How to Maintain a Spinning Bike

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A Spinning bike is far easier to take care of than a regular bicycle that sees frequent 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 maintenance-free; you must keep it clean and tuned up to ensure the best workout and a long life from your equipment. Read on to learn more.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rags
  • Sanitizer and degreaser
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdriver
  • Torque wrench
  • Spinning bike maintenance manual

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Keep your Spinning bike clean by wiping it down with rags and sanitizer after every workout. This is the most important element of preventative maintenance. Without the wind blowing over you, your sweat drops directly down onto the bike, where the salt can corrode the components over time, break down the lubricants and destroy the bike.

  2. 2

    Deep-clean your Spinning bike periodically. If you use it several times a week, remove the cowlings, wash everything down with a good degreaser and lubricate all moving parts about once a month. If your Spinning bike sees less use, you should still clean and re-lube it at least twice a year as the lubricant breaks down over time.

  3. 3

    Release all tension on the bike at the end of every use. This keeps the cables or chains from stretching and opens everything up to allow moisture to evaporate, making maintenance easier by preventing damage and corrosion.

  4. 4

    Examine all screws periodically on the water bottle cages, which can become loose over time. Use a screwdriver to tighten any loose screws.

  5. 5

    Check the torque settings of the pedals about once a month for a home bike or weekly for a Spinning bike in a gym. If you change the pedals frequently, then check them with every change. Check the manufacturer's instructions for specific torque settings for your model of Spinning bike.

  6. 6

    Inspect the torque settings of the crankarms monthly for a home bike or weekly for a gym bike. Use a torque wrench in the mounting bolts. Again, check the manufacturer's specific torque numbers for your model of bike.

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