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Old 08-21-07, 07:44 PM   #1
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Stationary Bike Question

First and foremost, if this isn't the right board for this, which would be?

Anyway, since last year, I've owned a pretty nice (gym-quality) recumbent stationary bike. It's a Schwinn 227p with 6 different kinds of programs and 16 levels of difficulty. It has worked just fine for me, but recently (about 2 or 3 rides ago) it got stuck in one of the higher levels... and it won't come down! The programs keep acting like the levels shift... but the reality of the situation is very different. I usually go for 40 minutes straight at a time... and 40 minutes of high level --start to finish-- is very, very wearying... and usually dissuades me from going for another 40.

Has anyone any experience in fixing stationary bikes? I'd jump right into it without hesitation, but the guts of the bike are all encased in a sturdy plastic shell with no visible screws or bolts...

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Old 08-21-07, 07:56 PM   #2
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Sounds like the servo for the resistance unit has failed for some reason. I'll do some research and see what I can find as far as Tech Manuals. You might also ask this in the Mechanics forum though, as LBS's do sell Spinner Bikes, etc as well. Is it still under warranty since you've had it only since last year?
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First and foremost, if this isn't the right board for this, which would be?

Anyway, since last year, I've owned a pretty nice (gym-quality) recumbent stationary bike. It's a Schwinn 227p with 6 different kinds of programs and 16 levels of difficulty. It has worked just fine for me, but recently (about 2 or 3 rides ago) it got stuck in one of the higher levels... and it won't come down! The programs keep acting like the levels shift... but the reality of the situation is very different. I usually go for 40 minutes straight at a time... and 40 minutes of high level --start to finish-- is very, very wearying... and usually dissuades me from going for another 40.

Has anyone any experience in fixing stationary bikes? I'd jump right into it without hesitation, but the guts of the bike are all encased in a sturdy plastic shell with no visible screws or bolts...

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Old 08-22-07, 05:22 AM   #3
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I don't think it's still under warranty. It was a discounted floor model and it didn't come with any paperwork.

Shoulda asked for it, huh? :\
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I don't know what model you have, but I went to the Schwinn site and picked one of their exercise bikes. The warranty info said:
* Frame - 15 years
* Parts - 2 years
* Labor - 6 months
* Wear Items - 6 months
It's worth contacting them to see what they say. Customer service contacts: (800) 868-5764 or customerservice@schwinnfitness.com. You can download manuals here. Unless your receipt says it was a floor model, I wouldn't mention it. You did keep your receipt, right?
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