$%*@ing Disposable Equipment!!
The problem with exercise equipment is that the manufacturers of such stuff assume that their product need only hold up for a couple of weeks, maybe a month, and then it just needs to be able to serve as a high-tech coat hanger.
So when home exercise equipment is confronted with ACTUAL USE, it craps out and falls apart.
I have had my Reebok 245 Exercise bike for about two years. It was the best thing on the planet for about 2 weeks when I first got it. Then, confronted with two weeks of a consumer actuall using the product on a regular basis, the “whisper quiet” operation gradually began to be less whispery and more like a lound converstion in the library that would cause disapproving librarians to hiss “SHHHHHHH” repeatedly until the patrons snuck out in shame to continue their lively discussion outside.
Over time, the seat has cracked and required liberal applications of duct tape to keep it together.
The belt started slipping and had to be tightened to keep the thing working.
And now… well, I am not 100% sure exactly what’s wrong in there, but it sounds for all the world like the little bearings and gears that allow the pedals to turn the crank are falling apart and rubbing against each other in an attempt to completely disintegrate themselves. Either way, it means that the pedals will only sometimes actually catch and propel the flywheel as they are going around.
So. I am faced with the option of buying a new exercise bike, or attempting to wrangle with this one, open the beast up, try and figure out the crank mechanism, and see if I can “repair” a machine that the manufacturers obviously expected to have been given to the Goodwill by now.
I was going to say… “Note to self: don’t ever buy anything from ICON fitness again” But, who knows if any of the other brands out there are any better. My Sole elliptical machine has been behaving wonderfully for the past couple of months… I hope it doesn’t get any ideas from the bike…