If you've ever been on a CycleBar class waitlist, we have good news: You'll soon have double the chances to spin inside the Loop. The indoor cycling franchise announced its next Houston studio will open in the forthcoming Market at Houston Heights development, a 30,000-square-foot project under construction at 1533 N. Shepherd.
The Heights location will be CycleBar's fifth in the Houston area but only the second inside the Loop, joining the nearby Sawyer Heights studio located in the Washington Avenue Arts District. The Boston-based franchise—which also operates studios here in Vintage Park, Cinco Ranch, and The Woodlands—entered the Houston market in 2016.
Since then, it's earned devoted fans for its metrics-based technology, club-like atmosphere, and high-energy, party-esque class options—schedules vary week to week by location, but themes have included everything from twerking anthems to the evolution of Taylor Swift.
CycleBar is known for its branded studio elements like CycleBeats, a proprietary music database, and CycleTheatre, the actual fitness space with high-tech video and lighting, flat screens (sometimes used in music video rides), and, of course, tiered rows of custom spin bikes that measure personal performance. Riders are emailed their stats, which show calorie burn estimates, average and max RPMs, and overall class rank, after every ride to track their progress.
Franchisees Greg and Sidney Hatfield will operate the new Heights studio in a 2,471-square-foot space on the second floor of the Market development, which is slated to deliver space to tenants—including another Flower Child restaurant—this summer. The project, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, will consist of a two-story main building, additional structure, and a central plaza with seating to separate the two.
Neighbors to the forthcoming development include Superica, La Lucha, Snooze, and Heights Bier Garten, meaning plenty of options for post-ride refueling and, with any luck, a continuation of Sawyer Heights CycleBar's Friday Happy Hour rides at that studio's neighboring Holler Brewing Co.