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Bike Month NYC begins Sunday 1---get your body ready to ride at these fitness classes.

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  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Cycle Bar

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Cycle Bar

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Cycle Bar

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Cycle Bar

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    SoulCycle

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    SoulCycle

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    SoulCycle

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    SoulCycle

Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

Cycle Bar

Bring your bike inside


Ride Brooklyn
Classes at this friendly shop use the CompuTrainer, which allows cycling fiends to hook up their own two-wheelers to a frame (it supports the rear wheel) and pedal in place. Riders can compete against up to seven classmates on a virtual course; meanwhile, trainers adjust the resistance and keep track of your speed, distance, cadence and heart rate. 468 Bergen St between Flatbush and Fifth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-599-1340, ridebrooklynny.com). $25--$35.

Take an eco-friendly spin


New York Sports Club
Cycling is already a green method of transportation, but now you can help the earth while pedaling at the gym, too. A pilot program at New York Sports Club's Chelsea location is testing Spinner bikes with "Green Revolution" energy-generating technology. Cyclists can track the number of watt hours they produce during class; over the course of a month, all of the bikes together send about 300 kilowatts back into the gym's power grid. (That's enough to power 72 homes over the course of a year.) 270 Eighth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-243-3400, mysportsclubs.com). One-day pass $25, members free.

Indulge your competitive streak


Flywheel Sports
Race against your fellow classmates—or yourself, if you're that sort of person—at Flywheel's flagship space. The studio keeps an ongoing record of your stats starting with the first class you take; you can access the profile on the company's website and track your progress. Have your numbers displayed on a TorqBoard at the front of the studio during classes to compete with other riders—or keep 'em private if you're not into one-upmanship. 39 W 21st St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-9433, flywheelsports.com). $30.

Train for a triathlon


Cycle Bar
This one-room studio caters to novices and hard-core cyclists alike, with 25 upright Schwinn sport bikes featuring clip-in pedals to accommodate both Spinning and regular cycling shoes. Classes run for 45, 60 or 90 minutes, with the hour-plus Road Rides designed to simulate outdoor races. Want to move for even longer? Reserve solo bike time and hook up your own iPod to help you power through for up to two hours. 274 Fifth Ave between Garfield Pl and 1st St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-499-7433, cycle-bar.com). $25--$30.

Get a whole-body workout


SoulCycle
SoulCycle gives cyclists two ways to focus on their upper bodies: During its signature class, riders use one- or two-pound hand weights to pump iron as they pedal. (Safety note: When you're not gripping the handlebars, use a high enough resistance and slow enough pedal speed to keep yourself steady.) Meanwhile, in the studio's new SoulBands sessions, participants use resistance bands (which hang from the ceiling) to work the arms, abs and lower body all at once. Classes are intense—start with a beginner-level class if you're a newbie—but the candle-lit studio and the upbeat instructors are enough to transcend the feeling of complete exhaustion—well, almost. Various locations throughout the city; visit soul-cycle.com for details. $32.

Sculpt a six-pack


Hover Ride
Give your abs a good ass-whupping during this full-body class, which is offered at three of Crunch Gym's Manhattan locations. Sessions are held in a black-lit studio and take riders through a strength-building workout that includes learning how to balance on the pedals. The intense core workout helps tighten your tummy while improving your posture. 152 Christopher St between Greenwich and Washington Sts (212-366-3725, crunch.com) * 404 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-614-0120) * 113 Fourth Ave between 12th and 13th Sts (212-533-0001). Day pass $30, members free.

Cycle and stretch simultaneously


Equinox
Several Equinox clubs across the city have created two-part Cycle In/Yoga Out classes that work together to get you revved up and then cooled down. After a high-intensity 45-minute spin, instructors guide classmates through a yoga-based stretch (off the bike, in a separate studio) intended to release hip flexors, hamstrings, chest and lower back. Various locations throughout the city; visit equinox.com for details. Members only; no day rate.

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Ryan Bardes
Ryan Bardes

Wow! I wasn't aware of the variety and availability right here under my nose. Thanks for the description.