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Reconditioning a Lifefitness Lifecycle - Page 1

Here is a description of how we recondition a lifecycle. This pictorial will shows how detailed the reconditioning process is.


We are reconditioning a Life Fitness 9500 HR lifecycle for this article. This is the 'square-tail' unit that is a little older. It is more likely to need repairs and makes a good example for this pictorial. This is our least expensive belt drive recumbent and is a good unit for consumers. It is designed to run up to 16 hours a day in a commercial setting. This first picture shows the lifecycle before we started work on it.

1. The plastic shrouds and covers for the entire unit are removed to get to the mechanicals. They are secured by phillips head screws and special screws that require a T20 torx bit.

2. Now we are ready to take off the shrouds. On this bike the holes in the shrouds are large enough to fit the pedals through without removing the pedals. They are easiest to remove with the pedals pointing upwards.

3. Some bikes, such as this Life Fitness 9500HR Upright require removal of the left pedal in order to remove the left shroud.

4. The front shrouds are removed and ready to clean.

5. We clean the shrouds with a commercial cleaning solution, such as Mean Green, and then rinse them off with water. They are then set aside to dry.

6. The rear stabilizer bar is often rusty or has peeling paint. We remove the bar with a 1/2 inch socket wrench.

7. We use a power sander with 120 grit sandpaper to remove flaking paint and rust.

8. CLR is a rust remover. After sanding is finished we wipe down the rusty areas with the CLR to remove any remaining surface rust.

9. Naptha is a fast drying solvent that removes residual dirt and grease, which prepares the surface for painting. We then prime the stabilizer bar with a coat of Rustoleum, a rust inhibitor primer. After allowing it to dry, two coats of Krylon satin finish are applied.

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