For many reasons, fitness centers are equipped with exercise bikes considering that spinning is an excellent way of burning calories and losing weight. Further, good quality exercise bikes enable outdoor cyclists to carry out their training when it is impossible to do it outside.
It is a brilliant idea to have a stationary bike at home for those who want to do cardio exercises regularly. However, it is a nightmare when the pedals break, and you have no idea how to repair them. Fortunately, you do not need professional skills to be able to fix broken exercise bike pedals.
Nevertheless, it is not a straightforward task if you do not understand the working of that specific bike model pedals. After all, just like any other mechanism, exercise bikes come in various kinds from different manufacturers with differing pedal repair processes.
It is therefore advisable to follow the manufacturer’s pedal fixing techniques to avoid damage or injury. Even more, you need to check the manufacturer’s warranty terms and conditions before trying to fix the pedals. Hopefully, the below step by step guide provides you with detailed information on how to fix exercise bike pedal.
Tighten a loose pedal
A loose pedal is the most popular pedal problem in a stationary bike. If this is the case, the pedal needs tightening using a pedal wrench. The first thing is to look for the bolt that connects the pedals. In most cases, the pedals become lose due to a loose connecting bolt. Depending on the side you are on while tightening the bolt, tightening can be in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.
Take the pedal wrench and use it to tighten the pedal. If you are drawing the pedal on the right side, use the clockwise movement to secure it. In the same way, if you are setting the left side pedal, use the counterclockwise direction when tightening. Ensure the bolts tighten to the right torque before spinning.
Replace the broken pedal
Pedal replacement means removing the old pedals and installing new pedals. It would be best if you had a thread locker and wrench to carry out this task. In some cases, the only solution to broken pedals is to replace them. To avoid compatibility issues, buy the replacement pedals according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Unplug the stationary bike before repairing it, and using a crank arm, remove both pedals. You can as well use an Allen wrench or Philips screwdriver to remove the pedals. Note that you need a clockwise movement to remove the pedal on the right side. Similarly, use the counterclockwise movement to remove the pedal on the left side. Remove them carefully, ensuring you do not damage the threads.
In this regard, use a crank arm puller to remove the pedals effectively. Install the new pedals by connecting them to the bolt and putting around two drops of the thread lockers on the bolt. Fit the bolt to the hole and then turn the connecting bolt in the clockwise direction if it is the right pedal. In the same way, after replacing the left side pedal, turn the connecting bolt in the counterclockwise order. Use your fingers to turn the bolt until it perfectly fits in the hole for both sides. Then, use the pedal wrench to tighten the pedals securely on the spin bike.
Check the manufacturer’s warranty
In most cases, exercise bike manufacturers give a guarantee or warranty to their products. If the bike is still under cover of the manufacturer’s warranty, you can ask for spare parts or repair help from the manufacturer. In this case, do not attempt to fix the bike before contacting the manufacturer to avoid voiding the warranty. It is the most advisable option if the cycle is still under the manufacturer’s warranty.
Fix squeaking or knocking pedals
It is one of the most widespread problems to spin bike pedals. In most cases, it arises from jammed pedals due to moldiness or rust. In some cases, the lack of lubrication can be the cause. Disassemble the bike first and then clean the pedals. Apply a lubricant while turning them until the squeaking noise is gone and the pedals function smoothly. Always clean the spinning bike to ensure no dust or grease develops on the pedals. Use a soft cloth to wipe the bike pedals and not petroleum-based products.
Fixing spin bike pedal issues is not rocket science and does not require any professional skills. In case you feel that the pedals are not attached securely or are loose, check the bolts as they are the biggest culprits.
If the pedals damage is beyond repair and need replacement, first check whether the bike is still under the warranty as this is the easiest way to get help from the manufacturer. Do not attempt to fix the pedals if the cycle is still under guarantee to prevent voiding it.
However, you only need the spare parts and the pedal wrench to replace the pedals at home. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s user’s manual during pedal fixing and replacement to avoid injury or further damage.