I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I won't kill myself.
February 1, 2014 11:02 AM Subscribe
Los Angeles, I am accident-prone. I average one major bicycle crash a year. Help me find a hardcore indoor cycling activity that will still kick my ass and keep me safely off the streets for training rides.
I'm an avid cyclist who also has extraordinarily bad luck on the roads. I've just spent a whole month off my bike recovering from my fourth accident in as many years. I know a great many cyclists can endurance-train on the streets of L.A., but apparently I am not one of them. I'm tired of wondering who or what I'm going to smash into when I'm trying to maximize my speed.
I spent several seasons in an outdoor "boot camp" and LOVED it, but my knee is still too wonky from the accident for me to do anything more aggressive like sprinting, running, etc. So I'm looking for a "boot camp" atmosphere, but on a bicycle. Please recommend a hardcore indoor cycling/spin class, preferably in West L.A., where I can still push myself to the limit and reserve my city routes for slightly more leisurely / less aggressive rides.
(n.b.: I know indoor cycling will never, ever be the same as the great outdoors. But I am seriously one-step-forward, three-steps-back when it comes to fitness, and I'm sick of losing a month out of every year to recover from some sports-related injury or another.)