Inside Kent Cycle, rows of handpicked, name-brand bikes from Surly, All-City, and Torker idle atop sleek hardwood floors, hungry for the chance to feel pavement beneath their tires. Elsewhere in the shop, mechanics keep mounts riding smoothly with regular tune-ups, and riding gear such as gloves, messenger bags, and long-sleeve jackets keep torsos free of moisture and safe from road debris and juggling pins lobbed by unicycle gangs.
While critics laud Canadian-imported comedians, crooners, and hockey stars, Canada is also known for the liberal scientific-workout ethics that gave birth to a genetically engineered exercise more useful than square watermelons and seedless squares. Spynga is a hybrid exercise species of Canadian origin that combines the slow, focused poses and stretching of yoga with the heart-thumping intensity of cardio spinning. The two exercises are not performed simultaneously, as severe and violent tangling would be unavoidable; instead, they are performed one after the other. The skilled and motivational instructors at Buddhaful coach students through a stationary-bike session, revving hearts up to a maximum beating point. This calorie-burning workout is immediately followed by a yoga mat session on the studio's expansive hardwood floor. Muscles, joints, and tendons pushed to their limit by the bike session are stretched and relaxed, easing post-workout pain and tension while aiding in the development of core strength. The studio also offers classes that concentrate solely on yoga or spinning if students prefer to master the techniques separately before attempting a double major. Classes are offered daily; check the schedule and call to reserve a space.
Ohio Cycleworks & Indoor Cycling brings cycling sessions indoors while maintaining the comforts of riding your own bike. Up to six riders hook their road bikes into a CompuTrainer device, which carefully calibrates speed and power and displays their real-time stats through digital screens overhead. Experienced cyclists train alongside newbies, pounding out miles without the hassles of inclement weather and aggressive vehicles while forging camaraderie and pushing their workouts to the limits in a safe, supervised setting. The trainers also offer private coaching to help riders improve their performances. During these sessions, they still draw upon technology and can determine where you are producing power in each pedal stroke and the number of baseball cards needed to make your back wheel sound like a Harley.