FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY FIRST RIDE?
  • DO I HAVE TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INDOOR CYCLING CLASS?
  • HOW DO I GET MY FIRST RIDE FREE?
  • DO YOU HAVE SHOWERS?
  • DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN TOWEL?
  • WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?
  • WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY THINGS DURING CLASS?
  • DO YOU HAVE WI-FI?
  • HOW DOES THE WAITLIST WORK?
  • DO I NEED SPECIAL SHOES?
  • WILL CYCLING MAKE MY LEGS BIGGER?
  • HOW MANY CALORIES WILL I BURN AND HOW MANY MILES WILL I RIDE?
  • SHOULD I EAT BEFORE CLASS?
  • HOW CAN I GET COMFORTABLE SITTING ON THE SADDLE?
  • WHAT KIND OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?
  • WHAT IS THE PROPER BIKE SETUP?
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY FIRST RIDE?

First timers have no fear – The Ryde Team is trained to teach every fitness level! From elite cyclists to 1st time riders, RydeFit is the place for you. We’ll show you how to set up your bike, practice the five basic positions and much more.  After a few minutes with our instructors you’re good to go!

You’ll want to arrive about 15 minutes before class time, hydrated and ready to sweat!  You are in control of how much resistance you ride with and will get stronger with every class you take.  All of our classes are beginner accessible and there is NO SHAME in class

DO I HAVE TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INDOOR CYCLING CLASS?

All ages, abilities, and fitness levels can enjoy the benefits of indoor cycling. You control the intensity and resistance, but your instructor will strive to bring out your best in every ride. The darkened studio eliminates competition and intimidation, and the only person you have to be better than is the one you were before you walked into our cycling sanctuary!

HOW DO I GET MY FIRST RIDE FREE?

Just sign up for an account!  The first class is automatically added to your account and you can sign up for any class on the schedule.

DO YOU HAVE SHOWERS?

Yes. We have individual private shower rooms stocked with towels, salon hair products, and basic toiletries.  

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN TOWEL?

Nope!  While you’re free to bring one if you prefer, we have clean hand and bath towels available for your use.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?

Anything comfortable to sweat in!  We suggest tights or anything that won’t get caught in the pedals.  We also sell tons of apparel if you need anything.

WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY THINGS DURING CLASS?

We have lockers in the men’s and women’s changing room with locks that allow you to leave your items safely stored.

DO YOU HAVE WI-FI?

Yes, we have complimentary Wi-Fi. Just ask our staff for the pass code.

HOW DOES THE WAITLIST WORK?

When you put yourself on a waitlist, you’re committing to attend if you clear into the class.  You’ll always be given a minimum of one hour’s notice if a spot opens for you.

DO I NEED SPECIAL SHOES?

To provide a safer and more effective workout, we use specialized cycling shoes that clip in to the bike at Rydefit. We also offer shoes for sale. You may also bring your personal trainers with a good grip and make sure laces are tucked in.

WILL CYCLING MAKE MY LEGS BIGGER?

No. This is an ugly rumour from the 90’s that has stuck around far too long.  Cycling works muscular endurance (slow twitch), which strengthens and tones but does not add bulk.

HOW MANY CALORIES WILL I BURN AND HOW MANY MILES WILL I RIDE?

The amount of calories burned depends on your body weight and intensity of effort during the ride. Riders typically burn between 500-700 calories in 45 minutes and travel 20-25 miles on the road.

SHOULD I EAT BEFORE CLASS?

Your muscles definitely need fuel but don’t go overboard. A couple of hours before the class, begin drinking water to stay hydrated. Thirty minutes before the class, eat a small snack (about 100 calories) of mostly carbohydrates.  We have the healthiest, invigorating cold pressed juices in 2 sizes that make the best pre and post workout fuel.

HOW CAN I GET COMFORTABLE SITTING ON THE SADDLE?

If you’re new to cycling, it may take a few classes to acclimate your body to the saddle. Padded cycling shorts, liners or get seat covers make the ride more comfy. Sliding toward the back of the saddle also helps keeping the pressure off the tip of the saddle. After a few rides everyone gets comfortable so it just takes time.

WHAT KIND OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?

Shoes with a very stiff sole enable powerful pedal strokes. Cycling shoes will provide more stability and promote efficiency on the bike. However, feel free to ride with athletic shoes and make sure your laces are securely tied. Sandals or “5-finger” shoes are not allowed. Our pedals are equipped with SPD cleats, and cycling shops can fit you in the right pair of shoes.

WHAT IS THE PROPER BIKE SETUP?

Adjust the seat so your knees are slightly bent at the down stroke. Adjust the distance of the seat so your arms are a comfortable length and your elbows are relaxed.  The knees should not be hyper-extended, so make sure they are correctly aligned over the ball of your foot. If you’re a newbie or have back concerns, adjust the handlebars higher than the saddle.  As you advance, the handlebars can be lowered. Above all, be comfortable on the bike!