Some athletes want to focus on endurance. Others want to unlock their competitive spirit. Still others hope to get their chakra energy flowing. At Cycle Bar, there's a spinning class for all those goals and more, each with its own light show and music. It's not just any music, either. Class playlists are high-octane, carefully-curated mixes of top 40 hits and indie tracks, starring artists from Iggy Azalea to Phantogram.
Regardless of theme and tunes, all sessions have one key thing in common: high-tech stationary bikes, which the Cycle Bar team dubs "intelligent." While not quite self-aware enough to be vain about their handlebars' symmetry, the cycles do store each athlete's workout stats, allowing for long-term fitness tracking.
Cincinnati Bike Center pursues a simple mission—to encourage bike riding for transportation and recreation. They pursue this goal on multiple fronts, uniting the cycling community through events, interactive platforms, and collaborations with bicycle advocacy groups to improve local bike culture and elect a bicycle as the city's next mayor. The organization also makes a difference in bikers' lives on a daily basis, managing bicycle-commuter centers on busy thoroughfares and aiding bikers with repairs, ride shares, rentals, and guided tours.
When Jason Reser isn't pouring his energy into advocating for cycling paths, he's sprinting between customers at his Newport shop, Reser Bicycle Outfitters, which was named one of America's best bike shops by the National Bicycle Dealer Association in 2013. At his store, which earned also a Second Best Bike Shop award in CityBeat, despite being located in far off Kentucky, he leads a team of spirited cyclists, proficient technicians, and SICI-certified fitting whizzes. Inside customers will find a plethora of road-, mountain-, city-, and kids' bikes, and the zenith of cycling, the omni-terrain Pugsley. The technicians service all makes and models in onsite repair shops, treating bicycles with everything from basic tune-ups to major overhauls to unproductive psychotherapy sessions. They also measure customers and frames at no more than 40 points to complete custom fittings.
In addition to sales and service, an onsite cycling studio offers coaching by Dr. Kathy Cunningham of Athlete Inside. After training or while you waiting on service, customers can enjoy a cup of Joe at the shop's full-service espresso bar, Trailhead Coffee.
Bishop's Bicycles has becycled Cincinnatians for more than a century, offering two-wheeled steeds suitable for both slow, lazy glides and high-velocity speed trials. Whether using a soothingly saddled comfort bike with cruiser-style handlebars or a road bike built for rapid rides, daylong rentals include a helmet as well as a bike trail map upon request, ensuring renters can do more with their cycles than just watch game shows together.
Zoom Multisport Racing encourages triathlon and duathlon racing in the Midwest with events that welcome athletes ranging from average to elite. Its signature race series is the Zoom Triathlon & Duathlon Championship Series, which hosts three races spread across the summertime. During each event, competitors swim through 1,000 yards of open water in Caesar Creek Lake (or run 2 miles for the duathlon), bike through 18 miles of Warren County, and run across 4 miles of dirt and concrete pathways in Caesar Creek State Park. Since each race is identical, athletes can track their progress by the change in time it takes to complete each race and number of hot dogs they can consume afterward without going cross-eyed. Zoom Multisport also teams up with Trimble Triathlon Multisport Coaching Services to offer the Couch to Competition training plan, designed to help chisel beginning muscles into Grecian works of art.
The YMCA of Greater Dayton branch began before the Civil War, but disbanded when war struck. Re-founded in peacetime, individuals and families have gathered at the Y for more than 140 years to enrich themselves through health and wellness programs. Eleven campuses serve the entire community?babies as young as 6 weeks old can attend childcare programs; kids can take gymnastics and soccer lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; seniors can keep fit through Active Older Adults exercise classes; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.