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PTS Turbo 1000 recumbent exercise bike

We are having gearshift problems. Is a manual still avail or what do you suggest regarding repair?

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  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    Need a tire, and gearshift problems too. Anything still available?

  • willowcf Jan 17, 2009

    Just curious, I have this same bike, used to love it but broke the wheel on the tire and had it replaced, it is not so tight I can barely pedal it, any idea how to loosen the tension??  It I can't pedal in 1st gear imagine what 3rd is like!!

  • mishalucy2 Mar 05, 2009

    bought a new tire as mine literally fell off the wheel. Got it from The style is savannah 17-18. Talked to Hugh there who said he sells 3-4 a month for this bike. Now tension is too tight. I adjusted the tension bar location but tire still won't go around. Does anyone have the owner's manual?


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Wow, just happened to be searching around and found this on google.

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  • Mrfantazy Feb 22, 2010

    Wow was just googling around and saw this site. I was the production foreman for Pro Tec Sports way back in the day. I'm not sure if you guys have gotten answers but I'll help as I can. My memory maybe a bit rusty so bear with me.


    The hud and gearshift are old Sturmey-Archer 3 speeds. They tended to be a bit tempermental so try this.

    Follow the shift cable down towards the wheel, it should connect to a small silver chain that enters the hub. Remove the cable from the chain and gently turn it clockwise until it stops. Now if you hold the chain so it runs along the side of the wheel, back it off about a half turn or so until it is pointing towards the tab on the frame that the cable runs through, Reattatch the cable with the shifter in 1st (? away from seat not towards the seat) gear. Peddle and shift through the gears. If it starts slipping out readjust it a little. Sometimes if the cable is tight you can gently stretch it by pulling the shift lever back towards you.

  • Mrfantazy Feb 22, 2010


    Sit in the seat, there is a frame bar that the Turbo Assembly is mounted to with 2 hex bolts. Lossen the bolts, don't remove, and slide the Turbo Assembly down away from the tire. Now raise it back up until it barely touches the tire and lightly tighten one bolt. Now watch the point of contact and slowly spin the tire with your hand. The tire will pull away and contact tighter as you pass high and low spots. You are looking for the point where the tire pulls away from the roller the farthest (high spot in the tire). Now lossen the bolt and bring the assembly upwards until you have apout a 1/4 imch compression. Tighten the bolts, making sure the Turbo Assembly is level (eyeballing it is fine). Peddle the bike. You can adjust it again for a little more or less tension.

    The Roller Assembly was made in house so replacing it might prove difficult so don't make it to tight to avoid extra wear on the bearings.

    The original tires were also made in house so whatever tire you use to replace it may need a slightly different tension.

    It should be noted there were several variations of the PTS 1000 before the actual production models were done. Also later changes were made when we were bought by Cal Gym Equip.


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Hey im55830,

I was the production foreman for Pro Tec way back when, so hopefully I can help you a little.

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