My Exercise Bike Is Making Noise
Exercise bikes, available from some fitness equipment manufacturers, have similar parts, but may differ in how they are powered; either by magnetic, air, fly wheel or direction tension resistance. These resistance mechanisms can affect the amount of noise your exercise bike makes. Other factors, such as misuse or mechanical issues, may also affect noise.
Your exercise bike owner's manual may outline a few noise problems you may experience when using the exercise bike. Troubleshoot these issues on your own first, if possible, to save the expense of parts or repair service before calling the manufacturer's customer service department.
Improper use causes of exercise bike noise include the surface on which the bike is placed and riding the bike incorrectly. Mechanical causes include worn bearings and belts or loose belts and other parts. Some exercise bike noise during operation is normal; the friction of the parts rubbing together creates some amount of noise. Magnetic resistance bikes are more quiet than air, fly wheel or direction tension resistance bikes. The noise you hear when you hear the exercise bike in operation in a showroom may differ from how it sounds in your home; there's less background noise in your home and other different factors, such as your floor surface.
To prevent exercise bike noise from improper use, place the bike on a carpeted surface or place a mat underneath it. Do not lean when you use the bike; sit up straight. To address mechanical noise causes, inspect and replace bearings and belts, if necessary. Before each use, check for loose parts and tighten, if necessary.
To protect the exercise bike and avoid voiding your warranty from abuse or misuse, keep the bike indoors away from extreme high or low temperatures, moisture and dust. Do not use the bike if you exceed its weight limit — typically around 250 to 350 lbs. Use the exercise bike only as detailed in the owner's manual.
If unable to troubleshoot or resolve the noise problem on your own, contact your manufacturer's Customer Service Department. Find its number on the front of the owner's manual or online. Before calling, locate the serial number on the exercise bike's frame. Provide the serial number to the customer service department representative for quicker service.
Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.