Indoor Cycling Studio to Open in Southie

The Handle Bar will be Boston's third cycling-only studio.

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Indoor cycling bikes photo via Ron Kloberdanz / Shutterstock.com

Indoor cycling bikes photo via Ron Kloberdanz / Shutterstock.com

Indoor-cycling studios are popular all over the country. Here in Boston, we’ve been blessed with the fantastic Recycle Studio that has two city¬†locations¬†in the South End and the Back Bay and Sweat and Soul Yoga in Brighton which offers the¬†amazing¬†Real Ryder¬†bikes. But we were wondering when we’d get another indoor-cycling¬†only studio in town. Other cities like New York have a plethora of studios,¬†including two big ones,¬†Flywheel¬†and Soul Cycle. But starting next month, Boston will finally get into a spinning war where everybody wins.

The Handle Bar will be opening June 8th in Southie, and we couldn’t be more excited. The¬†neighborhood¬†is filled with warehouse-type gyms like CrossFit and boxing, and also has a few neighborhood¬†spots, but it is seriously lacking when it comes to higher-end fitness establishments. The studio is set to open in the Macallen¬†building¬†across the street from the¬†Broadway¬†T station (and the new Starbucks! Southie residents know the reason for that exclamation point). The Handle Bar will feature 30 brand new bikes and offer amenities¬†like spin shoe rentals ($2).

The new Handle Bar Space (photo provided.)

Outside The new studio Space (photo provided.)

So why Southie? Owner¬†Jessica Bashelor tells us that it was the perfect location. “I spent a lot of time trying to find the right home for The Handle Bar. When I saw the space in the Macallen Building, it became clear to me that Southie was the perfect neighborhood to support our business and brand,” Bashelor says. “The Handle Bar embraces a ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality and what better place to grow that concept than the youngest, hippest neighborhood in the city? I am absolutely thrilled to be opening in Southie.”

Classes will be 45 and 60 minutes long and the music will be curated with the latest house and hip-hop remixes in addition to the occasional live deejay. Every class features the use of weighted bars to incorporate an upper body workout. The Handle Bar offers a single class for $20 and packages including five, 10, 20, or 40 classes ranging in price from $95 to $640. Bikes can be reserved online up to seven days in advance. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

This will soon be the interior of the handle bar

This will soon be the interior of the handle bar

This is a much needed¬†addition¬†to the neighborhood and we’ll be checking it out opening week to do a follow-up post with new photos of the space.

The Handle Bar; 141 Dorchester Ave #101; handlebarcycling.com

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