Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the BikeBus?

BikeBus is an award-winning mobile indoor cycling studio that allows you to workout while taking in the views of Boston and other surrounding areas. You can privately charter the BikeBus for a fun, fitness event: company wellness outings, commuter rides, birthday party rides, bachelorette events, etc. During the weekends, you can book tickets to get fit on board and take a scenic tour of Boston at the same time. BikeBus is only available in Boston!

Can I charter the BikeBus for an event?

Sure! There are many ways to plan a BikeBus experience. To check availability and start planning, Contact us here.

Can BikeBus issue a gift certificate for a future ride?

If you’d like to purchase a ride for someone else as a gift, we can help! We are happy to issue gift certificates for future rides. To purchase a gift certificate, please contact us here to get started. In accordance with Massachusetts law, gift certificates issued by BikeBus expire 7 years from the date of issue.

How many riders can ride at one time?

Up to 8 riders can ride at one time.

How long are the rides?

Rides are 1 hour in duration; a 15-minute set up period and a 45-minute workout.  30-minute workouts can be provided for larger groups.

Why not just bike to and from work on a regular bike?

Great question!  If outdoor biking is your preferred method of exercise or commuting, we say go for it!  Be careful, be smart, and be sure to wear your helmet!

But keep in mind that outdoor biking differs from indoor cycling in many ways.  Outdoor biking is more of a solitary experience — and for some that’s the whole point.  Indoor cycling with BikeBus, on the other hand, is a lot more like taking a group exercise class on a party bus. Everyone on board is cycling to the same music, having a great time, and cheering each other on.  It’s a social fitness experience.

With regard to commuting, we believe that there is a certain individually determined radius that allows people to bike to and from work.  Beyond that radius, other options like driving a car or taking public transit are more appealing.  How individuals make that decision is based upon factors like long distances, inclement weather, the poor condition of bike paths and roadways, traffic patterns along the way, how motorists deal with cyclists, and the timing of sunrise/sunset.  Outdoor biking is right for a lot of people.  But in the Boston area, it’s not always right for everyone.

That’s where BikeBus fits in.  Even though the bikes in Boston start to disappear as the last of the leaves fall from the trees, that doesn’t mean your body stops needing exercise.  Indoor cycling is now another option.

Is it safe?

Yes!  A structural engineer approved our custom-made bracket design that secures the bikes to the floor, as well as our comfortable, patent-pending safety restraint system that ensures the safety of all of our riders. The Transportation Oversight Division of Massachusetts examined our vehicle, as well as our safety design, and granted us a license to operate.  Every ride also begins with a fitting for you and your bike, allowing for a more comfortable and safer ride.  Safety instructions are provided throughout the ride as well.  Your safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Can I handle the rides?

Absolutely!  BikeBus uses a teaching method where every skill level is welcome.  You will find a supportive and non-intimidating environment on board.  Beginners feel amazing at the end of the workout, and avid bikers also feel great by the end of the ride.  It all comes down to how much resistance you want to use.  The more resistance you use, the more results you will see!

Is there an age, height, and weight requirement to ride a bike?

Yes.  Riders must be at least 4’10” and a maximum weight of 300 pounds.  If a minor is participating, we ask that a Parent or Legal Guardian fill out a Participation Agreement and Waiver Form.

What should I do before my ride?

Hydrate
Hydrate before, during, and after your ride. Also try to eat at least a snack 30 minutes before boarding.  Your body will not operate well without hydration and some fuel in your engine.

What to Wear
For the best ride, we advise you wear athletic gear that wicks sweat,  Light, breathable performance fabric that promotes cooling body temperatures is recommended.  If you are going to wear pants, the form-fitted ones are recommended. Padded cycling shorts can also make your ride more comfortable.

Stretch
Hip flexor, hamstring, and thigh stretches, as well as chest-opening stretches, are highly recommended before and after your BikeBus experience.

Do I need cycling shoes?

Cycling shoes are NOT REQUIRED for our studio, since we have pedal straps on all of our bikes.  We do kindly ask that you wear CLEAN AND DRY, stiff-soled sneakers.  If you have cycling shoes with SPD clips, you are more than welcome to bring them. All of our bikes are outfitted with the clip system. We do not rent cycling shoes on board. Furthermore, cycling shoes with recessed cleats or an SPD system, as well as a rubberized sole, will be the most suitable for our environment.  Most road cleat systems have large protruding cleats that can make walking difficult or hazardous. Cycling shoes can be a real game-changer, and we highly recommend them for a more efficient and supportive cycling workout.

See this link: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/cycling-shoes.html

Will indoor cycling help me lose weight?

Yes!  If done regularly, combined with a healthy diet, indoor cycling will help you shed the pounds and lower your body fat.  Crank up that resistance if you want even better results!

Does indoor cycling make my legs look big?

No.   Indoor cycling for a short period of time per day will create definition actually elongating muscles. Most large-legged cyclists have added on an intensive resistance training program to their normal cycling routine.

What safety issues do I need to keep in mind when indoor cycling?

In indoor cycling, remember to keep your hips over the pedals when out of the saddle.  If you can’t perform a particular movement on a road bike, we recommend that you refrain from doing it on an indoor bike.  The hand positions should also be adjusted according to your own personal comfort.  Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if something does not feel right.  It can make all the difference in the comfort of your ride.

BikeBus does not use free-weight training while on the bikes, since we consider it to be ineffective and unsafe. Push-ups and crunches on the bike are also ineffective and unsafe. Excessive upper body movement can throw off your balance and possibly strain your back, particularly in a moving environment.  If you want to do some extra upper body toning, hop off the bike and do your workout on solid ground after the bus reaches its destination.  In addition, never take a leg out of the clip or strap for a one-leg push.  You run the risk of hitting your leg with the pedal as it comes around the back end.  If you want to work one-leg at a time, just power down one leg at a time while still tied in and increase power with the opposite leg to the get the same effect.  Lastly, please refrain from what some call “free-wheeling,” which is going faster than 120 RPM during your ride. You will run the risk of flying out of the pedals, causing serious injury. BikeBus knows how to train safely and effectively, so ride with us!

Do you have a restroom on board?

No.  Please plan accordingly; we are similar to any city bus in that we do not have a restroom on board.

What amenities do you have on board?

We have gel-padded seat attachments for a more comfortable ride, particularly for beginners. Complimentary towels, fruit, and water are also available.  Our bus is also equipped with 110V power outlets if you need to charge your cell phone or tablet during your ride.

Does it smell like a gym?

No.  We keep the BikeBus very clean at all times, particularly disinfecting every bike after every ride.  We also have an air purifier on board.