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Ride On: Everything You Need to Know About Bicycling and Spinning

Cycling is about the most fun you can have burning more than 500 calories an hour. Plus it's so simple anyone can do it. What's stopping you? Get back in the spin with our pedal-pushing pointers.
SoulCycle Where to Get a Good Ride

Use our no-excuses roundup to ride high.

Supercool Cycling Studios

Hip sweat shops, like SoulCycle (soul-cycle.com), Fly Wheel Sports (flywheelsports.com), Cycle House (cyclehousela.com) and Go Cycle (gocyclestudio.com), have proliferated recently. Locate spin-spirational classes near you at Spinning.com.

Biker Gangs

Check your local bike shop or manufacturers' sites, like Giant-bicycles.com and Trekbikes.com, to find free clinics in your area. Or go to the League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org) to link up with other riders. Looking to race? Join a team at usacycling.org/clubs.

New Routes

Blaze a trail by using Google Maps, which gives directions for bike routes, or Map My Ride (mapmyride.com). You can also download the Bike Maps by Maplets app ($1, iTunes App Store) for access to a variety of urban and rural rides.

Loaner Wheels on the Fly

The Zipcar method has finally arrived for cyclists: Bike-share programs, such as B-Cycle (bcycle.com), are now available in more than 10 major cities. Become a member and borrow a set of wheels from a docking station, like the one shown above (membership and usage fees vary by city), then leave your ride at any designated drop-off spot when you're done.

Guided Virtual Classes

Download 30- or 60-minute Get Cyc'd! podcasts from MotionTraxx (free or up to $10, motiontraxx.com) to use at the gym, or pop in a cycling workout DVD ($30, spinervals.com) for that stationary bike at home.