I have an older Johnny Pro. All of a sudden it began making a loud noise, like a bang, from the area near the sprocket. this occurs approximately every 1.5-2 revolutions of the pedals.

I have investigated, but cannot pinpoint the problem. It may be that the bearings/washers/whatever between the sprocket and the body of the bike are worn. I tightened the bolts at the base of the pedal, hoping that would do the trick, but no. I then removed the bolts, trying to disassemble the sprocket connection, but I can't figure out how to take it apart; nothing moves.

Looking at it from above, it appears that the sprocket wobbles a bit and that there is an uneven space where the bearings are. I still cannot tell exactly from where the noise originates; my daughter thought it was when the chain was trying to right itself on the crooked sprocket.

From googling "schwinn johnny pro"

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    Very hard to guess. Could be the "bottom bracket" is loose, could be the chainring sprocket is loose or bent, could be the chain is worn out. In terms of typical wear, the worn-out chain would be the first problem you'd usually have. But to check the bottom bracket, grab hold of a crank arm and try to shake it in and out. If there is more than a tiny bit of motion then the bottom bracket needs service. May 7, 2020 at 22:02
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    'Bottom bracket' here means the bearings that the crank axle runs in in the frame of the bicycle. May 7, 2020 at 23:53
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    I'll note that typically I'd expect the chain to last between 100 hours and 500 hours of use. The rear sprocket would outlive 2-3 chains, and the front chainring would outlive 2-3 rear sprockets. May 8, 2020 at 0:15
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    Just a thought - front and rear are going to be opposite on this bike because the mass wheel is in the fork. Also it may not have a chain - many trainers like this have a flat drive belt instead, which is nothing like a gates belt.
    – Criggie
    May 8, 2020 at 0:56

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From your description it sounds like the 'bottom bracket' bearings have become damaged. These are the bearings that the crank axle runs in in the frame of the bicycle.

To confirm, turn the cranks by hand, if you feel an area of extra resistance, any 'grinding' or a 'notch' or 'clunk' that the cranks pass through the bearings need replacing.

I found a lo-res exploded drawing here of the Johnny Pro, it indicates that the design uses a 'three-piece' crank (two separate crank arms, axle and bearings in a cartridge type unit). The cranks typically fit onto a square taper or splined interface on the axle. If the bolts at the base of the cranks are removed the cranks do not come of the axle, a special crank puller-tool is needed for that. The cartridge axle and bearings thread into the frame but a special tool is needed to interface to them to unscrew them.

Here's a video that shows how these things come apart.

The bearing cartridges themselves are not very expensive. You'll have to make a determination if you want to try this on your own or get a bike repair store to help you.

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