The SB500 bike is supplied with an external power supply. When power is connected to the bike, the console will automatically power up. If there is no input to the console for 20 minutes, the console will go to stand-by mode to save energy. To turn the console on, press any key.
When initially powered on, the console will perform an internal self-test. During this time all of the lights will turn on. When the lights go off, the dot matrix display will show a software version (ie: VER 1.0) and the time and distance windows will display an odometer reading. The odometer reading displays how many hours the bike has been used and how many virtual miles the bike has gone.
The odometer will remain displayed for only a few seconds and then the console will go to the start up display. The dot matrix display will be scrolling through the different workout profiles of the programs and operating instructions. You may now begin to use the console.
Programming The Console
Each of the programs can be customized with your personal information and changed to suit your needs. Some of the information asked for during programming is necessary to ensure the readouts are correct. You will be asked for your age and weight. Entering your age is necessary during the Heart Rate Program to ensure the correct settings are entered in the program. Entering your weight helps calculate a more accurate calorie reading.
Basic Information and Functions
The dot matrix display will show the resistance level by default. If you press the Start key during a program, the display will switch to a lap track, which is ¼ mile in length.
Pressing the Enter key will switch the data displayed in the display window. Initially, the display window shows the program name. Each time the Enter key is pressed, the data will cycle through the following functions: speed, watts, laps, current level/max level, scan, and repeat sequence. To the left of the dot matrix is a number that indicates your resistance level.
Calories show an accumulation of calories burned (kcal). This is an estimate that takes into account the type of exercise, the resistance level, the pace, and body weight.
Time shows elapsed time if counting up from zero, or time remaining if counting down from a predetermined workout period.
Pulse indicates your heart rate if you are grasping the hand pulse sensors or utilizing a chest strap. The bike has a built in Heart Rate Monitoring System. Simply grasping the hand pulse sensors on the stationary handlebars or by wearing the chest strap will start the heart icon blinking (this may take a few seconds). The Pulse display window will display your heart rate, or pulse, in beats per minute.
RPM displays your pedaling speed in revolutions per minute.
Speed shows your speed in miles per hour or kilometers per hour if ‘Km’ is displayed.
Distance displays accumulated mileage.
The Stop/Reset key has several functions.
- Pressing the Stop/Reset key once during a program will pause the program for five minutes. 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 after pausing just press the Start key.
- If the Stop/Reset key is pressed twice during a workout, the program will end and a summary of your workout will be displayed.
- If the Stop/Reset key is held down for three seconds, the console will perform a complete reset.
There is an Audio Input Jack on the front of the console, and built-in speakers. You may plug any low-level audio source signal into this port. Audio sources include: MP3 player, iPod, portable radio, CD player or even a TV or computer.