Astoria got its first boutique cycling studio this month, with the debut of Simply Cycle Astoria on Steinway Street between 30th and 31st Avenues.
The opening is a big one because while the boutique fitness wave has been steadily spreading across the river to Brooklyn, this could be a sign that it’s now headed for Queens, joining the borough’s couple of pretty yoga studios, a handful of CrossFit boxes, and a lone Crank Cycling in Long Island City.
Simply Cycle was opened by Lisa Eskenazi, who owns another small fitness studio known for its Zumba classes, Simply Fit Astoria, a few blocks away. Her bike-filled space is pretty with exposed brick walls and a giant wall of windows overlooking Steinway, so if you take a morning class, expect light to be flooding in as you hit your hills. (At night, the room is dark with neon lights.)
Simply Cycle uses official Spinning bikes, and you can clip in if you have your own shoes or wear your sneakers with pedal cages. Eskenazi says many of her instructors have traditional Spinning training via Mad Dogg Athletics, or come from other city gyms, like mine, Collen Richards, who also teaches at New York Health & Racquet. She put us through a tough, motivating class full of hills and heavy resistance.
Like most small outer-borough spots, there’s nothing flashy about Simply Cycle. You won’t find sophisticated tech, bike dancing, or on-bike weight training of the big, flashier indoor cycling brands. Just solid, fun cycling classes that get you sweaty without getting on the subway—something neighborhood residents can appreciate. —Lisa Elaine Held
Simply Cycle, 30-69 Steinway Street, between 30th and 31st Avenues, Astoria, Queens, $18, www.simplycycleastoria.com