We attended a few classes at Ride Cycle Club in Yaletown Vancouver. Unfortunately we give them a FAIL rating for the following reasons.
They opened a second location in Kitsilano neighbourhood. However the shocker was that they decided to open a half a block–a one minute walk from a local indoor cycling studio called Method Indoor Cycling.
Let us repeat– A HALF A BLOCK!!
JJ Wilson who is the founder of the Ride Cycle Club, and is the son of Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon.
JJ Wilson is quite bold, to say the least.
It doesn’t take a university degree in business to conclude that the local indoor cycling studio which is a half block away will suffer loss.
When we wrote to Method Indoor Cycling, they were quick to distance themselves and differentiate themselves and stated:
They have a different way of conducting their spin classes.
At Method we focus on strength and using different tensions to reach a certain RPM to help our riders reach their individual goals.
To quote the local studio again. They have a “DIFFERENT WAY” indeed.
As such. Is Ride Cycling Club’s “different way” a reckless and conceited
Because we also suffered “the different way” which was consistent with the finger to the universe attitude that that ride cycle club instructors show us
First we found out that Ride Cycle Club charges over 25 dollars a class while at the same time offer the cheaper bikes (without a computer to tell you your riding time, cadence, watts etc). Remember they charge up to 25 dollars a class !! Just a few blocks from Ride Cycle Club the spinning is FREE with membership at Steve Nash Fitness And their bikes have computers !!
Secondly. One of their instructors was very rude and hostile. It was my FIRST time. Caroline Shaikewitz, who is one of the instructors at Ride Cycle Club humiliated and embarrassed me. I was using my phone to check my heart rate in class, but she pointed at me with her finger and accused me of texting–in front of everyone. Which is rude and unprofessional. Did she forget that their bikes have no computers? How do I know if I have been spinning for 15 minutes or 25 minutes? We would definitely avoid Caroline Shaikewitz’s class if you do visit them.
Third. Another one of their instructors who is known as Michael Kong, and likes to be called “body by kong”, not only enjoys unprofessional photos of himself giving the universe the finger, but also enjoys aflicting and threatening a middle-eastern man.
On Thursday August 23rd 2018, Michael Kong, one of the “Ride Cycling Instructors” saw the middle-eastern on the street, then Michael and his friend began verbal assaulting the middle-eastern man. The middle-eastern man is partially-blind and is a very good citizen who helps the homeless weekly.
We then wrote a letter to Ride Cycling club and demanded an apology, however, Ride Cycling Club did not apologize and apparently considered verbally assaulting a middle-eastern man as either acceptable or not serious. Which is another reason to avoid Ride Cycling Club.
Does JJ Wilson, founder of the Ride Cycle Club, who is the son of Chip Wilson founder of Lululemon condone the verbal assault that one of his employees committed on a middle-eastern man?
While we are on the topic of Michael Kong. In our opinion this character suffers from muscle dysmorphia. In many of his
online photos he is flexing and half naked, and naked in some photos.
a psychological disorder marked by a negative body image and an obsessive desire to have a muscular physique.
Muscle dysmorphia is an emerging phenomenon in society. Pressure on males to appear more muscular and lean has prompted a trend in the area of psychobehavioral disorders
Notwithstanding .You would think that only one instructor at Ride Cycling club likes to give the finger to the universe.
Believe it or not. And we would not even have
believed it if we did not see the photos with our own eye
TWO other instructors in the SAME LOCATION enjoy giving fingers to the universe, SO YOUR CHILDREN WILL LEARN A GOOD EXAMPLE. Here is the photo as proof. (because we don’t want to get sued by their black belt lawyer).
ALSO. PLEASE NOTICE. That not only do the instructors from Ride Cycling Club enjoy giving the finger, but these instructors like to add the word “FUCK OFF” so your children and the public feel welcome
Lastly but most importantly. Were you aware that they use dumbbells in the Indoor Cycling class? My shoulders were in pain for days.
Spinning.com in their own words warn us. Please read:
1. Using weighted equipment while on the bike. Lifting weights on any bike is ineffective and unsafe. Weight training is most effectively accomplished when your body and core muscles are stabilized. This is difficult to accomplish at even the lowest recommend training speed of 60 RPM.
Anyone concerned with shoulder injury or problems should be careful.
In addition. I myself and many others in the indoor cycling community prefer bikes that have computer screens that displays your intensity, cadence and watts. Such as the Keiser bikes or the Schwinn Performance Plus bikes. Therefore for the rates that Ride Cycle Club charges they should have added the computer screens to their bikes. However, they unfortunately choose the cheaper bikes.
The classes cost around $25 a pop However just a few blocks away the spinning is free with membership at Steve Nash Fitness
I myself also couldn’t find my groove during my first attempt at “dancing on a bike,” struggling to match the instructor’s brisk 1-2, 1-2 pedalling pace while doing pushups off the handle bars. Coordination is a definite asset. The male locker room is small and only has one shower.
Below is the Steve Nash Fitness Club with Free Indoor Cycling, with a membership and bikes that come with computers is at