Your CR900 bike has a built-in generator that supplies power. The bike does not need to be plugged in to external power in order to operate. To power on the bike, begin pedaling and the console will activate.
When initially powered on, the console will perform an internal self-test. During this time, the display may not light up for a few seconds. Continue pedaling and the display will light up. Once powered on, the console will show the the start-up message. You may now begin to use your bike.
Programming the Console
Each of the preset programs can be customized with your personal information and changed to suit your needs. Some of the information asked for is necessary to ensure the readouts are correct (age, weight).
During the heart rate control programs, your age and weight are necessary to ensure a more correct calorie reading. Learn more about your machine's calorie counting measurement.
Basic Console Operation
The Dot Matrix, or Profile Window, will display the workout profile. The Profile Window displays pertinent exercise data. There is an RPM window for pedal speed and a level window indicating machine resistance. A heart rate data window and bar graph show how hard you are working and a lap counter provides distance information. The Profile Window will initially be displaying watts, time elapsed, calories and distance information. On the left of the Profile Window is a button labeled "Scan." When the scan button is pressed, the next set of information will appear: METs, time remaining, calories/hour and speed. When scan mode is activated, the Message Window will show each set of data for four seconds then switch to the next set of data in a continuous loop. Pressing the scan button again will bring you back to the beginning.
To the right of the Profile Window is a heart icon, heart rate number display and a bar graph. The fitness bike has a built in heart rate monitoring system. Simply grasping the hand pulse sensors, or wearing a heart rate chest belt transmitter, will start the heart icon blinking (this may take a few seconds). The heart rate window will display your heart rate, or pulse, in beats per minute. The bar graph represents the percentage of your maximum heart rate you are currently achieving.
The stop button actually has several functions. Pressing the stop button once during a program will pause the program for 5 minutes (when you stop pedaling without AC power, the display will turn off but the memory will be saved for 5 minutes just like the pause mode). If you need to get a drink, answer the phone, or any of the many things that could interrupt your workout, this is a great feature. To resume your workout while paused, just press the start button or start pedaling. If the stop button is pressed twice during a workout, the program will end and the console will return to the start-up screen. If the stop button is held down for 3 seconds, the console will perform a complete reset. During data entry for a program, the stop button performs a previous screen function. This allows you to go back one step in the programming each time you press the stop button.
The program buttons are used to preview each program. When you first turn the console on, you may press each program button to preview what the program profile looks like. If you decide that you want to try a program, press the corresponding program button and then press the enter button to select the program and enter into the data set-up mode.
After the console powers up, press the START key to initiate the "Quick Start" program. While in Quick Start, the time will count up from zero, all workout data will start to accrue and the workload may be adjusted manually by pressing the level up and down buttons.
The console display matrix will show just the bottom row lit. As you increase the workload, more rows will light indicating a harder workout. The bike will get harder to pedal as the rows increase. The console display matrix has 24 columns of lights. Each column represents 1 minute. At the end of the 24th column (or 24 minutes of work), the display will wrap around and start at the first column again.
There are 40 levels of resistance (display as 10 rows of light) available. Levels 1-10 are very easy workloads, and the changes between levels are set to a good progression for de-conditioned users. Levels 10-20 are more challenging but the increases from one level to the next remain small. Levels 20-30 start getting tough as the levels jump more dramatically. Levels 30-40 are extremely hard and are good for short interval peaks and elite athletic training.
The display will automatically turn off (go to sleep) after 30 minutes of inactivity. This function is called sleep mode. In sleep mode, the bike will power down most everything except for a minimum of circuitry for detecting button presses and the safety button so it will start up again if these are activated.