While spinning has established itself as a fitness staple in Manhattan and biking has been a Brooklyn phenom for years (hello, Prospect Park), Park Slope is experiencing somewhat of a cycling renaissance this winter with the opening of two new bike-centric businesses.
718 Cyclery, a custom bike shop, had their grand opening last month, and Cycle Bar, an indoor spinning studio, is set to launch its rides on December 21st (with an open house the weekend of the 18th).
“I’m a runner, and I started cycling more seriously when I got bored of running,” says Lisa Craig, Cycle Bar’s co-owner. “There are so few cardio options in Park Slope. There are lots of yoga and Pilates studios, and we have the big gyms. But we view this boutique-fitness model as the antidote to the big gym experience.”
On Cycle Bar’s schedule are 45- or 60-minute rides that cost $27, and $30 for 90-minute classes (with discounts for buying multi-class packages). If you don’t have bike shoes, they’ll loan them for free.
What sets them apart from bigwigs like Soul Cycle and Flywheel other than their outer-borough location?
Craig says that they’re hoping to cater to serious bike buffs, in addition to casual fitness enthusiasts. “I think Soul Cycle and Flywheel offer a great product,” she explains. “What we’re doing is taking the entertainment factor they offer in a 45-minute class and extending it to a 90-minute class for outdoor cyclists and more serious athletes. We’ve hired a lot of outdoor cyclists, and that will make a big difference.”
Maybe some of the folks at 718 Cyclery will pedal on over. Heck, maybe some of the Brooklyn-based fans of Flywheel and Soul Cycle will, too.
718 Cyclery, 461 7th Avenue, at 16th Street, Park Slope, www.718C.com
Cycle Bar, 274 5th Avenue, btwn Garfield and 1st Street, Park Slope, www.cycle-bar.com