Fitness

Indoor Cycling Studio the Handle Bar Is Coming to North Station Early Next Year

The Handle Bar is looking to expand with a fourth studio coming to the North Station in early 2019.


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Your options to spin in the city are bountiful. When indoor cycling hit the market, it hit the market hard, and now everyone seems to have a favorite. It’s no wonder either, since each one offers a range of music, studio ambience, and amenities—and they all seem to have a loyal fan base supporting the instructors and vibe at each location. The Handle Bar is no exception. Fans of the local spin studio conglomerate were rejoicing all over social media after owner and founder Jess Fracalossi announced a new location on Instagram, and we had to see what she has up her sleeve.

“This expansion is so exciting for us,” she says. “We’re thrilled to grow our offering and our footprint. It has been invigorating to be a part of the growth in Fenway, and the developing North Station neighborhood feels familiar in the best way.”

Fracalossi, who opened the first studio in South Boston in 2013 after working at a startup activewear company, opened the Fenway location in 2014 and the Harvard Square one in 2015. The growth of the Handle Bar community even lead to a philanthropic arm of the business called Handle with Care, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and changing the narrative of the stigma surrounding it.

She has created a loyal following of Handle Bar riders on and off the bike, and says she’s excited to offer even more to the community. The new studio will be 3,000 square-feet and feature a fleet of over 50 stage bikes as well as men’s and women’s locker rooms. She’s even hinting at a new way to sweat, explaining that the Handle Bar team is developing a new workout for riders with the launch of the new studio. Might we have something similar to B/Spoke’s Train off-the-bike class or Turnstyle’s bootcamp? We’ll just have to wait and see.