 2 items; smooth linear move from left to right in regards to measurement and then insure there are not abnormal gaps between the multiple resistance settings.


  4. Thanks for the instructions. Worked like a charm. My wife and I have two rescue dogs Bella and Leo. I will definitely send a donation to our local pound where we got them.


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