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Exercise Bike - Magnetic Resistance Failing

I have a 201 Schwinn Recumbent Exercise Bike, that I have been quite happy with for about 2 years now.

However, recently the resistance is failing - I believe it is a magnetic resistance system - and there is a slight difference between the weakest and hardest settings, but not like there should be.

Any help / suggestions, or even where I can find a repair manual?

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  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    I have the same problem. I could not change the resistance, although it changed on it's own. I pressed the + and - resistance buttons together, and now it doesn't change at all. I assume I shorted something out.

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Manual has assembly/maintenance instructions and a 1-page description of functionality. And a warranty card...that is printed on the back of the instruction page. *headslap*

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SOURCE: I have a Magnetic Exercise

Remove the batteries and check the contacts. If they are not shiny, rub them vigorously with a pencil eraser until shiny. Also rub on the end of the spring contacting the battery bottom. Next, pull on the springs gently, making sure you do not break the plastic it is mounted in. Pull in the direction of the opposite end of the battery. You are just trying to stretch the spring slightly to promote contact with the battery. Now re - install fresh batteries and try to power up - you may have to spin the batteries slightly to correct connection for them to power up since it may have gotten slightly corroded from sitting and electricity is stored in the bike's system - not much, but enough to cause this issue. If you left batteries in it and they leaked, then you'll need to mix up some baking soda in water and clean the contacts making sure none of the solution flows inside the machine. If your springs or contacts will not clean up then you probably will not get sufficient contact with the batteries and may need to replace the battery holder assembly. You may find a compatible assembly at an arts and crafts store. Make sure the replacement assembly uses the same number and size of batteries so you do not fry the mother board in your bike. Also make sure you put the positive wire to the positive side of the existing assembly - reversing the polarity could also damage the electronics. Solder the wires together - taping them will cause excessive resistance and the unit may not work or may work for less time than before.

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