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    Mmmm, Blue Salsa.... BubbaDog's Avatar
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    CycleOps Fluid 1 Trainer Repair?

    Not exactly bicycle mechanics, but mechanical stuff for bicycles . I recently purchased a first generation (purple/yellow label, non-adjustable, pre-bankruptcy) fluid trainer for almost nothing off Craigslist. When I went to pick it up, I noticed some oil outside the bottom of the casting. I had heard about leakage and gasket problems on these but figured I'd take a shot for $10. Got it home and set it up, seems like little or no resistance regardless of pedaling speed. I'm planning on opening it up and seeing what makes it tick, any insights from anyone with previous experience? I figure the gasket can be replaced if bad with some high-temp liquid engine gasket 'goo', had read that the early stock gaskets couldn't take the heat. Wondering what type of oil it uses, I'm thinking maybe engine oil based on the heat it probably generates under load.

    Emailed CycleOps for info with little success. Since Saris bought them out of bankruptcy a few years back, they said they have no parts and don't support them in any fashion. The only upside is if I can't fix it, they'll sell me a brand new CycleOps Fluid 2 for $150 to take mine out of circulation. That seems like a pretty good deal, but would like to try to fix this first and see if I enjoy using a trainer. TIA for any help....

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    If you get it working, do a picture step by step FAQ for others to be able to learn from.

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    You might be able to get info on the type of oil used if you tell the manufacturer that you need an MSDS for it. You might have to tell a white lie and say that it leaked and you have an allergy to some petroleum products, or that your dog or kid licked some of it up, etc.

    I have not idea of what they're legally required to tell you. Who knows ... it might be worth a shot.

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    Mmmm, Blue Salsa.... BubbaDog's Avatar
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    An update and closure to this thread, with a happy ending no less . Went to one of the LBSs in town and asked them if they knew what oil was used in the trainers. Nope, but they called the distributor to ask. Nope, but they told me to call CycleOps rather than email them like last time. Gave them a ring up and asked about the oil, they said it was proprietary and asked why I needed oil. Told them about my leaker, they said send just the resistance unit in and gave me an RMA number. A week later arrives a brand new Fluid2 resistance unit, woohoo! Not bad for a $10 investment ....

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    2004 Salsa LaRaza aka "Mmmm, Blue Salsa" (853 steel is real, baby!)
    2003 Kona Humu Humu Nuka Nuka Apua'A Singlespeed - Gone, but not forgotten
    1998 Diamondback Outlook MTB
    1990 Centurion Cavaletto 'Gaspipe Beater' Roadie
    1978 Volkscycle 'Frankenbike' CroMo Tourer

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