With energizing music and a supportive and challenging group dynamic, indoor cycling classes are anything but your average ride on a stationary bike. Here's what you need to start pedaling like a pro:
Pearl Izumi X-Road Fuel shoes
Investing in specialized cycling shoes instead of regular trainers means you can more effectively harness your pedaling force by locking into the pedals (most indoor bikes use an SPD cleat pattern). The X-Road accepts SPD cleats and with heel support and walking tread is flexible enough to wear off the bike as well.
Buy it: $99.99 at Bike Barn, 5935 Kirby
Take those cycling jumps with confidence in this supportive tank by Athleta that stretches and moves with you. The pocket in the back means never having to find a place for your gym I.D.
Buy it: $34.99-$69 at Athleta, 600 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Hybrid cycling short
Riding hard is good, going numb south of the border is not. Padded cycling shorts are designed to increase comfort on the bike by using anatomic seams and decreasing pressure in the seat. Lycra both supports muscles and allows the material to breathe and dry quickly.
Buy it: $50 at Sun N Ski Sport; Southwest Schwinn, 6607 S. Braeswood
The first rule of spin class is that you will sweat - a lot. The second rule of spin class is bring a towel. The SilverSport Silver Towel is made of soft and sustainable bamboo with nanosilver particles that act as a natural antibacterial agent, eliminating odor and germs.
Buy it: $20.50 at Sports Authority, Bed Bath & Beyond
Monitor how efficient and healthy your pace is with a wristwatch that doubles as a heart rate monitor, logging an accurate count of calories burned as you ride. You can also use GPS data on a run; simply click start and it monitors your distance and pace.
Buy it: $199.95, at REI
Limitless Futura tank top
While many spinners pick moisture-wicking spandex tops, there's another school that swears by loose-fitting cotton tanks, which allow the body room to breathe in crowded classes.
Buy it: $25, at Academy