We have put together a few tips to help you maintain your PTRC ergo at home (for those lucky few who have them). Concept 2 have a really good video which covers all the basics.
THE MOST COMMONLY REPORTED ERG FAILURE ISN'T ACTUALLY A FAILURE...
.... CHECK THE BATTERIES
All of our ergs should have had rechargeable batteries in the monitor on delivery. There’s a fair chance that if we continue training at home for an extended period, the batteries will need recharging. Remove the cover plate behind the display and to replace with fresh batteries. If you don’t have a battery charger, you can use standard shop bought versions but make sure you don’t bin the batteries they came with as they cost around £8 a pair. Please save them and return them with the erg, otherwise you will have to replace them! (see photo below which shows rechargeable & non-rechargeable).
storing your erg
Please store your erg with the screen folded and the handle in the correct position as you would at the club. Ergs can be split to store, should you have limited space. You will have had experience of the assembly when taking delivery. Just be careful when you do, as the seat can rush forward and trap your fingers.
seats & runners:
Check and lubricate the chain as shown in the video. You don’t need to apply oil direct to the chain or try to squirt oil into the slot where it enters the chassis. The latter method leaves oil deposits inside the chassis, which over time collect dirt.
The club has started an erg maintenance program, and worn parts are gradually being replaced. Some of you will have ergs where the chain sounds quite noisy. Don’t worry about this. It’s because the cog is worn and is not causing damage. If the chain started slipping, then you will unfortunately have to stop until we can service them.
Clean the seat runner and seat wheels as shown in the video regularly. It does make a big difference to the feel of your machine, particularly during high rate pieces
Finally, please don’t let the handle go and fly into the monitor. The glass can break and replacement screens cost around £30. With earlier monitors, the screens can’t be replaced, which means a new one. These are around £155 each.
Get in touch with our resident erg expert, Paul Debois, on 07836343380.