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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