Category Archives: Indoor Cycles

Bringing consistency to your Indoor Cycle saddle positions

Indoor Cycling Bike Maintenance Tip

I loved Barbara Hoots’ suggestion that successful businesses are continually offering New or Improved products/services and are always Improving! These changes don’t have to be huge – something as simple as ensuring that the fit of each Indoor Cycle in your studio is the same could be an improvement. Here’s why…

What’s my number?

When you fit new riders to your Indoor Cycles you tell them their numbers; Seat is hole 6, seat slider is X, handle bar height is Y, etc… You may write them down on a note card and riders depend on these setting marks/numbers being accurate, regardless of which bike they ride.

This past Thursday morning I set up my Instructor bike, jumped on and knew immediately that something was wrong. I felt like I was sitting way forward of my normal position. Jumped off and checked the slider position – It was exactly where I always have it. Jumped back on and still felt like I sitting too far forward… and just lived with it while I taught my class.

I checked afterward to see what was causing my concern and it was as I suspected – someone must have switched out this bike and this saddle was installed in a different position, all the way to the front of the seat post = although I had adjusted the slider correctly the saddle was still to far forward.

You’ll need a wrench to fix this.

Saddle Fore and Aft position can be change in two ways. How you’re familiar, using the adjuster knob or pin and sliding position – or – by loosening the nut that holds the two seat rails to the slider assembly. Each saddle should have been installed in the same position – operative word here being should, they almost never are.

Here’s a video I made showing Spinner NXT’s and how you can check that each saddle is installed correctly. NOTE: every Indoor Cycle and bicycle saddle adjusts on the rails the same way – how you measure the position, in relation to the slider, will be different between the various brands.

 

While you’re at it, I suggest checking that each seat is level. Dead level is typically best for men and women. You’re measuring from the high-points (not the center depression) on either side, to the nose of the saddle.

550 version of saddle tool

 

 

Will you be at WSSC in Miami this week?

Performance iq spin power display system

If you are planning to attend WSSC I’d love to meet you. I will be at the conference all three days.

My main focus will be the Spin Power sessions and there’s a lot of them on the schedule! Especially those that are including a specially designed Performance IQ display system, customized for the Spin Power Program.

Team Time Trial with Performance IQ Presented by Angie Sturtevant In team time trials, riders take turns either at the front or ‘sitting in’ behind, conserving enough team energy for an all-out pull toward the finish. In this workout you will compete as part of a team, as accumulated power output is displayed on the big screen using Performance IQ. This gives all teams the energy to chase and spectators something to cheer about!

Spinpower™: Personal Spinning® Threshold Presented by Martin Timmerman The Personal Spinning Threshold (PST) is the key to Spinpower success—once PST is determined, you have a baseline threshold marker that can be used to create a unique training program and track student progress. This workshop will teach you the protocol of the Personal Spinning Threshold test and how to administer this test to your students. You will establish your own Spinpower Zones and then experience a ride which will criss-cross these zones. WS NEW

Spinpower™ Race Day Winners Presented by Dino Pedras All athletes know that we must be efficient and well-organized to get the most out of our training, and a Race Day ride is how we see the results of that hard word. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a successful Race Day using Spinpower to help you determine what variables you should integrate into your training program and how to best periodize your time to reach your maximum potential and find the way to victory!

During the conference, Performance IQ will be demonstrating how their system can be connected to your studio’s MindBodyOnline account through a Live Edit integrated website – very cool stuff if you haven’t seen it.

 If you’ll be there – please text or call me 612-868-0064 so we can meet and I can say hello!

John

Bicycle Shoe SPD Cleat Adjustment Tool You Need

Ergon SPD Cleat adjusting tool
I’m wasn’t sure if you saw this at post at indoorcycleinstructor.com about this amazing Ergon tool for adjusting your participants SPD cleats.

This $25 tool is very easy to use and, with 100% of Indoor Cycles featuring SPD pedals, it would make perfect sense for you to have one in your club or studio.

Profitably operating a boutique studio comes down to providing great classes and phenomenal service. I can’t think of an easier way you can demonstrate your commitment to both than to offer a custom cleat fitting as part of a shoe sale or membership / ride card package.
The trick would be to assign a value to this service; Cleat adjustments $20.00 and post it for your customers to see. Then you could sell it or include it as a value added service along with something a customer does pay for.

I found that I was actually enjoying how easy it was to adjust all the shoes in our house. Watch this video to see for yourself.
 

Discounts on Indoor Cycle Replacement Parts

Spinner NXT and PRO Indoor Cycle repair partsDiscount code [this promotion has ended] replacement and maintenance parts + tools for most brands of Indoor Cycles!

Bill and I are committed to helping Indoor Cycling Studios be as profitable as possible. This special arrangement with parts distributor Sportsmith should help take some of the sting out of purchasing commonly needed replacement parts for your studio. They also offer a wide selection of specialty tools which may help you save additional money by making repairs yourself.

Do you use Schwinn Triple Link Pedals?

Spinner bike Best Price schwinn triple link pedals

Have you considered Schwinn Triple Link Pedals as an upgrade for your Indoor Cycling bikes? Realizing that you will need to purchase 20 – 50 of these pedals and a small savings can really add up, I did some research and found that Sportsmith.net appears to currently offer the best pricing on Schwinn Triple Link Pedals.

If you are using these pedals you may want to check out the Red Pedal Tool (my very own invention) that solves the problem of safely removing the shoe basket without hurting yourself 🙂

Spinner® Indoor Cycling Bike Seat Setup

spinner indoor cycle seat setup
Fix this and cyclists will love you for it!

After I set someone up properly on any Indoor Cycling bike, I tell the their seat height and seat fore/aft measurements. That way the student should be able to set themselves up on their next visit. This only works when there is consistency between each bike in your room, in how the seat is installed on the slider.
I made this short video to show you what I’m talking about.

Buying used spinning bikes for your studio

If your are operating or starting starting a new cycling studio, one way you can potentially reduce your costs is by purchasing used indoor cycles.  There are pluses and minuses and this decision should be carefully considered.  If Schwinn or StarTrac are brands you are considering there is some interesting video content from an expert that you may want to reveiw.

Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles.com is The Expert on Indoor Cycling bike maintenance. He has a series of 75 YouTube videos that go into great detail on a range of topic including inspecting used Star Trac Spinner and Schwinn bikes so you can make an informed decision.

Maintenance costs for indoor cycling and SPIN® bikes

If you have a thriving studio, you know your bikes take a real beating.  100 to 300 pound cyclists pound on them, sweat on them Help with Indoor Cycling Maintenanceand  rock them 3 to 7 times a day in a hot moist environment.  With that kind of treatment, maintenance and TLC is a necessity…..and a cost.   Some of this maintenance can be done by the studio owner with some basic tools and a regular time commitment — but unless you are hugely handy (and trained), a good portion of your maintenance will be outsourced to a professional in your area.

Maintenance needs evolve and increase as your bikes age, but our experience has been that well-maintained bikes can last 3 to 5 years or more if they are properly maintained.  There is also a reasonably good re-sale market for used bikes making it a little less expensive to upgrade to new equipment when your lease expires.  We have had good success selling old bikes on Craig’s List, or directly to our customers (though you may want to limit those sales if you think it will keep someone in their basement and out of your studio!).   Often the reason for moving your bikes on is because you want the nice new model…..and maintenance costs are starting to creep up.

I would love to hear how other people deal with the maintenance issue, I feel like your cost is based on a few factors:

  1. What type of bikes you have (some break down more than others, some are more expensive to fix)
  2. How often they are ridden (the more full classes, the more maintenance is needed)
  3. How much “day to day” maintenance you do (the more the better)
  4. How often you have them professionally maintained (regular visits? or only when the totally break down?)
  5. What your tolerance is for noise and vibration (if you and your customers don’t mind the squeaks, you can cut down on maintenance)
  6. How many bikes you have (the higher the number, the lower cost per bike since repair guy is there already)

One sample studio’s 2- year experience (basic cleaning and lube done by owner)
40 bikes / Schwinn Evolutions
Average 22 classes per week
Total bike repair costs:  $4450
Cost-per-bike:   $56 per year

If you have a similar example from your own studio, or thoughts on maintenance, please share them with comments here!   Thanks.