Important Maintenance Guidelines For Your Exercise Bike
Exercise bike maintenance is one of the best things you can do to keep your favorite piece of fitness equipment in top condition. While proper bike maintenance takes a little time, it helps prevent breakdowns that can take you out of action for an extended period. To get the most out of maintenance, though, you need to perform it at regular intervals. Routine maintenance keeps your equipment functioning at peak performance, so you get the most out of your workouts.
Cleaning techniques, cleaning products and exercise bike maintenance schedules and techniques vary, depending on the machine. Before beginning any maintenance schedule or cleaning procedure, consult with the owner’s manual for more information.
Exercise Bike Maintenance Schedule
Remove dust, sweat, and dirt every day. Using a soft, clean cloth and a non-abrasive liquid cleaner, wipe down parts that contact the body, such as the console, handlebars, covers, pedals and seat. A diluted disinfectant works well. Avoid spraying the liquid cleaner directly onto the heart rate grips or display.
Vacuum the floor directly beneath and near the cycle. Move the exercise bike to improve access to the rug under the machine, but always use good body mechanics to avoid back injury when moving equipment.
Check for and tighten any loose screws mounting the console and covers. Do not over-tighten screws as this can damage the plastic components of the exercise bike.
Test the cycle in user mode. Look and listen for problems, such as clicking pedals, dead battery, faulty display and lack of resistance. Make sure all the buttons on the console work properly.
Test the exercise bike at various resistance levels. Determine if the handlebars and pedals are functioning correctly.
Make sure the seat, pedals and covers attach to the exercise bike securely.
Use a 15mm wrench to ensure the crankshaft is attached securely to the pedals.
Listen to the exercise bike; investigate and repair any squeaking or grinding noises.
After unplugging the machine, remove the covers and vacuum the interior of the exercise bike. Use a soft paint brush to sweep away any dust that has accumulated since the last quarterly cleaning.
Use chain oil or 3-in-1 solution to lubricate the chain of chain-driven bikes.
Check belt-driven bikes for frays, cracks or other signs of belt damage.
Use a wrench to make sure the crank assembly is tight. If a light touch causes the crank to wobble, the machine may need a new bearing.
Clean grease from the inside of the cover.
Before you put the covers back on, make sure that all the electrical connections are secure and that there is no visible signs of burning or scorching on the tips.
Check your owner’s manual for more information on guidelines for your exercise bike maintenance, including recommendations on lubricants and other products. Performing regular maintenance on your exercise bike can keep your equipment working flawless for years to come.