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First workout is the assembly... but actually an okay bit of kit.
on 30 June 2009
When you get this first pick the main unit up and give it a big shake... if you hear rattling noises keep shaking it until you can get the loose nuts and bolts you need out of the elipse where they have made their way during shipping.
Now read the instructions, then stop and read them again. Then have someone else read them. Then both meet back later, confer briefly before throwing them into the nearest rubbish bin and getting on with it. The instructions lie. They'll tell you you need an adjustable wrench, WD40, a screwdriver and a ruler showing both imperial and metric (I have no idea why you ever would)... you don't.. you need the alan keys and mini wrenches supplied.
It also lists nuts and bolts that are already attached to the various parts of the unit leaving you searching fruitlessly through the box looking for them until you realise.
Just for a heads up, the bolts with the "acorn" nuts are for the front and back parts of the base, the ones with the flat nuts are for the pedals.
Also i found a couple of the nuts to be randomly reverse threaded (no i didn't have them upside down they are not symmetrical), which stalled progress and was minorly frustrating.
The bolt at the front underside of the saddle is so ridiculously placed that you are actually only able to rotate the nut about 3mm at a time, meaning this one tiny part actually takes about 7-10 minutes on it's own.
Finally some of the stickers lie too. On mine the left pedal was clearly marked right and vice-versa (i know they were mislabeled because on first assembly the pedals wouldn't turn all the way around).
Okay, that all said it's actually a pretty good bit of kit, it's study, trustworthy and quite cheap. It also arrived rather rapidly (on the 3rd working day after i ordered it). The assembly was a nightmare the first tme, but knowing what i know now i could do it again in about 10 minutes, so hopefully this will help some people get past the problem... I suffered for you people!!! ;)