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Repair ergometer

Sources of error do not necessarily depend on the model

If there is a fault with the ergometer, it does not necessarily depend on the type of training device. Basically, however, one differentiates according to:

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While the first variant looks like a normal bicycle, the second one does the training while lying down. The latter is particularly useful when it comes to treating pain and problems in the back area, while the classic bicycle ergometer is also used for more complex training.

If an error occurs, the repair procedure does not always depend on the Construction together. For example, a bicycle ergometer can have a defect that can be repaired in the same way as a recumbent ergometer.

Typical defects in an ergometer

If at some point you notice that something on your ergometer no longer works as it should, there may be a defect. In either case, what you can do is troubleshoot. Because there are some ergometer problems for which it is typical symptoms gives. Therefore, here is a table in which we describe the signs of a problem and the possible cause for each one:

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symptompossible defect
Braking resistor no longer works
  • Computer broken
  • Induction brake defective (usually ensures the transfer of the training resistance from the computer to the flywheel)
no indication on the display / incorrect data
  • defective circuit board cable
  • broken computer
clacking or creaking noises in the pedal area
  • Bearing damage in the pedal
  • Broken pedal arm
creaking noise in the steering column
  • Connection screw between steering column and device body torn
Flywheel knocks out (loud noises)
  • Ball bearing in the flywheel defective

No matter what the error is: In most cases, the only remedy is to replace the defective component.

Why hiring a professional is important

If you do not have the necessary knowledge of how an ergometer works and how to properly remove the parts, we recommend that you consult one Specialist. They usually do the exchange in a few simple steps and always know exactly how to proceed.

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The use of the specialist is also recommended because special spare parts are often needed, which he usually has with him. If you want to get these from the Internet or other sources instead, it is usually a little more difficult.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages at a glance:

  • necessary specialist knowledge is available
  • Repairs are usually done quickly
  • He always has the necessary spare parts at hand or knows where to get them
  • Service is not free

As you can see, the advantages are obvious. Please also bear in mind that if you want to carry out the repair yourself, the specialist usually demands a surcharge if he has to be called at the end. Because he usually has to get one first Provide overview, when you have removed a number of parts and you want to put them back correctly in the ergometer.

Therefore: It is best to call a specialist immediately in the event of a defect. It saves you time and money on repairs.

Prophylactic measures to avoid mistakes

There is one thing you can do yourself to avoid mistakes: maintain the ergometer regularly. Although this can also be done by a specialist, the necessary steps for you are very easy and can be done within a few minutes.

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This is done according to annual and ongoing Maintenance work differentiated. Ongoing maintenance work primarily includes cleaning the ergometer after each training session. The components to which you should pay special attention are:

  • Handlebars
  • Heart rate sensors
  • console
  • Seat

There are special cleaning sets on the market for this task, but a damp cloth moistened with a mild cleaning agent is usually sufficient. The reason for this is that sweat settles on said components during each training session. Sweat contains sodium, a salt that not only leaves white spots, but also eats into the components over time. In addition, the smell of sweat should become unpleasant in the long run.

The annual maintenance work, however, includes the following work steps:

  • Lubricate seals and bearings (appropriate lubricants are available from retailers)
  • Check belt
  • Check the brake unit
  • Retighten screws if necessary
  • Carry out a function test

How to carry out a correct function test can be found in the operating instructions. If this is no longer available, check the manufacturer's website. Most offer the Manuals of your devices in PDF format for download.

Normally, you shouldn't make any unusual noises during any of these maintenance steps. If there are squeaking and rubbing noises, this usually means that the relevant parts have to be freshly lubricated. At the same time, the stationary position of the ergometer can also be used controlled and corrected if necessary. You can make this setting using the adjusting screws located on the underside of the frame.

Regular use is also important

One thing that the mechanics of the ergometer suffers from is a lack of movement. The device should therefore be used regularly. Nevertheless, at some point put a few weeks Training break make sure that the mechanics of the ergometer work every now and then. Preferably once a week. This little thing ensures that the bearings and pedals remain flexible and that you can enjoy your ergometer for a long time.

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