LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Mike’s Hike and Bike is known for its daily deals on boating equipment, camping gear, cycling shop and general outdoor clothing. Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday mornings, however, offer a haven for indoor cycling training.
Located at 206 N. Main Street in London, Mike’s Hike and Bike has been hosting indoor cycling classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Participants bring their own bike and trainer, which is a stand that allows them to ride their own bikes and add adjustable resistance.
According to Owner Michael J. Hale, staying in shape is all the motivation he needs to host the classes.
“The primary idea is to stay in shape throughout the winter,” said Hale. “Most of these people are distance riders. We’re not racers, per se, but we all ride recreationally and ride fairly long distances – 50 to 100 miles.”
Tuesdays are geared towards strength and technique training. It’s in these classes that participants learn how to get the most out of the way they ride. Thursdays are focused more on aerobic training and breathing techniques. Saturday morning classes – offered only at the Richmond location – offer somewhat a departure, being more casual and conversational.
“We have a whole bunch of different training videos. Tuesdays are about increasing power output and our technical cycling abilities,” Hale said. “Thursdays generally focus more on cardio – just making ourselves sweat and breathe heavy.”
While the training is intense, the overall atmosphere of the evening classes is very welcoming and laid back. Participants heckle Hale, each other and even the training video, throwing witty comebacks at a television screen while simultaneously obeying it.
For days when group rides would be more torturous than constructive due to inclement weather, the three classes offer nothing short of an oasis for cycling enthusiasts. All that’s required is bringing your own bike and training stand – an unspoken courtesy sometimes broken by Hale.