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Cycling gym quietly spins into bigger space in Richmond

Cycling gym quietly spins into bigger space in Richmond

Hour Cycle Studio owner Jenn Braswell. Photo courtesy Arnold Silver/Hour Cycle Studio. Leaving behind its original digs in Manchester and lowering its decibel levels, a…

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Hour Cycle Studio owner Jenn Braswell. Photo courtesy Arnold Silver/Hour Cycle Studio. Leaving behind its original digs in Manchester and lowering its decibel levels, a young cycling gym has pedaled its way across the river for some extra space.

Hour Cycle Studio opened Sunday in a 1,200-square-foot space at 209 N. Third St. in downtown Richmond. Owner Jenn Braswell said the new location is about four times larger than where she got started in Manchester a couple years ago, and sought the extra space to give riders room to spread out and to introduce more equipment to the gym.

“It was a very small square footage, which was fine to get started. But I wanted to have a space to offer an enhanced experience with COVID and people still wanting to be spread out and we wanted to have more bikes,” Braswell said.

As a result of the move the gym has doubled its stationary exercise bicycle fleet to 20 bikes.

After opening at 715 E. Fourth St. in Manchester in September 2020 , Braswell said she had been on the hunt for a larger space since January 2021. She had trouble finding a desirable property with a landlord willing to rent to a tenant in a sector of the fitness industry known for loud workout music.

The solution? Headphones to contain the music and instructors’ voices to riders’ ears.

“It was hard for landlords to give us a yes because of the noise. We’re essentially a silent spin studio at this point,” she said.Braswell […]

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