The opening of Zengo Cycle’s DC location in Logan Circle has been pushed back multiple times, but we come bringing good news: It’ll officially open on January 1, 2014.
That comes from owner Marc Caputo, who gave us a sneak peek of the 1,900-square-foot studio located at 1508 14th Street, Northwest. There are 50 lockers, two bathrooms with showers, and of course, a slew of fancy cycling bikes whose wheels are just waiting to be spun. Here are five things to expect with the new studio that we’re super excited about.
1. An urban redesign and rebranding
With the opening of Zengo Cycle’s Logan Circle location comes a complete redesign of the brand. Caputo enlisted Streetsense—the same team behind Red Hen and Kapnos—to create an “industrial and organic” feel. Think reclaimed wood for the walls and benches, LED lighting, and exposed concrete. The Bethesda location will undergo the same redesign next year.
2. Brand-spankin’ new Schwinns
The 900-square-foot studio is stocked with 45 top-of-the-line Schwinn bikes. The handles are wider for a better grip and there are more settings to fit the bike to each individual rider (aka less opportunities for a sore butt and achy back). “You can pretty much fine-tune it to any size,” says Caputo.
3. Killer sound system
The one thing that can make or break an indoor cycling studio? The music. That’s why Zengo brought in a sound engineer to both the Logan Circle and Bethesda studios to whip the sound systems into shape. “There are no dead spots,” says Caputo. “No matter where you’re sitting, you’re getting this complete custom experience. It’s like putting on headphones.” Plus, the sound system will also program to each instructor’s unique voice.
4. Friendship packages
As much as we’d like to get our money’s worth of that unlimited rides package, there’s only so much time to dedicate to endless cycling. Expect a new option that allows you to cash in on a deal with another rider, whether that’s your significant other, roomie, or best friend. You’ll be able to share a membership package so none of the classes go to waste.
5. Ridiculously good post-workout munchies
One cycling session can burn an average of 400 to 600 calories. Good thing there are plenty of options around the studio where you can refuel. The studio is just below a new Chipotle and a block away from Sweetgreen. But don’t forget about the explosion of 14th Street restaurants—Le Diplomate, Etto, and Ghibellina, to name a few—that are just a short walk away from the studio, too.