Angela Hart, a Concept2 master trainer, gives the lowdown on maintaining your rowers for long and efficient use. She specifically tackles how you can refurbish a used rower yourself.
Hart instructs the trainers to store rowers with the handle at the chain guard, not at the hook, because tension on the bungee system reduces the chain recoil. Telltale signs of a lose bungee are that lack of natural recoil and a slackened chain at the end of the stroke. The fix? Tighten the bungee cords inside the rower.
To get to the bungee system, Hart shows how to remove the rail and dust guard.
“When you look at the bungee system, you’ll notice one side is a little fuzzed out and one side is really smooth—totally normal. That’s OK,” she says. The side opposite the flywheel will start to look like a “woolly bear caterpillar,” but unless you see the outer casing split with individual elastic fibers exposed, this is fine, she says.
Hart demonstrates how to tighten the bungee cords manually and reassemble the rower. Finally, she shows how to check the battery power using the rower monitor.
“I’m always for, you know, preventative measures before replacement,” Hart says.
Additional reading: What Is an Erg? by Judy Geer, published Aug. 1, 2008.