Spin class is a great equalizer for newbie and veteran cyclists alike. Because no matter how many (or few) races or Time Trials you’ve competed in, the sight of a Spin bike is enough to confound anyone. So don’t worry: you’re not alone in your bafflement!
But don’t let that stop you. For one thing, all reputable Spin classes are taught by a certified instructor who is there to help you. For another, you’ll get the most out of your workout if your bike is properly adjusted—and it’ll also help you avoid injury.
So don’t be shy: part of your instructor’s job is to help you dial in your bike fit. If it’s your first time in a Spin class (or if you simply need a refresher), be sure to arrive early, introduce yourself, and ask for help. Here’s what your instructor will be looking at when they size up your bike to fit.
A quick note: Spin bikes vary in the way they’re constructed and adjusted, but most have knobs that pull out and spin so you can adjust each part of the bike. Remember: righty-tighty, lefty-loosey—you’ll need to twist the knob counterclockwise to loosen it for adjustments. Also, take note of your final adjustment: most Spin bikes have numbers to help you remember your perfect fit.
Start From the Floor:
A good cheater tip: most people’s seat height roughly corresponds to hip-height when you’re standing on the floor next to the bike. So don’t be surprised if you see your instructor eyeing you up before you even throw a leg over the saddle; they’re estimating where to start from. You can use the same trick to save time before you get on.