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18Jan/19Off

Schwinn Triple Link Pedals Everything You Want to Know

These pedals fit all Schwinn Indoor Cycles. Also fits many StarTrac and Keiser Indoor Cycles. They will fit any bike that will accept a 9/16" threaded pedal. This pedal is two-sided with 3 different options of use. One side works with Look Delta style cleat or with the included toe clip. To engage the cage or cleat place it over the pedal and push down.

To adjust the release tension turn the tension screw clockwise to tighten and counter clockwise to loosen. The toe cage has a locking feature to prevent accidental release during use.

You must push down on the lock to remove the toe cage. To remove the toe cage grab it with both hands and turn the front of the cage away from the bike. The opposite side works with most SPD style cleats.

To install the cleats place it over the pedal and push down. To remove turn heel inward or outward to release cleat. To adjust release tension turn the screw. Clockwise will increase and counter-clockwise will lower the tension.

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Warning: This pedal is for Indoor Cycles only. Do not use on outdoor bicycles. There are no reflectors for safety, and the pedal can rotate dangerously close to the ground in some instances.

Although it looks the same as the delta style cleat, the Keo cleat is smaller and does not work with this pedal. It is also not compatible with any indoor cycle that accepts tapered

17Jul/18Off

How to Re-calibrate Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle Display With No Tool

This video demonstrates how to re-calibrate the Keiser M3 indoor cycle display without a calibration tool.

To begin move the handle to the straight up position

  • Unplug the battery connector from the display
  • Wait several seconds before reconnecting
  • Wait for the computer screen to go blank
    • This will take one to two minutes
  • Turn the pedals forward one revolution
    • At this point, you should see some numbers flashing
  • Move the handle all the way to the down position
  • Turn the pedals forward one revolution
    • Now the display should show a "1"
  • Twist and release the magnet housing five times to save the calibration and exit calibration mode
  • "CAL'b" indicates a successful calibration, you can resume normal use of your indoor cycle after the computer goes blank
  • "Err2" indicates the handle was too far forward
    • Try again with the handle straight up as shown in the video
  • "Err1" indicates the handle was too far down
    • Try again with the handle straight up as shown in the video

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2Jul/18Off

How to Replace The Concept 2 Indoor Rower Chain on Models C/D/E

This video will demonstrate how to replace the chain on a Concept2 indoor rower models C, D and E.

  • To begin split the monorail from the frame by lifting the mouse and raising the monorail
  • Flip the frame over
  • Slide the return mechanism cover out of the frame
  • Remove the two SCAM pieces after taking note of the way the SCAMS connect for assembly
  • Hold the shock cord with one hand
  • Disconnect it from the pulley axle with your other hand
  • Slowly release the tension of the shock cord
  • Remove the nut and bolt holding the chain to the traveling pulley
    • Our machine used an 11mm wrench and a Phillips screwdriver
  • Remove the two connectors from the end of the chain taking note of how they attach to the chain
  • Remove the chain from the traveling pulley
  • Feed the end of the chain into the frame, while pulling the handle end of the chain to remove the chain from the rower
  • Remove the U-bolt from the handle
    • For plastic handles push the U-bolt forward and remove the nuts from the U-bolt
      • Our machine used an 11mm wrench
    • For wooden handles use a screwdriver handle to tap the U-bolt down to remove the nuts
  • Install the U-bolt onto the new chain swivel
  • Install the new chain and U-bolt to the handle
  • Upright the frame and secure the handle into the foot straps
  • Place the frame in the storage position as shown in the video
  • Feed the end of the chain through the chain guide and into the hole in the top of the frame
  • Feed the chain around the sprocket
    • You will need to spin the sprocket from the bottom to get the chain around the sprocket
  • Flip the frame upside down
  • Verify the chain only goes around the sprocket while feeding it toward the rear of the frame
  • Feed the chain through the traveling pulley from the bottom and around the pulley as shown
  • Make sure the chain is not twisted around itself or the shock cord
  • Feed the chain toward the front of the machine and install it around the pulley bottom side first
  • Make sure it is not twisted around itself or the shock cord
  • Feed the chain back toward the rear of the machine
  • Install the connector pieces as shown to the chain
    • They install in opposite directions
  • Install the chain to the traveling pulley with the nut and bolt removed earlier
  • Connect the two SCAM pieces to the axle as noted earlier
  • Again, Verify that the chain and shock cord routing is correct and not twisted or overlapping
  • Install the return mechanism cover
  • Upright the frame
  • Connect the frame to the monorail
  • Test the rower
  • If the shock cord does not return verify the shock cord path and the chain routing is correct.  You should also confirm that both are on all the pulleys.

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2Jul/18Off

Which Bottom Bracket Tool Do I Need?

 

This video highlights two different bottom bracket styles and the required service tools. There are two different styles of tools used to remove the bottom brackets on most indoor cycles. The ISIS (International Splined Interface System) version has 8 notches.

The square tapered shaft version has 20 notches To determine which tool you need, look at the bottom bracket and count the notches in the cup. The video shows an example of both styles, side by side for comparison.

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7Jul/16Off

Why Your Treadmill Belt Maybe Slipping

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With a treadmill, one of the most common issues people experience is a belt that's slipping. There are a few reasons this might happen. Luckily, there are also a number of fairly simple ways to fix this issue that you can do on your own, without calling anyone to service the machine.

Why Your Belt Might Be Slipping

There are actually two belts on a treadmill - there's the belt most commonly talked about which is the walking / running surface of your treadmill. And then there's the drive belt which connects from the motor to the front rollers. In this case, we're discussing the walking surface of your treadmill.

There may be a few reasons why your belt is slipping. Before trying to figure it out on your own, or even with general instructions like these, you want to check the manual produced by the manufacturer of your machine.

This is especially important if your machine is newer or still under warranty because the warranty may limit what repairs you can do yourself. Many warranties specify that only a repair service authorized by the manufacturer can perform certain repairs, so that's something to keep in mind before moving forward.

  • Too Much Friction. In some cases, the belt may need to be lubricated because the friction may be causing the belt to slip. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for the compatible lubrication.
  • Tension. Most often this is just a case of needing to adjust the tension of the belt. With use and age, the belt can naturally stretch, losing some of the tension and causing the belt to slip. There are a number of methods to correct this which we'll discuss in detail below.
  • Drive Belt. In some cases, the running belt may be stopping because the drive belt needs to be tightened on some models. This can be performed at home, though you'll want to check your manual. This type of repair will usually void the warranty if there is one.

Adjusting the Tension in Your Running Belt

If your belt is slipping, it's usually a matter of adjusting the tension. There are three different methods to repair this issue, which work on new belt installations as well as repairing existing running belts.

Stomp Test on Front Roller

The stomp test is a great way to test the retention on your running belt and repair an existing belt that's slipping.

  1. Check the rollers and underneath the belt to make sure there is no debris or wax buildup.
  2. Verify that belt centering is correct or true.
  3. Stand on machine and set to 3 mph.
  4. Attempt to stop the running belt from moving by bracing your feet on the running belt and your hands on the bar.
  5. If the belt slows or slips and the rollers are still moving, your tension needs to be adjusted. To do this, turn the adjustment tools on both sides of the rear roller to tighten, about a quarter of a turn to start.
  6. Repeat test and adjust until the rollers stop moving when you stop the belt.

Using Belt Gauges

For most belt replacements, using calipers would be a preferred method. It can be done without gauges, though this does make the process slightly simpler. Gauges can also be used to adjust machines with existing belts.

  1. Using belt gauges or calipers, you're going to stretch the belt according to the manufacturer's specifications.
  2. This method is usually used on  a new belt but can be performed on a machine where the tension just needs to be adjusted. In the case of an existing belt, you need to release the current tension before applying the gauges.

Without Using Calipers

  1. In the case of an existing belt, release the current tension before proceeding.
  2. Using a tape measure, put two marks on each side of the belt, 36 inches apart in the length.
  3. Then adjust the side bolts on both sides to 36 and 3/16 inches.
  4. Test the machine and adjust if needed.

There are a few reasons that your treadmill belt might start slipping. It could be a simple matter of age and use. A lot of activity on the machine or heavy running can also cause the belt to stretch faster than moderate use might. Armed with this information, you should be able to diagnose the issue. Some repairs may be more advanced than what we've detailed here and it's always advisable to check the manufacturer's manual before attempting any repairs.

Additional Resources:

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3Jun/15Off

Treadmill Desks Are Fueling the Next Fitness Boom

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A sedentary lifestyle dramatically increases the risk of developing lifelong obesity, heart disease, mental health problems and certain cancers. With jobs moving from labor-intensive manufacturing positions to all-day office work while sitting at a desk, more people are facing health effects from limited physical activity than ever before. Luckily, the innovative treadmill desk has caught the eyes of office managers everywhere. Treadmill desks drastically limit sitting time by keeping people moving throughout the day. The effects go beyond improving public health to benefiting office-based companies, fitness centers and fitness equipment service providers.

Participant Benefits
The main benefit of using a treadmill desk center is improvement in the health and lives of workers. Daily physical activity not only provides incredibly dramatic physical health improvements but also has lasting effects on mood and well-being. The health effects further inspire workers to head into the gym to build their strength and endurance on additional fitness machines. Companies benefit from a decrease in sick days and medical insurance claims alongside a boost in production numbers.

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Improved Health Status
The health effects of sitting for hours each day are devastating to people in all demographics. The effects tend to multiply several times over as the hours of sitting drag on throughout the day, week and year. In fact, the risk of dying in a three-year period increases more than 40 percent for people who stay seated for at least 11 hours each day. Health problems contributing to that increased risk of premature death include coronary heart disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, anxiety and obesity.

Motivation to Work Out
As workers start to feel healthy and energized from leaving seated work behind, the newfound feelings of well-being often encourage them to head to the gym for additional rounds of fitness training. Workers might want to round out the cardio benefits of their treadmill desks with lunchtime lifting programs to build strength. Gym owners near office complexes will likely see an increase in visits, especially before work, during the lunch hour and toward the evening, as treadmill desks take over office spaces.

Boost in Productivity
Workers who feel well and energized will naturally have more effort to put into tasks throughout the work day. As a result, productivity levels for each worker will quickly rise as workers adapt to using their treadmill desks. Constant movement encourages workers to keep their minds on their daily goals, which reduces the amount of downtime between smaller tasks. Since workers will spend the work day walking on the treadmill, the frequent need to leave their desks to stretch their legs may dramatically decrease. Workers may even favor a collaborative treadmill desk layout that keeps everyone in close proximity to encourage sharing without delaying completion of daily tasks.

Workers will naturally call in sick less often, leading to more productive days with the full roster of staff members on hand. Office managers may even see fewer high-value insurance claims as staff member health problems naturally decrease over time.

Industry Benefits
The integration of treadmill desks into office environments definitely benefit fitness equipment manufacturers and repair technicians worldwide. As office managers adopt this potentially lifesaving and business-boosting workplace setup, treadmills will be in high demand.

Increased Repair Requests
With so many treadmills running at a time, service technicians will constantly have a full queue of maintenance and repair appointments. Friction between the constantly moving parts necessitates regular maintenance to keep treadmill components in good shape throughout the machine's life.

Since most treadmills only consist of components vital to the main operation of the moving walking surface, any worn or broken parts will require immediate repair to return the equipment to service. With the increase in repair requests, skilled technicians may start to consider the use of desk treadmills a boon to the fitness equipment service industry.

Keeping Equipment Maintained to Facilitate Workers' Needs
After full adoption of the fitness desk configuration, service technicians will be running between office environments on a regular basis to keep equipment in good shape over the years. Keeping the treadmills running for even half of the work day will constantly wear down the belts and decks. Cleaning the equipment, inside and out, will consistently remain a vital part of service technicians' callout requests to keep appearances up throughout the office space.

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11Dec/140

How to replace the treadmill belt and deck on the Matrix T3X

Tools Needed: 4MM, 5MM, 6MM, and 8 MM Hex wrench and a Phillips screwdriver.

This video will demonstrate how to replace a belt and deck on a Matrix T3X treadmill. Though the video is specific to this treadmill it is very similar to most treadmills in the market.

1. Using a Phillips Screwdriver, remove the lower shroud and both end caps as seen in the video.

2. Next, using an 8MM hex wrench, remove the two rear roller bolts then remove the roller.

3. With a pair of pliers disconnect the drive belt tension assembly spring as shown in the video.

4. Use a 6mm Hex wrench to remove the two front roller bolts, and then remove the roller.

5. Now, with a 4MM hex wrench remove the side rail frames. There are two bolts on each of them.

6. Next remove the side rails. To do so you will need to move the rail back and forth until it is orientated over the mounts shown in the video. Once you do so, the rail will lift straight up off the unit.

7. Remove the deck bolts using a 5MM hex wrench. There are four on each side of the deck.

8. Slide the front roller out of the unit.

9. Grab the deck on each side and remove it and the running belt together.

10. Thoroughly clean the entire unit and both rollers. This step can dramatically extend or the life of a belt and deck. Not doing this can shorten the life significantly.

11. Install the belt onto the deck as shown in the video and then slide them in place on the unit and align the belt and deck with the holes in the frame.

12. Install the front roller. Make sure you install the drive belt. Center the belt on the front roller then start both of the front roller bolts. Once you have started both bolts, tighten them.

13. Install the drive belt tension spring.

14. Install the eight Deck bolts.

15. Install the rear roller and make sure that the end of the bolts goes through the hole in the frame for the roller alignment as shown in the video.

16. Now tension the rear roller. For more information on the belt tension process click HERE.

17. Re-install the side rails and rear roller cover frames.

18. Install the rear roller covers and lower shroud.

Additional Resources:

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25Aug/140

How to Align a Treadmill Walking Belt

 

One of the most commonly reported issues that treadmill owners run into is that of the walking belt gradually slipping off of one side of the track. This may lead to the belt feeling loose under your feet while running or walking. The dislodged belt may also be visibly set off to one side while the treadmill is in motion.

It's important to keep treadmill walking belts properly aligned for a number of reasons. For starters, if a belt becomes poorly aligned, it could actually pose a danger to the person using the treadmill. After all, a belt that's not properly aligned won't have the right amount of tension, which could lead to loosening and make walkers/runners more prone to slipping. Furthermore, if the belt isn't re-aligned, this could also lead to premature wear and tear on the machine itself. Fortunately, aligning a walking belt on a treadmill may be easier than you think; read on to find out how to perform this repair.

For Rear-Roller Adjusting Belts

Many treadmills have belts that can be adjusted using the rear roller, or the one furthest away from the controls of the machine itself. Therefore, it's important to note that this tutorial will focus only on rear-roller adjusting treadmills.

If the Belt Slides to the Right

If the walking belt has begun to slide off to the right side of the roller, use an Allen wrench to either tighten the bolt on the right side of the roller or loosen the bolt on the left side. Be careful, though. When tightening and loosening bolts, less is more. Perform only a quarter-inch turn at a time. Test your work by turning the treadmill on to its lowest possible setting. If the belt seems to be properly aligned, your work is done. If not, you may need to adjust further; just be sure to do so in small increments.

If the Belt Slides to the Left

If you find that the belt slides to the left of the roller while the treadmill is turned on, then you'll need to follow the same instructions above with one exception. Instead of loosening the bolt on the left and tightening the one on the right, you'll need to loosen the one on the right and tighten the one on the left. Maintain the same gradual, quarter-inch turns and check your work carefully.

Additional Resources:

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12Jun/140

How to Install The Schwinn Airdyne Wedge Pin


Installing the Schwinn Airdyne Wedge Pin

The following instructions for installing and removing wedge pins are applicable to Airdyne bike models AD3, AD4 and some Pro/Comp models. Each wedge pin has a flat edge that mates with a corresponding part. All parts that require a wedge pin will have a flat edge in one location. This allows the wedge pin to slide into position. To assemble the eccentric arm and cartridge, slide the eccentric onto the post of the cartridge, install the wedge pin and put the washer and nut on the back side.

Removing the Wedge Pin

To remove the wedge pin, use a wrench to loosen the nut at the top until there is a bit of play behind it. Use a rubber mallet to tap the top until the wedge pin begins to move down through the opening. Once the wedge pin slides easily, take the nut completely off the wedge pin and push the wedge pin out of the assembly. If the wedge pin has been installed on a machine for an extended length of time, it may be somewhat difficult to remove.

Installing Wedge Pins in the Proper Direction

When installing wedge pins during the crank arm assembly on Airdyne bikes it is important to be aware of the direction in which the wedge pins are installed. The crank arms on each side of the assembly should be at exactly a 180 degree angle from one another. It’s essential that the wedge pins on each side of the assembly are installed in opposite directions to ensure the crank arms are positioned correctly. If the wedge pin on the eccentric side has the nut up and the stud down, the wedge pin on the opposite side should be reversed.

Tightening the Assembly

Inside the nut, there is a nylon insert. The nut must be tightened sufficiently for the threads to grasp the nylon insert for it to hold properly. Proper tightening is accomplished by pushing the wedge pin in and starting the nut manually. Use a wrench to ensure it is thoroughly tightened. There should be no play in it at all. As a precaution, check the part after it has been installed for a while to verify that the nuts remain tight. If they are not seated properly, once the machine is in operation, they will begin to move. Even though the wedge pin may be seated correctly, if the nut isn’t tightened properly, there will be play between the moving parts that will cause the system to wear out prematurely.

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7May/140

How To Lubricate A Treadmill Deck Using Liquid Lube in 4 Easy Steps

Video about How to Lubricate a Treadmill using Liquid Lube

  1. To begin, clean the deck and belt by loosening the rear roller bolts 10 turns as seen in the video. It is best to loosen each side five turns and then repeat the process. Now that the belt is loose you can take an old towel and place it under the belt as shown in the video. Move the towel up and down the deck, then using your hands pull the belt around half way to ensure you have completely cleaned the back of the belt. Then remove the towel.
  2. Open your lube packet and use half of the package to make a half circle on the deck, from the front outer portion of the deck toward the center and then back to the outer edge. Use about half the package for this arc. Now repeat the process on the opposite side. Be sure to wipe up any excess oil as it is very slick!
  3. Use your hand to move the belt around some more to begin spreading the lubricant out.Now tighten the rear roller bolts back to the exact amount of turns they were loosened previously.
  4. Power on and start the machine and let it run slowly for a few seconds to make sure the belt is staying aligned in the center of the deck area. If it is not centered correctly, make minor adjustments to correct the issue. Tighten the left bolt to move the belt to the right and tighten the right bolt to move the belt to the left. Now walk on the belt for a minute or so to fully distribute the lubricant.

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