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PTS Turbo 1000 Recumbent Exercise bike

ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO FIND REPLACEMENT TIRE AND COMPUTER FOR THE PTS Turbo 1000 recumbent exercise bike?.
Have two of these in our assisted living center. One needs a new tire. Both need new computer. Have had no luck finding compatable parts
These bikes are idea for individuals with limited mobility. It's a shame they didn't continue making them.

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  • im55830 Nov 28, 2010

    The computer is a Cateye Vectra cyclocomputer CC-7000. No longer made but have come across 9 on eBay. Not too expensive either; have bought 3 NIB w/ manuals and components for $1.78, $6.53, and $3.87. Each was around $5 s

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    I just went to a local bike shop and got a rim strip tube and skinny tire and put it on our bike and it works great. Cost was under $30 for all three parts. It used to have a solid tire on the bike but it wore down to shreds. I was going to get a solid tire but they cost almost 3 times as much as what I spent. Can't help you on the computer replacement parts.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    26in replacement tire for a recumbent bike

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Go to airfreetires.com and buy 27 x 1 1/4 Nu teck Savannah Cruiser (17-18)(630). cost 34 bucks plus s& h. there is info on that site about supplying 500 of these tires in the last 11 years to replace tires on this bike. they also speak incredibly highly of this bike as well. read blog. very interesting. this is a cult bike.

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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.

As for the tire, depending on the actual production date and model, most of them were manufactured in house, so unless someone happens to have a supply stashed somewhere there is no direct replacement.

It is possible, and some of the first ones built did, use a normal tubed bicycle tire. We switched from those because under heavy use they did wear faster than we liked. So that is one option. I understand there maybe a website that carries solid tires that will work. Another option is to attempt to make a tire. The material should be available at a home repair store, if you took the tire in and tried to match the tubing. This is a last resort in my opinion but it is feasible.

Honestly I think I would try a normal tire or solid first. You should be able to remove the wheel and take it to a bicycle shop. It will need a liner to protect the inner tube. If you need I can walk you through removing and reinstalling the wheel.

As for the computer. For the life of me I can't remember the brand we used. I am guessing you have the handlebar mounted one with a small square head, as opposed to the fully computerised 2000 model.

Replacing it may be a bit of a problem. The computer set up was a stock bicycle computer. However we made a jumper wire to accomidate the length of the frame that plugged into the sensor lead and the computer mount.

As a stock item the sensor was connected to the mount so it involved cutting the wires, soldering connectors onto both the cut end of the mount and sensor. Then making another wire with connectors to run from under the seat along the frame and to where the sensor is mounted near the wheel. In theory any new bicycle computer could be used to replace the old one.

If you aren't up for that task, there's the possibility that there is some sort of wireless system available.

To install it you would need to lossen or remove the wheel cover to mount the other half of the sensor unit to the spokes. Depending on when the bike was manufactured this can range for very easy to a bit tricky.

Probably not everything you wanted to hear but I hope it helps

Posted on Feb 22, 2010

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  • Mrfantazy Feb 23, 2010

    It was a shame the bike wasn't able to continue. Those that worked there were a great bunch of people. And we put alot of work into making the bike the best we could.



    There are alot of variations out there as we were continually tweaking the bike to improve upon it. We were endorsed by Chuck Norris way before he came out with his equipment line!



    Pro Tec was actually sold to another company, which I belive is also out of buisness, that was a subsidiary of a larger fitness company which is still in buisness, but deals with accessories mostly these days.



    It's great to hear some of the bikes are still out there and operational, and people are still enjoying them. Hope you get them both working.

  • Mrfantazy Feb 24, 2010

    I remember now! The computer we used was a Cateye brand. I belive they are still in buisness, though I;m not sure hiw compatable the new heads are with the old mounts/sensors. However they do make both wired and wireless computers. so it shouldn't be to hard to replace.

  • art4faith Mar 05, 2011

    I just ordered the tire as advised on this site! I don't have the manual and have no idea of how to remove the wheel to put the new tire on. Any way I can get that information? Thanks!

  • Mrfantazy Mar 05, 2011

    Removing the wheel isn't overly complicated. If you can give me a little information it will make describing the process a bit easier.

    1) We had a couple of different Chain Guards throughout production. Most models had a half moon piece of metal on the side of the frame right by the sprocket and anther metal plate down near the wheel. Later models had the entire chain and both sprockets encased in a plastic shrouding. I suppose it could not have any guard watsoever if the original was broke off or removed. Which set up do you have?

    2) Does your bike have the 3 speed or 5 speed shifter? Only the very old models had the 5 speed and most of them were gifted out to local orange county health clubs and most were recalled when we went to the 3 speed. If I recall correctly all the 5 speeds had a single front foot while the vast majority of 3 speeds had the "T" front frame with 2 feet.

    As I recall those are the only two things that will affect removing and replacing the wheel. With that info I can walk you through the process and adjustments.

  • Mrfantazy Mar 05, 2011

    If I can get a little information from you I can walk you through the process of removing and reinstalling the wheel and the proper adjustments.

    1) What type of Chain Guard does the bike have? There were 2 main production styles. One consisted of a half moon shaped piece of metal welded to the frame up by the front sprocket and anothe plate down by the wheel sprocket. The other type had the entire chain and both sprockets encased in a plastic shrouding. It's possible the chain guard has been removed or broken off. If it's gone see if you can see where something used to be welded onto the frame up by the pedals. If it was the shroud there should be holes in the frame where it was mounted with screws.

    2) Does the bike have a 3 speed or 5 speed shifter? It is extremely unlikely that you have a 5 speed but I suppose it's possible.

    3) What type of wheel Cover is on the bike? Most will have a Mylar film style cover while later models had a heavier injection molded cover.

    I forget the actual sizes but you will want to have the following handy;

    2x Wrenches, at least one needs to be open ended
    1x Phillips screwdriver
    1x Allen Wrench that fits the fan assembly mounting screws. These are the screws that attatch and adjust the entire assembly to the frame. If you sit in the seet and look down you will see them.

  • art4faith Mar 06, 2011

    Thanks so much! The bike is a three speed. It has the plastic shrouding. I took that off, manipulated the chain off of the wheel, and too out a small pin that allowed me to take the wheel off. So, I figured out that much. When the tire is delivered (I ordered it two days ago) I will have to put the whole thing back together (!) and hope I can. I am not sure how you get a chain back on but I figure I can give it a try and hope for the best. The bike is like new. A friend of mine bought a house 15 years ago and the bike was part of the deal. She never used it. I started using it and the dried out tire shredded in a couple of hours of use. Everything else is perfect. I love this bike! The computer doesn't work, but I don't think it makes a difference -- I go as fast as I can and watch the clock on the wall!!! I will write again after I get the tire. Thank you so so much for this reply!

  • Mrfantazy Mar 06, 2011

    Nice find. The bike is one of the later models, what we called "phase 3" at the time.

    1) Mount the tire and inflate if needed.

    2) Loosen the mounting/adjustment screws on the "Turbo Assembly" (this should be 2 allen head screws) and lower the assembly all the way down.

    3) Put the wheel assembly back in the frame, Even though the computer doesnt work make sure you put all the parts back as they were, the sensor mount asts as a spacer to help align the wheel.

    4) Put the chain on the small sprocket at the wheel. Then start it on the large sprocket at the pedals. Turn the pedals slowly letting the chain "roll" onto the sprocket. The wheel will probably **** to the side quite a bit to give enough slack for the chain to go on.

    5) Rotate the pedals backwards and watch the sprocket. If it has a large spot that is out of shape you can use a rubber mallet to tap it back close to true. It doesn't need to be perfect, just not terribly out of whack.

    6) Standing in front of the bike put the axle nuts back on while pulling the wheel assmbly towards you gently just so the chain is snug. Slip a finger down between the frame and rim on either side to get the wheel straight. Give the nuts a slight turn with the wrench.

    7) Spin the pedals backwards again while watching the chain on the top side. You'll see it has tight and loose spots. Slowley spin the pedals until you have the tightest spot at the top. Lossen the axle nut on the same side as the chain and pull the front of the wheel towards the same side. This will lossen the chain slightly, you want about 1/8 - 1/4" slack at that spot. Tighten the axle nut being careful not to apply to much force or the washer or nut may crack. Tighten the other side.

    8) The pin you removed from the wheel should have a small silver chain attatched to it that connects to the shifter cable. Detatch the cable. Now put the pin into the hub and screw it in gently until it just bottoms out.Now back it off about 1/4 to 1/2 turn just until the chain can line up with the cable guide on the frame. Put the shifter into third gear, all the way down and reattch the cable. Put the shifter into second gear and look through the little window on the axle nut, you dhould see where the pin becomes chain and that point should be close to the center of the window. Run the bike through the gears and make sure it is catching all three. Adjust as needed.

    9) Sit in the seat. Raise the Turbo Assembly until it just touches the tire and snug one of the screws just to hold it in place. Make sure the assembly is straight. Now slowly spin the tire, watching where the tire touches the roller. You should see the tire press tighter and pull away from the roller. Your looking for where the tire pulls away from the roller the farthest (the high spot). Lossen the screw and press the roller up againt the tire until it just indents the tire a small bit 1/8" or so. Making sure the roller is level tighten the screws. Run the bike through the gears while pedeling hard and make sure the tire doesn't slip. Repeat the process if needed, always adjusting on the high spot.

    10) Replace the chain guard, the clips should just snap it together, and you should be good to go.

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Did you ever find the tire? I have the same problem.

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Such a shame not in business anymore, I bought mine in 1990 after using one in a gym and fell in love with it. Still worked up until just this past year, 2009. The wheel just started cracking off one little piece at a time, it is now all gone down to the steel wheel. The bike still looks brand new and definitely has a Cat Eye little computer. Can't wait to get it working again.

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I used an old garden hose and gorilla tape and I lubed the roller bar. It works great.

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Picked up one of these without the tire curbside... free! Went to Home Depot bought the clear vinyl piping that looks like enormous aquarium tubing..all clear size 7/8" OD 5/8" ID made by Watts SKU# 364332 PART# HSVMK10 It was a 10 foot piece that I patiently cut and sized down to a perfect fit with a bit of stretch. I laid it into the well, used some gorilla tape to mate the ends and popped in in the wheel...perfect fit. Now I just have to figure out how to reset the gears because they are a bit screwy...

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