How often do you carry out maintenance checks for your indoor exercise bike? Note that while wear and tear are normal and unavoidable, its rate can be slowed down to allow for the bike’s longevity. There remain several maintenance routines that you can adopt in ensuring your bike’s longevity and set you on a path towards achieving your much-desired Khloe Kardashian-like abs. For instance, you can consult the manufacturer’s guide or stick to some of the most common daily and weekly spin bike maintenance tips. Here are a few maintenance tips to get you started.
1. Clean after every use
Ideally, the type of cleaning required of a spin bike is the same regardless of the kind of the bike, especially considering that the cleanup is primarily meant to keep dust and moisture off the bike components and sensors. Remember that during exercise your sweat trickles down to the parts of the bike such as the seat. If you are applying creams or using gel seat covers to make it more comfortable, it is even more important to clean it after every workout. Otherwise, it may become smelly or even dangerous for your health.
Nonetheless, ensure that you get the cleaning procedure right if you are to avoid doing more harm than good to the bike. For instance, only use a damp cloth dipped in soapy water or a non-abrasive cleaning solution. Remember to dry all the cleaned parts of the bike to avoid accumulation of moisture. Most importantly, avoid any petroleum-based solvents during cleaning the bike as they corrode its paint.
The bottom bracket of the spin bike not only supports your weight but is also in constant contact with the exercising ground. Check the surface on which it rests to ensure with the understanding that if it isn’t regularly cleaned, the brackets stand exposed to both dirt and moisture, both of which negatively affect the life and usability of the spin wheel. Therefore, always ensure that the surface on which the spin bike rests is regularly cleaned if you hope to extend the bike’s longevity.
Plus, while cleaning the brackets after every workout may not be a viable option, remember to regularly vacuum or wipe the ground on which it rests often. This prevents the accumulation of dust and dirt particles that eventually find their way into the sensitive components of the bike leading to expensive repairs.
3. Weekly auditory maintenance checks
The weekly maintenance schedule involves checking out a spin bike’s moving parts and components. Ensure that they are not only in a proper working condition but that they are correctly attached to the bike. During the check, remember that though the bike was designed and tested to withstand the training pressure associated with supporting varying weights of their users and the pressure they exert to its moving parts, it still requires constant evaluation.
Start by testing out the bike’s user mode while paying close attention to any squeaking sounds or vibrations during exercise as any of these is an indicator of an underlying problem. You should also keep out an eye for any unusual uneasiness with the drive chain. Inspect the bike for any loose components, nuts, and bolts. Tighten the loose assemblies such as the frame base, all the pull pin handles, and toe straps as well as the seat.
Note that they don’t necessarily have to be on the verge of sticking out of their attachments to consider tightening them, attend to all the nuts and bolts and movable parts of the bike and ensure that they hold their positions firmly. Nonetheless, consider all other necessary precautions such as over-tightening these parts of the bike to avoid breaking the plastics attachments.
4. Lubrication and part replacements
There remain some bike inspection areas that you often bypass during your daily maintenance and even forget during a weekly inspection. For instance, what is the last time you checked you bikes lubrication and do you have a constant lubrication schedule? Additionally, apart from just cleaning and drying the brackets, handlebars, and seats, how often do you inspect the condition of the mainframe?
Note that even with constant cleaning, corrosion and rust can still build up in small crevasses in such parts as the leveling feet and other bolt assemblies. Consider placing the spin bike in an upside-down position once in a while, maybe monthly or quarterly, to inspect hard to reach areas for corrosion and rust. You can then use a small wire to rub off corroded pains or remove the rust accumulation from these stretches. This position also makes the oiling and lubrication of the different moving parts of the bike less strenuous.
Alternatively, consider engaging a professional maintenance expert.
It would be a shame to climb up a bike only to have its resistance band snap in the middle of a workout session. You can avoid this by conducting simple inspections on your bike and maintaining it in a proper working condition. Some of these inspections and maintenance routines require no expertise and can be handled by virtually anyone including such cycling enthusiasts as Demi Lovato.
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.