NYC's first outdoor cycling studio is opening in Brooklyn

BYKlyn Cycle isn't waiting for gyms to reopen—it's taking its bikes outside.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
Editor, Time Out New York

While indoor activities like working out inside a gym are prohibited for the foreseeable future, one Brooklyn cycling spot is taking it all outdoors.

On August 12, BYKlyn Cycle is opening BYKlyn Yard, a pop-up outdoor studio at 421 Dean Street that will have sun sails to provide shade and recycled astro turf complete with old soccer lines.  

Each class will be 45 minutes of high intensity cardio: battle hills, flats, sprints, and intervals.

Eighteen bikes will be spread at least 6 feet apart at the pop-up, with masks available for all riders and staff. In fact, there will be a "battery" of safety protocols, including health waivers, hourly equipment sanitization, and touch points have been minimized—there will be no hand weights, no water-refills and no hair ties. Bikes will use cages so you must wear your own sneakers. Instructors won't approach any riders but will instead coach using verbal cues and demonstrations. New riders will watch a video to explain how to get set up on a bike.

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Announcing - BYKLYN YARD - NYC’s first outdoor cycling studio! Your favorite instructors and incredible community just steps away from Barclays Center. So many great things about the BYKLYN Yard. We’re using silent disco technology by Sound Off to keep the neighbors happy with whisper quiet classes on the outside and banging tunes on the headset! Safety first with an extensive cleaning protocol and stay health strategy- 18 bikes all 6 feet apart, masks for staff and riders, health waivers, hourly equipment sanitizing, and a stringent check in/ check out policy to minimize touch points. Your safety is our top priority. We cannot wait to share this awesome *multipurpose* space with you. BYKLYN YARD will not only be a cycling studio, it will be a community space where artists and fitness enthusiasts can come together to share in a collective love of music, art, and sweat! There will be murals on the walls curated by Bare Canvas and painted by Alpha Arts Alliance, and various socially distanced events planned along the way. Our first class will be Wednesday morning. Sign-ups for class will be open on Monday so set your calendars and reserve your bike - spots will fill up fast. We’ve missed you BYKlyn. This is our way to give back to a community that has given so much to us. See you at the YARD! #brooklynfitness #nycfitness #nycfit #fitnessgoals #weightloss #fitlife #fitspiration #cardio #sweatlife #spin #schwinn #BYKlyn #cyclinglife #cyclingclass #indoorcycling #brooklyncycling #parkslope #prospectheights #cobblehill #flatbush #brooklyn #community #groupfitness #allbodiesaresummerbodies

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There are a lot of changes BYKlyn is doing to open up, but its owner, Amy Glosser, says its worth it.

"We need fitness and community more than ever," she said. "After so much online fitness, the BYKlyn Yard will be a safe space to get out of the house, reconnect with friends and get your sweat on!"

Since the space is outdoors, BYKlyn Yard will use a SoundOff music system, much like a silent disco, to provide music to get your heart pumping to. It'll also use its walls to showcase murals by Alpha Arts Alliance and other local artists.

"This pandemic has been brutal for small businesses. I applaud BYKlyn for finding a creative solution," said Randy Peers, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce president and CEO said in a statement. "BYKlyn is hiring back employees and helping to bring vitality back to the heart of Brooklyn."

The studio is also suspending memberships for the Yard and making classes $30 a piece or $275 for 10 classes, with 10% going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

"It’s more like a summer romance," Glosser said. "Come to the BYKlyn Yard, take a class and have fun."

For more information, visit BYKlyn's Instagram @byklyncycle or Facebook page.

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