Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is the BikeBus?
Can I reserve the BikeBus for a group?
Sure! BikeBus is perfect for team building events, client appreciation events, conventions, school events, charity events, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, and even commuter rides! To make a group reservation, start planning here.
Can I buy a gift card?
Absolutely! We are happy to issue gift cards for future tour tickets or group reservations. To purchase a gift card, click here.
How many riders can ride at one time?
Up to 8 riders can ride on each tour. For larger groups, we can plan same-day, consecutive 45-minute classes for up to 40 people.
How long are the tours?
Each tour is 1 hour in duration (15-minute setup period and 45-minute class).
Larger groups can reserve 45-minute same day, consecutive tours. To make a group reservation, start planning here.
Where do the Boston City Tours depart from?
The Boston City Tours are round-trip and depart daily from the tour bus pick up area outside of 39 Dalton Street in Boston’s Back Bay, in front of the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The Hilton Hotel is directly across the street from the pick up area. The BikeBus will arrive at the time of the scheduled tour, leaving enough time for setup.
What should I do to prepare for my tour?
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.
Hip flexor, hamstring, and thigh stretches, as well as chest-opening stretches, are highly recommended before and after your BikeBus experience.
Is there an age, height, and weight requirement to ride?
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 waiver form for them. All fitness levels are welcome.
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.
I dislike indoor cycling, because of a past experience. Why should I consider this class?
We use a teaching method that is very welcoming, supportive and non-intimidating for all fitness levels. We also offer gel-padded seat attachments to allow for a much more comfortable ride.
In addition, we do not use free-weights while on the bikes, or promote push-ups and crunches on the bike, as we consider it to be ineffective and unsafe. We know how to train safely and effectively, so ride with us and see the difference. If it helps to know how welcoming we are, we recently had several 60th birthday parties on board!
How is the BikeBus safe?
The Transportation Oversight Division of Massachusetts examined our vehicle, as well as our safety design, and granted us a license to operate. A structural engineer also 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. 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.
In addition, BikeBus hires only certified indoor cycling instructors and knows how to teach indoor cycling safely and effectively. If you can’t perform a particular movement on a road bike, we recommend that you refrain from doing it on an indoor bike. We do 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. 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, we 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, we 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. If something does not feel right, please do not hesitate to ask for extra assistance and never feel pressured to perform a move that makes you uncomfortable.
What amenities do you have on board?
Towel service, water bottles and snacks are included in the price. We have also equipped the BikeBus with storage bins, coat hooks and power outlets. Gel-padded seat attachments are provided for a more comfortable ride.
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.
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.
Has anyone gotten motion sickness on board?
No. The prevailing theory of what causes the dizziness, headaches, and nausea of motion sickness is that riding in vehicles causes confusion between some of the senses. To keep our balance while navigating the world, humans use their eyes, ears, maybe hands if they’re babies who can crawl. The inner ear is the seat of the vestibular system, which deals with movement and balance. And if someone’s eyes tell him one thing – “I am sitting still in a car,” for instance – and his ears tell him another – “I’m traveling at 65 miles per hour on the highway” – that mismatch can cause a problem. Because the BikeBus provides a workout where people are moving inside the bus, as well as conducts a scenic tour at the same time, the mismatch is not occurring. We have had thousands of riders, and nobody has experienced motion sickness.
With respect to your commuter rides, 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. We also leave the driving to someone else, which allows us to really connect with the outside world.
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, particularly since our vehicle is climate-controlled!