Exercise & Fitness

Spinning Wheels

Ride off into the sunset this season with SPIN!’s summer bike rides.

Every week during the summer, bike riders of every age and experience level can head out on free bike rides sponsored by SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza. With rides four days a week and a variety of routes—including shorter rides perfect for families, novices and those who haven’t ridden bikes in a while, challenging courses for advanced cyclists and a mountain bike trail—there’s a ride fit for everyone.

Worried about being inexperienced? Hired cyclists lead the Monday bike rides and will help you feel comfortable. There are also special clinics and rides the first Monday of each month led by the Kansas City Metro Bike Club (held in addition to the regularly scheduled rides) for newcomers who want to learn more about group riding before hopping on.

The rides run from now through August 31 with Monday rides staging at 6:15 p.m. and departing at 6:30 p.m. from the back parking lot behind SPIN! and Whole Foods at The Fountains Shopping Center. Confident riders can set out on unguided show and go on rides at the restaurant’s South Plaza location Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., the Lenexa location Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and the Lee’s Summit location at 9:30 a.m.

In addition to routes of varying lengths, the scenery is different for each day’s trek, with views of suburbs, city, wide open hills, mountain bike trail, lakes and farms.

No registration or fancy gear is needed—just a bike and a helmet. After rides, cyclists and their friends and families receive a 20 percent discount on food at SPIN! After all, that pedaling works up an appetite.

SPIN! began sponsoring the bike rides eight years ago, a natural fit since the restaurants feature cycling chic decor. This year, SPIN! Bike Rides will serve as the practice rides for several charity rides, among them the Fountains Tour, Cider Mill Century, and Summer Breeze tour. The company will also sponsor several area charity rides including the upcoming American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure and Joel’s Ride: Wheels for Meals.

For more info and a look at ride routes, spinpizza.com/kcbikerides.