We’re always excited to hear about new businesses on the High Street and this is particularly interesting – a community bike shop and spinning studio. We do like a bit of cycling here at High Living.
You’ve probably noticed all the pelotons powering up and down the hill and through Barnet at weekends to realise that the Great North Road is a key cycle route in its own right and for exploring the beautiful Green Belt countryside. So Barnet is an ideal spot for Velofit which has opened on the old Savills site. Intrigued, I had a quick nose around the shop shortly after it opened, but earlier this week, having been invited along to a spin class, I had the chance to take a proper look and find out more.
Velofit stocks a wide range of bikes including lightweight children’s Frog bikes and Micro Scooters as well as accessories and clothing. However the heart of the shop is the cycle workshop run by bike enthusiasts all CYTECH trained offering a complete range of service and repair options.
Directors Steve Langford, Ian Gray and Rob Challice are all members of High Barnet Velo (HBV) cycling club. As local residents it seemed clear to them that High Barnet needed a good bike shop, something that could be a real asset to the local community, and somewhere where people would feel relaxed and encouraged to visit on a regular basis. This is what gave them the idea of including the spinning studio.
They approached Tarun Chadha (who already has various successful fitness studios in London) to come on board as a director and set up and run the spin studio. In the basement below the shop the Velofit Spinning Studio is equipped with state-of-the-art spin bikes designed for both regular keep-fit classes (Beginners and Beat) and also a new type of spinning class, Performance, where there is more analysis of your technique, so perfect for serious road cyclists.
Back to my trial class, I sensibly opted for the Beginners’ session and gave it a whirl (literally). The class was led by Alex who showed us how to use the bikes and took us through a 45-minute workout. I’m most definite not a gym bunny but, although my poor old legs struggled to keep up, I really enjoyed it, preferring something a bit more targeted and fun. With an atmosphere more like a nightclub, you cycle along to pumping music, varying the pace and exertion finishing with a range of stretches. Writing this the day after, amazingly my legs feel fine. They offer classes at convenient times, so, with Velofit just a few minutes walk away, my cycling should get easier and those wobbly thighs might become a thing of the past.
Shop opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 6pm
Sunday: 11am- 4pm
Single session: £9 (special introductory price)
Classes run every day (early morning, evening and weekends) and cater for all levels. They can be booked singly or in blocks. For current class times please check website.