Gymbo’s Maintenance Tips: Spin Bikes

Published: December 4, 2013, No comments

Gymbo’s Maintenance Tips: Spin Bikes

Gymbo will walk you through a step-by-step guide on exactly how to perform daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on your group cycle bike.

A spin bike is far easier to take care of than a regular bicycle that sees fre¬quent outdoor use. You don’t have to worry about dirt, mud, water, collisions or other issues that a well-used bicycle can run into. However, a Spinning Bike is not mainte¬nance free; you must keep it clean and tuned up to ensure the best workout and a long life from your equipment.

• Never use abrasive cleaning liquids or petroleum based solvents when wiping the cycle.
• It is recommended that class instructors direct class participants to release the tension from the cycle at the end of each class to allow perspiration to evaporate.
• Never clean with WD-40™ anywhere on group cycle bikes. WD-40™ is a petroleum product designed to penetrate and dissolve grease and will dissolve/damage some plastics.

Step 1:
Wipe down the entire bike with a clean, dry cloth to remove all sweat and moisture, which can cause corrosion on the components. Mix up a solution of mild soap and warm water and clean the bike thoroughly before drying again.

Avoid getting the soap and water mixture on the components or the chain, and don’t use the towel to remove any dirt, grease or debris from the chain. Use a quality degreaser to remove oil residue on the chain and the components.

Make sure to clean the following components:
• Handlebars
• Chain Guard
• Seat / Adjustable Slide for the Seat
• Brake & Bolt Assembly
• Flywheel
• Pop-Pins
• Back Leg Assembly
• Leveling Feet

Step 2
Lubricate all moving parts of the spin bike with a high-quality grease or spray lubricant. This includes the seat post, the threads of the resistance knobs, the adjustable foot threads and the chain. This will ensure the smooth running of the bike. Repeat at least twice a year if your spin bike is for personal use and once a month if used in a gym.

Step 3
Study the bike closely for any signs of rust. If any is found, remove it before thoroughly cleaning the area, repainting it and applying a coat of polish. Check this area in the future to ensure the rust does not return.

Step 4
Check the functioning and wear of the brake pads. Replace worn pads and clean any debris of build-up on pads still in use. Lubricate the brake springs ensuring that no lubricate leaks onto the brake.

Step 5
Ensure all bolts and screws are tightened and replace any that are old and worn.

Check each of these components to make sure they are properly tensioned:
Daily — Crack Arms
Daily — Pedals
Daily — Water Bottle Holders
Daily — Seat Hardware
Weekly — All Frame Based Hardware
Weekly — Toe Straps
Weekly — Tension Knob Assembly
Monthly — All Pop-Pins Handles
Monthly — Chain
Monthly — Flywheel
Monthly — Bottom Bracket Assembly
Monthly — Leveling Feet
Monthly — Brake Pads

Perform a Final Inspection of all parts and components, replacing any that are old or worn.

About the gymTOOLKIT
The gymTOOLKIT® is a compact and versatile mobile repair shop enabling you to preventatively maintain cardio and strength equipment on the spot, regardless of the manufacturer. The gymTOOLKIT contains every tool you will ever need to diagnose, repair and maintain any brand of fitness equipment.


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