A Spinning® bike can make a great addition to any home gym. Unlike outdoor bikes, indoor cycling bikes are much easier to maintain, since there is less worry of water damage, rust or corrosion from being left outside in the elements. Still, it’s important to perform regular maintenance and upkeep on your indoor bike to ensure it lasts as long as possible, and to ensure that you get the most from your fitness investment.
One of the easiest and most basic ways to maintain your Spinning® bike is to wipe it down after each use. You can remember this by leaving a spray bottle and a rag near the bike. Wiping down your bike after each use is important, because sweat can drip onto the various components of your bike during the workout. The salt that exists in those sweat droplets can actually corrode the metal components of the bike. It’s important to choose mild cleaners to keep in your spray bottle. Never choose an oil-based or abrasive cleaner, but instead, choose something like SpinTech® Polish or another SpinTech productscrafted especially for use on your Spinning® bike. Choose an absorbent cloth to use on your bike, and don’t forget to wipe down all of the important parts that can be exposed to moisture, including the handlebars, flywheel, chain guard, brake, resistance knob and pedals.
If you use your Spinning® bike more than a few times a week, it is a good idea to give it a deeper clean a few times each year. This can be done by removing the adjustable parts and cleansing with a degreaser, then following up by re-lubricating the adjustable parts. This will ensure that there is no rust build up and your bike can be adjusted for the life of the bike without difficulty.
When you have finished your workout, in addition to wiping down your bike, it’s a good idea to release all of the resistance from the bike cables so there is no tension. This will help keep the cables them stretching and going slack over time. It will also keep the chains safe from corrosion.
About once a month, you’ll also want to check the torque setting of your bike. If you ignore this step, it can cause injury to the rider or damage to the bike. For the pedals, use a pedal wrench and verify that the pedal is not cross-threaded. At the same time, you can check water bottle holders to ensure that the screws are tight. Be sure to use a water bottle that fits properly in your bike’s water bottle holder. Trying to shove in an oversized water bottle can lead to damage to your bike. You’ll also want to check the crank arms by using a torque wrench.
Owning a Spinning® bike in your home is a great investment toward your future health and fitness goals, and with the proper upkeep and maintenance, your indoor cycling bike can last for decades. Be sure to check out the wide range of Spinning® Bikes available for purchase for both beginning and advanced riders.