Pedlar Questions
I have trouble keeping my feet on the pedals of an exercise bike. Can I use the Pedlar®?
  The Original Pedlar® and Pedlar Pro™ both have special Fits-Right™ pedals, with wide, adjustable Velcro straps to make it easier for you to keep your feet on the pedals. The exclusive Fits-Right™ pedal fits snugly over feet or regular shoes, but can be enlarged to accomdate wider shoes, even those with custom orthotic supports. When using the Pedlar® to exercise your arms, you can just slide your hands through the straps and hold onto the pedals.
I've used my Pedlar® a while, and it began to squeak. Should I oil it?
  Occasionally, especially after heavy use or when the resistance is very tight, the hub will produce a squeak/squeal. This is easy to remedy with a quick squirt of any good silicone lubricant (like WD-40®) into the hub. You can just remove the tension knob for easy access to the correct area, add a little silicone, then line up the threads and screw it back in. Don't over-do it with the silicone, though - a little goes a long way!
When I pedal fast, or for a long time, I notice that the hub gets really hot - why is that?
  This is normal and is caused by the resistance setting. The resistance is actually creating friction between the hub and the axle of the Pedlar®, which builds up heat that is trapped inside the hub. We recommend that you be sure no one touches the hub until it has had time to cool adequately after use.
Can I really improve my health by using a Pedlar®?

A "start low and go slow" approach is a good way to begin a personal exercise plan, experts say. "From the 1970s up to the 1990s, 'exercise' was geared to improving fitness and was based on the model of an athletic male college student," says Harvard's I-Min Lee, M.D. "Today, the new model is health, not athletic training." Almost any form of physical activity can improve overall health and the cardiovascular system. But many people who need exercise the most are kept from exercising due to poor health conditions that interfere with ease of exercise, lack of time or available facilities and the toll of aging or health conditions. "The point is, at least do something," Lee says. "Something is better than nothing."

Starting an exercise program at any point in life boosts health. Physical activity lowers body weight, cuts cardiovascular risk and blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, has positive effects on the immune system and can reduce the risk of cancers. It strengthens the heart, helps the lungs function better, enables the blood to carry more oxygen, makes muscles stronger and improves motion in the joints. There is some evidence that exercise can enhance mood and even counter mild to moderate depression. Active people have a lower risk of stroke.

I have arthritis. Can I use the Pedlar®?
  The low-impact, adjustable resistance exercise of the Pedlar® Light Workout Exerciser provides a way to obtain exercise, without jarring painful joints - even if it's uncomfortable for you to stand. You can use the Pedlar® sitting in your favorite chair to gradually strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion, without the need to actually bear weight on either leg. The opportunity to gradually build endurance while sitting in a chair or at the side of a bed means that someone who is not physically able to do most exercises can begin to work their way toward better health.

According to WebMD: "The stiffness, pain, and swelling associated with arthritis can severely reduce the range of motion of joints (the distance joints can move in certain directions). Avoiding physical activity because of pain or discomfort also can lead to significant muscle loss and excessive weight gain. Exercise, as part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan, can improve joint mobility, muscle strength and overall physical conditioning, and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Once you know what type of arthritis you have and understand your symptoms, you and your doctor or physical therapist can develop a balanced program of physical activity to reduce the damaging effects of arthritis and promote optimal health." Click here to read the entire article.

I am overweight and have a family history of diabetes. Why is using something like the Pedlar® to exercise important to me?

Following an appropriate exercise program and doing it safely can be key to preventing type 2 diabetes for the 10 million Americans at high risk for the disease, says the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

A landmark study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that those at risk for type 2 diabetes could reduce the likelihood of developing the disease by 58 percent through 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise and by weight reduction, eating a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. The NIH study demonstrated that lifestyle interventions can actually prevent the disease.

"Overweight or obese individuals are at high risk for physical injury from an improper exercise regime," said Michael Mueller, PT, PhD, associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine and an APTA member. "Range of motion, mobility, and flexibility are often greatly reduced in people who are overweight or obese, thereby increasing their chances for serious injury."

The Pedlar® Light Workout Exerciser provides a great opportunity to begin building mobility, strength and endurance right in your own home or apartment, just by pedaling a few minutes every time you have a chance during the day.

How can a Pedlar® help improve my quality of life?
  A critical factor in an older person's ability to function independently is mobility, or the ability to move without assistance. Older people who lose mobility are less likely to remain in their homes, have higher rates of hospitalization and death, and have a poorer quality of life. Physical inactivity is one of the strongest predictors of physical disability among older people. A Pedlar® Light Workout Exerciser can help maintain mobility, independence and a better quality of life.
Can I use a Pedlar® after hip/knee/shoulder surgery?
  As always, we would advise you to check with your physician or physical therapist before beginning any type of new physical activity - especially if you have recently undergone corrective surgery. We know, however, that our Pedlar® is often recommended by medical professionals as part of the rehabilitation process. The low-impact, adjustable resistance exercise provides an opportunity to gradually strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion, without the need to actually bear weight on either leg. The opportunity to slowly, gradually build endurance while sitting in a chair or at the side of a bed means that someone who is not physically able to do most exercises can begin to work their way toward better health.
My Pedlar® has a broken pedal or tension knob. Can it be repaired?
  We have designed the Pedlar® to give years of trouble-free use. In order to extend the life of your Pedlar®, we do offer several replacement parts for your Pedlar® Light Workout Exerciser should they eventually wear out or become damaged. Please click here to email our repair department to request information regarding replacement parts for the Pedlar®.
Will I need any tools to use my Pedlar®?
  No tools or assembly are needed - Your Pedlar® arrives ready to use, right from the box. If the tension knob happens to have come unscrewed during shipping, all you will need to do is screw it back in place with your hand - no tools required. When you want more or less resistance during use, the tension knob is designed to be easily turned by hand. If you need to adjust the length of the strap on the pedals, you can simply slide the opening in the strap over the restraining knob. Adjust the strap as needed, and push the strap back in place with your fingers.
How do you adjust the resistance on the Pedlar®?
  The tension knob at the top of the Pedlar® lets you increase or decrease the amount of effort needed to rotate the pedals. You can begin at your own level and increase the difficulty as you build strength and endurance in your arms or legs.