Indoor Cycle Care and Maintenance

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Horizon Fitness
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Approved Cleaners and Proper Cleaning Technique

Horizon recommends using a mild soap and water solution (1:10 soap to water ratio) for cleaning surfaces after use. To disinfect surfaces, distilled vinegar and water solution (1:20 vinegar to water dilution) can be used along with other store-bought disinfectants. Make sure you are using a diluted disinfectant solution. Be careful when choosing your disinfectant, however, as strong concentrate disinfectants can damage plastics and metal surfaces over time.

Always spray a clean cloth then wipe surfaces. NEVER spray the frame or console directly. Spraying directly on the unit can cause corrosion over time as overspray occurs and is not wiped off.

Touchscreen consoles – to clean, use a micro-fiber cloth and an LCD screen cleaner


Key Components

It’s important to know what each component is called in order to follow the Preventive Maintenance tasks.


Preventive Maintenance

Before performing any maintenance, unplug the power cord from the outlet and wait 2-3 minutes to allow power to dissipate from all the electronics.


Clean console with approved cleaner                        
Wipe entire frame, seats, and shrouds with approved cleaner                        
Move the unit and vacuum the floor underneath                        
Check the pedals and crank bolts to ensure they are tight – see Crank and Pedal Checks                        
Check all hardware to make sure it is secure – see Frame Bolts                        
Inspect power cord for damage                        
Clean and *lubricate seat and handlebar horizontal slides – fig 1                        
Clean and **lubricate the seat and handlebar vertical posts – fig 2                        
If your cycle has adjustment knobs, **lubricate knob threads – fig 3                        
If your cycle has a felt resistance/brake pad, **lubricate it – fig 4                        
Cycles with drive chains - clean and lubricate the chain. Any bicycle chain lubricant will suffice                        

*Super Lube w PTFE grease is recommended to lubricate horizontal slides
**Super Lube w PTFE spray is recommended to lubricate adjustment knob threads and resistance/brake pads (WD-40 can also be used)


Crank and Pedal Checks

A – Check the crank bolt to ensure it is tight.
B – Use a 15mm pedal wrench to ensure the pedals are secure. Keep in mind the user left pedal is reversed-threaded.




Frame Bolts

From time to time, especially after a few uses when a product is new, you may see frame bolts starting to loosen. This can cause noise issues. This is natural and happens as the product settles to the floor and begins to be used. It is important after the first few uses, and then on a monthly basis, that you check the frame bolts. If you find loose bolts, it would be a good idea to add a medium-strength thread locker to the bolt threads before tightening. Once the thread locker cures, it will help prevent bolts from coming loose again. Cure times for thread locker is generally 24 hours so, it is best to do this and not use the product during that time.

Tools needed for tightening bolts: metric Allen sockets (3mm-8mm) and ratcheting wrench



  1. Vibra-tite blue is a medium-strength thread locker that comes in a pump gel and is available at most hardware stores.
  2. Loctite blue is a medium-strength thread locker that comes in a squeeze bottle in liquid form and is available at most hardware stores.


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