Sportsmith Blog
27Apr/160

Spin Bike Maintenance Means Happier Customers


Keeping your spin bikes up and running smoothly requires a daily, weekly and monthly maintenance schedule.  This will help save time, money and will help keep your spin bikes running at optimal performance resulting in happier customers for your facility.

Tools and supplies needed:

Tool kit with various wrenches, sockets and screw drivers.

Equipment polish

Chain degreaser

Lubricants such as silicon spray and chain wax

Daily Maintenance:

Once spin bike classes are finished this is an optimal time to wipe all the equipment down. Sweat is very corrosive and may cause long-term trouble for parts replacement later in the month. Wipe down the seats, frames and handlebars to remove excess sweat from these areas.

Pay special attention to the seat post; handle bar post and chain guard.  Next, get on the bike, engage the drive train, and pay attention to any vibrations felt through the pedals.  If vibrations are felt, you may need to tighten the pedals, bottom bracket, or adjust the drive chain tension. Lastly, you should torque the pedals. You will need a pedal wrench.  Tighten the pedals until they are secure.

Weekly Maintenance:

Weekly maintenance requires tightening down hardware and inspecting various moving parts. Inspect the pull pin frame fittings making sure the fittings are snug. Loose frame fittings over time may strip out the threads causing sever damage. Second, clean and lubricate the pull pin assemblies by pulling on the pin spray a small amount of lubricant onto the shaft. Third, torque the seat hardware making sure the seat is level and centered.

Fourth, brush and treat the resistance pads.  Remove any foreign material that may have collected on the pads and spray the pads with a silicon lubricant.  This helps in reducing noise caused from friction between the pads and the flywheel. Finally, visually inspect the bottom bracket, top clips and toe straps.  If any of these items are loose or disconnected re-attach and re-tighten.

Monthly Maintenance:

Monthly maintenance is a time for re-lubricating most moving parts and a basic hardware check. First, recheck all hardware such as water bottle holders, flywheel nuts, chain guard bolts, brake caliper lock nuts and brake caliper tension rod nuts are secure. Second, lubricate the drive chain.

This is accomplished by using the red straw on the chain wax can and looking for a small hole towards the back of the chain guard on the top side. Rotate the crank slowly while lubricating the drive chain. This will help to distribute the lubricant more effectively. Third, clean and lubricate the brake tension rod while inspecting for signs of wear such as missing threads.  Finally, clean and lubricate the seat post, handle bar post and seat slider removing any build up of foreign material at the point of insertion.

In summary, this is only general information about maintenance items that should be performed on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

A qualified technician should perform any maintenance procedures. Always check your manufacturer’s recommendations and maintenance materials before performing any work on the equipment.

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