CycleBar set to open in Carmel

CycleBar Carmel marketing and sales manager Abby Armstrong. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

CycleBar Carmel marketing and sales manager Abby Armstrong. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

By Mark Ambrogi

CycleBar, a new indoor cycling studio in Carmel, bills itself as featuring a high-energy workout in a rock concert-like atmosphere.

CycleBar has riders of all ages and fitness levels placed in classes led by their instructors, who lead a 50-minute ride. The riders are in room with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system along with 50 bikes.

The 3,200-square-foot CycleBar, 12967 N. Pennsylvania St., is set to open Dec. 10. The first 10 days the rides will be free with five classes per day. After that, customers can purchase ride packages or pay by ride. The standard price is $20 per class but packages will make it cheaper, according to Abby Armstrong, marking and sales manager for Carmel studio.

Armstrong said there is a monitor to tell the customers how far they rode and how many calories have been burned, among other statistics.

“It’s then emailed to you so you can track your performance, and you’re able to see any progress,” Armstrong said.

There are speciality shoes with clips available to use for free. There are free water bottles featuring cold and room temperature water.

“Some people like to rehydrate differently,” Armstrong said.

The bikes can be reserved for the class online.

“There is air filtration system that keeps the air clean so you’re not breathing in everyone’s air,” Armstrong said. “Everyone is huffing and puffing, and it could get really hot and really smelly in here fast.”

Every instructor has a music playlist they use. The playlist is emailed to the rider after the class.

Armstrong said CycleBar is in the process of hiring 10 instructors and five to eight part-time front desk personnel.

“We’re the first (CycleBar) franchise to open in the country,” Armstrong said. “I know there are at least 100 set to open in 2016.”

Doug Dolenc, of Westfield, is the CycleBar Carmel owner.

There are CycleBars in Cincinnati, Detroit and the Boston area.

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