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Hace a second generation Airdyne that has not been used for 2-3 years. Started to use it today and could not move the pedals or handlebars at all. The locking mechanism was remvoved and still no movement. Is there a tension adjustment somewhere that I am missing?

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if you have never replaced any components of your drivetrain-front gears- chain -rear gear cluster they will wear out simply inspect the gears visually they will be sloped back as not to be able to apply good pressure when pedaling your bike so this is where it gets tricky you need to replace it all together new as replacing anyone of the components will make it worse as they have worn to fit themselves so if you do replace which requires small amount of tools specific to the job you should have your chain checked any shop carries the tool to do this and most often will do it free of charge as they are gonna sell you a chain if its worn out past its acceptable stretch limit stick to this regimen and you will be a happy rider ps i replace my chain 3 times per summer lol hope this helps

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This video will demonstrate how to replace the chain with master link on a Schwinn Airdyne.
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