However, some people will never be convinced of the charms of cycling in London, with the busy streets of the capital not always the most welcoming place for those on two wheels, and running into work is restricted to those with either a short commute or incredible pace.
Fortunately, there is now set to be a third option. Boutique gym 1Rebel has announced Ride2Rebel – a fleet of buses that will contain spinning studios so you can do a HIIT class on the go and will launch later this year.
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The idea of doing a stationary bike class when you could just be cycling might seem a little strange, but try doing a HIIT workout in a cycle lane – and see how far you get without crashing into something or being thwarted by red lights.
Along with nightclub-style lighting, the buses will have tinted windows to avoid the bemused stares of pedestrians. They will run along four popular commuter routes into the 1Rebel studio near Liverpool Street where riders can shower before heading into work.
The routes will start from Stratford, Kensington High St, Angel and Clapham Common, with classes set to last around 45 minutes. That’s presumably quite dependent on traffic though, so you might need to be prepared to spin for two hours if there are roadworks.
1Rebel is advising people to register for tickets at ride2rebel.london (opens in new tab), with Ride2Rebel expected to start this autumn. Prices will be £12-15, which is a snip considering it’s a class and a commute rolled into one.
If you want to get ready for Ride2Rebel by trying out 1Rebel’s HIIT Ride class without the commute thrown in, drop-in sessions cost £20, with discounts available for booking classes in bulk.
Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.
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