There is the expression “once you’ve learned to ride a bike, you never forget.” The memories of learning to ride a bike give me flashbacks of keeping my body balanced, and pedaling as fast as possible with my dad running beside me.
Back in those days, riding a bike was about having fun and keeping up with my friends. I never considered it to be a form of exercise until I got older. Now I realize that while I was learning to ride, I must have used a lot of core strength to keep myself from falling over. The core muscles that I used as a child to keep myself from falling over, I now use as I ride and exercise on RealRyder indoor cycling bikes.
Exercise bikes have really evolved over the years. The RealRyder indoor cycling bike is different from other stationary exercise and spin bikes. The bike’s articulating frame design allows riders to engage their entire body and mind throughout their ride. The riders’ endurance increases as they climb hills with heavy gear and race down flat roads. The fly wheel on the RealRyder bike is located in the back of the bike and weighs 66 pounds. The positioning and weight allows for a smoother ride than flywheels on the “traditional” indoor spin bikes found in most gyms.
The RealRyder indoor cycling bike was created to simulate riding a bike outdoors. The frame allows you to lean to the left and right to make turns just like you would on a real bike. This allows for greater joint mobility in the hips, back and knees, since the bikes move with the body’s natural pedaling motion. Riders feel their core engage for a total body workout. As more muscles are being used to lean and turn, approximately 20 percent more calories are burned compared to other stationary bikes.
Being able to make these motions takes exercise on a bike to a whole new level. You are no longer just pedaling away on static bikes stuck in one position. As the bike moves you balance on it just like a real bike, bringing back those memories of learning as a child. Once you get the feel of it, you never forget and your ride becomes more defined, fun and effective. It’s as if you’ve taken the training wheels off and now have learned what you can do with your ride.
Cindey Moore MacLeod is a spin instructor at Aerial Fitness and Spin Sanity on West Main Street in downtown Riverhead, which boasts 29 RealRyder cycling bikes
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