When you’re joining a group spinning class, it’s all about ditching the bib and embracing some color.
THE SHIRT: No road-race wear, says Chad Stringfellow, a New York–based Soul-Cycle instructor. Instead, keep it casual with this Sir Bradley Wiggins–tribute shirt by Rapha. Buy snug, so it won’t droop “and because too big causes chafing,” says Stringfellow. ($40, rapha.cc)
THE TIGHTS: You need compression for support. Nike Hypercool, with breathable mesh panels running up to the hips, offers just the right amount of blood flow and comfort. ($45, nike.com)
THE SHORTS: You cancover tights with these featherlight Nike Freedom shorts. “I wear my shorts over my spandex,” says Stringfellow. “I don’t like to have all my stuff exposed.” ($45, nike.com)
THE SHOES: Any major brand—Shimano, Diadora, or these, made for cycling studio Flywheel—is perfect, so long as it has SDP cleats, the most common spinning-bike pedal.
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