Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Spin Class

Old 08-28-18, 09:21 AM
  #1  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Spin Class

Yes I am signing up for Spin Class at my gym. I made some inquiries for this is completely a new area for me whcih I was informed to do it properly I need SPD clips (don't use clips for prefer spiked flat pedals). I heard of a few popular brands but what is the preferred by people on here? Velcro or lace? Is there different type/brands of SPD clips to consider?
IvyGodivy is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 09:34 AM
  #2  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 4,363
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1095 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 76 Times in 46 Posts
The bikes usually have dual sided pedals w/ toe clips, so you don't need cycling shoes to get started.

I use (a previous version of) these- walkable soles without mountain style lugs.

https://www.giro.com/us_en/products/...eflective.html

Any 2 bolt (SPD) type shoe with a recessed cleat is fine- not good to scrape around on gym floors with exposed metal cleat.

Cheap shoes can be stiff & uncomfortable so there's that.
woodcraft is online now  
Old 08-28-18, 09:38 AM
  #3  
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Posts: 6,529

Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
$80 spuds should do the trick.
__________________
We are on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I donít know.
Dudelsack is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 09:57 AM
  #4  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
The bikes usually have dual sided pedals w/ toe clips, so you don't need cycling shoes to get started.

I use (a previous version of) these- walkable soles without mountain style lugs.

https://www.giro.com/us_en/products/...eflective.html

Any 2 bolt (SPD) type shoe with a recessed cleat is fine- not good to scrape around on gym floors with exposed metal cleat.

Cheap shoes can be stiff & uncomfortable so there's that.
They are the ones that told me it's not toe, it's SPD. I had to Google it to see what they were talking about.

Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
$80 spuds should do the trick.
Thanks. Will see if I can get that on Zappos.
IvyGodivy is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 10:13 AM
  #5  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 4,363
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1095 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 76 Times in 46 Posts
Not sure who 'they' refers to.

This is the common pedal style for spin bikes.

https://www.fitnessequipmentestore.c...iABEgKM-fD_BwE

I would just go do the class w/ regular shoes & take it from there. See what others are wearing.

Cycling shoes are a good idea IMO, but not essential.
woodcraft is online now  
Old 08-28-18, 10:23 AM
  #6  
Maelochs
Senior Member
 
Maelochs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 11,472

Bikes: 2015 Workswell 066, 2014 Dawes Sheila, 1983 Cannondale 500, 1984 Raleigh Olympian, 2007 Cannondale Rize 4, 2017 Fuji Sportif 1 LE

Mentioned: 137 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5472 Post(s)
Liked 121 Times in 82 Posts
I doubt they only have pedals accommodating cycling shoes because not a lot of people are going to try out a class with an $80-$200 price tag (for the shoes) only to find they don't like it.

Shoe fit is really important---and from my experience more important in a spin class because (at least for me) I was riding high to higher intensity the whole time, so hot spots under and on top of the foot which wouldn't develop in road cycling showed up in the spin class. As twice, or go look at the bikes.

Alternately, you could bring your own pedals. Pedals swap out as a rule with a 9/16 or 15 -mm flat wrench or with (I think) an 8-mm allen key from the back.

I really enjoyed spin class---would still do it if my schedule allowed.
Maelochs is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 02:44 PM
  #7  
MAK
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Delaware
Posts: 1,399

Bikes: Yes, I have bikes.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 151 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 12 Times in 5 Posts
Go to the gym and look at the pedals to be absolutely sure. Most likely you'll find spd/flat w/cage. I've been spinning for +10 years and the classes are half sneakers, half spd shoes. Wear what you want.
MAK is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 07:39 PM
  #8  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I don’t get why everyone is doubting me. I am a member at Edge Fitness whom supplies Spin Classes with the membership and I talked to one of the people there and they are using SPD’s.

Change pedals? Seriously? No thanks.

Side note I found a YT video of a woman showing how to install SPD’s on a pair of Keen Sandals where are my go to shoes for the summer and at times the Adidas.

That is cool and going to see if I can get that.

Last edited by IvyGodivy; 08-28-18 at 07:44 PM.
IvyGodivy is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 07:49 PM
  #9  
brianmcg123
Senior Member
 
brianmcg123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: TN
Posts: 1,229
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 333 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by IvyGodivy View Post
I donít get why everyone is doubting me. I am a member at Edge Fitness whom supplies Spin Classes with the membership and I talked to one of the people there and they are using SPDís.

Change pedals? Seriously? No thanks.

Side note I found a YT video of a woman showing how to install SPDís on a pair of Keen Sandals where are my go to shoes for the summer and at times the Adidas.

That is cool and going to see if I can get that.
Nobody is doubting they use SPDs. But every spin bike I have ever been on has double sided pedals. One side is for bike shoes with SPD cleats. The other is a toe clip and strap that you can wear any kid of shoe with.

brianmcg123 is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 08:00 PM
  #10  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 51,564

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 134 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2944 Post(s)
Liked 148 Times in 93 Posts
Originally Posted by brianmcg123 View Post
Nobody is doubting they use SPDs. But every spin bike I have ever been on has double sided pedals. One side is for bike shoes with SPD cleats. The other is a toe clip and strap that you can wear any kid of shoe with.


Yes, this.
Machka is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 08:55 PM
  #11  
AbsoluteMike
Junior Member
 
AbsoluteMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 21

Bikes: Fuji absolute 1.9

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've thought about joining a cycling class at my gym, maybe winter I'll give it a go
AbsoluteMike is offline  
Old 08-28-18, 09:12 PM
  #12  
coupster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Flat Rock, NC
Posts: 391
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
The local YMCA has a mish-mash of manufacturers and models of spin bikes and they all have dual sided pedals. But it is possible that your gym has removed the clips and turned the functional 2 sided pedals into pedals with only 1 really usable side - SPD. But before you spend any $ on anything or even sign up for a class, I'd recommend watching a class. There is only one spin instructor at the Y that treats the spin bike like a bicycle. His workouts are killer as they mimic the motions and demands of a real world bike rider - sprints, intervals, slog climbs, etc even single pedal drills.. The other instructors treat the spin bike as just another piece of aerobic equipment. They have the students bounce up and down on the bike, carry hand weights and do upper body weight moves while pedaling and other absurdities that no cyclist would ever think of doing on a bike. Great aerobic workout but not what I'm looking for in a spin class. I take a spin class to improve my outdoor performance not just exercise my cardio systems. You have to make sure your goals are in line with the instructor's, otherwise you won't get what you want out of a class.
coupster is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 12:31 AM
  #13  
Doctor Morbius
Interocitor Command
 
Doctor Morbius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The adult video section
Posts: 3,335

Bikes: Endurance Road, Road, DS Hybrid, Hybrid, Sport MTB

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 566 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 14 Posts
Originally Posted by coupster View Post
... They have the students bounce up and down on the bike, carry hand weights and do upper body weight moves while pedaling and other absurdities that no cyclist would ever think of doing on a bike.
I'd probably have a very difficult time keeping my yap shut around an instructor like that.
Doctor Morbius is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 12:52 AM
  #14  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 4,363
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1095 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 76 Times in 46 Posts
Originally Posted by coupster View Post
The local YMCA has a mish-mash of manufacturers and models of spin bikes and they all have dual sided pedals. But it is possible that your gym has removed the clips and turned the functional 2 sided pedals into pedals with only 1 really usable side - SPD. But before you spend any $ on anything or even sign up for a class, I'd recommend watching a class. There is only one spin instructor at the Y that treats the spin bike like a bicycle. His workouts are killer as they mimic the motions and demands of a real world bike rider - sprints, intervals, slog climbs, etc even single pedal drills.. The other instructors treat the spin bike as just another piece of aerobic equipment. They have the students bounce up and down on the bike, carry hand weights and do upper body weight moves while pedaling and other absurdities that no cyclist would ever think of doing on a bike. Great aerobic workout but not what I'm looking for in a spin class. I take a spin class to improve my outdoor performance not just exercise my cardio systems. You have to make sure your goals are in line with the instructor's, otherwise you won't get what you want out of a class.


Good point. I tried out a class that involved some upper body pumping, clapping, & even holding hands w/ folks on either side of you.

The one I go to is close enough to cycling oriented to work.
woodcraft is online now  
Old 08-29-18, 06:18 AM
  #15  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I don't see any issue with the up and down and other wacky things; keeps it interesting. The pedaling alone will have carry over to outside biking or biking in general.

As for try it before spend the money I hear ya but on the flip-side and I know I said I would never do this (I have to stop saying I will never do this) is that I now want clip pedals. I have the proper tool to swap them so on one day want to go flat pedals and another clip I can do so in about 1 minute; on my bike that is.

On a side note I know how I can get around the ladies so need to keep myself in check. I still remember before the 2k (late 90's) the body thong and training at a kickboxing school. Shorts tend to slide down. On top of it the studio was down the street from a strip club where the employees there tend to train at our gym.

Yeah this is going to get interesting.

Last edited by IvyGodivy; 08-29-18 at 06:23 AM.
IvyGodivy is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 06:36 AM
  #16  
burnthesheep
Newbie racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,169

Bikes: Propel, red is faster

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 523 Post(s)
Liked 181 Times in 122 Posts
I know spiked flats is a legit mtb/downhill thing. I always think though the first time there is an incident where those meet the shins, some spd's would start looking reallllly good.

Ask me how I know....

Also, could always take a pedal wrench with you and your pedals. We have Cycleops 400 pro's at our work gym with a combo of SPD and toe strap. Guys still swap them out for their SPD SL's or Looks then swap back when done.

FWIW, try the GCN show youtube workout videos. They have both spin class and mountain climbing videos.
burnthesheep is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 07:50 AM
  #17  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
I know spiked flats is a legit mtb/downhill thing. I always think though the first time there is an incident where those meet the shins, some spd's would start looking reallllly good.

Ask me how I know....

Also, could always take a pedal wrench with you and your pedals. We have Cycleops 400 pro's at our work gym with a combo of SPD and toe strap. Guys still swap them out for their SPD SL's or Looks then swap back when done.

FWIW, try the GCN show youtube workout videos. They have both spin class and mountain climbing videos.
What I love about the spike pedals is it keeps my feet from slipping and I can wear any shoes I want. My primary go to shoes are: Keen Sandals (one of the Newport brands), and Adidas. I love the Keens for I am known to go on trails that lead to water and being able to walk right in is a plus.

But I also see the clips benefit. Anyway I am in the market and watched so many GCN videos I think I am starting to talk like them.
IvyGodivy is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 10:42 AM
  #18  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,396

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6925 Post(s)
Liked 246 Times in 204 Posts
A couple years ago, for a local spin class, a customer bought road shoes,
and we fitted a SPD Cleat flanked by laterally stabilizing pontoons .

Made for using those cleats on road shoes ..
after the session, you take off those shoes ..
and put on shoes you prefer for your daily lifestyle..

If you want to bring your own pedals and a pedal wrench
to replace the ones on the class' stationary bikes, that's another choice..





.....
fietsbob is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 10:50 AM
  #19  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
***Update***
Bought Shimano pedals: flat one-side and clips on the other and it comes with SPD clips Amazon.
Just got back from a bike store about 30-minutes ago with a pair of Giant bike shoes (multi-purpose). I tried those and the Shimano but the Shimano's the largest they had was a 11.8 and the Giant I needed a 13 (I am a 12 on normal shoes).

I am excited to get started on this; NOT excited about getting up at 4:30am to get ready and get to the gym on-time. I can at least sleep-in on weekends.
IvyGodivy is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 10:54 AM
  #20  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
A couple years ago, for a local spin class, a customer bought road shoes,
and we fitted a SPD Cleat flanked by laterally stabilizing pontoons .

Made for using those cleats on road shoes ..
after the session, you take off those shoes ..
and put on shoes you prefer for your daily lifestyle..

If you want to bring your own pedals and a pedal wrench
to replace the ones on the class' stationary bikes, that's another choice..
.....
No interest in putting pedals on and off the bikes. That would be overkill. But I am planning to come in with my Birkenstocks or flip-flops, put on the shoes (why I got velcro), do the class, and swap shoes again.
IvyGodivy is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 11:24 AM
  #21  
Teamprovicycle
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Providence
Posts: 733

Bikes: Specialized tarmac sl2 giant tcx zero

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 319 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I got a 3 hole spd adapter so i just run my road shoes
Teamprovicycle is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 03:52 PM
  #22  
Milton Keynes
Senior Member
 
Milton Keynes's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 2,673

Bikes: Two-wheeled human-powered vehicles, but that's not important right now

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1173 Post(s)
Liked 88 Times in 49 Posts
I tried a spin class once but had to quit because I got too dizzy.

Ba dum chissss
Milton Keynes is offline  
Old 08-29-18, 04:00 PM
  #23  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,333

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 59 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1962 Post(s)
Liked 358 Times in 201 Posts
Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Yes, this.
Same.
caloso is offline  
Old 09-04-18, 09:15 AM
  #24  
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Posts: 6,529

Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
On Amazon they have Gavin MTB shoes for spin classes for $48. It would cost another $15 to get some SH56. Can't beat it with a stick.
__________________
We are on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I donít know.
Dudelsack is offline  
Old 09-05-18, 08:08 AM
  #25  
IvyGodivy
Gravel Rider
Thread Starter
 
IvyGodivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: CT
Posts: 154

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5 | Trek Fuel EX5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Using Giant shoes and going to my 3rd class tomorrow. Already feeling the pain and benefits. A lot of carry over to my riding and conditioning in general; the instructors are a perk too.
IvyGodivy is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.