Spinning at the Oval, unlucky bike number 13.

I left work early to get to Louise,s 5.15 class at the Oval. The water bottle was filled and next thing is to get a bike under the AirCon. No problem this week ones already set up roughly to my prefered setting, Number 13. 
I’m just warming up and decide the seat height needs to go up another centimetre or two. this is where it starts to get interesting. The Preccor bikes in the Oval are fitted with toeclips on one side of the peddle and Shimano SPD clippless mechanisms on the otherside.

I spin using mountain bike shoes fitted with Shimano SPD cleats. They increase your peddling efficiency as you can pull up with leg on the upstroke of the cycle. Trust me they work. You clip in with a mettalic click and twist your foot to remove your foot from the pedal. Thats the theory.
As I tried to get off the bike to adjust the seat height nothing  happened to the cleat on my left leg. It just turned but refused to unclip. Not the end of the world I thought, I’ll sort it out at the end of the class. The class went as it usually does, well.  No HRM for this one I just had to let my body tell how hard I was pushing.

It was all OK untill I got to the cool down and stretching, the ones on the bike were done fine, it was the ones off the bike I had a problem with. My foot was stuck to the pedal. I had to remove my foot from the shoe to get off the bike. The shoe is still stuck to the pedal and I’m trying to twist the shoe off the pedal.

Needless to say this causes great amusement to the class and especially to the girl who was riding behind me, she wasn’t far off crying with laughter. Anyway I do the final stretch with one shoe on one foot and a sock on the other.

Luckily I was able to prise the cleat out of the clip with the screwdivers the Oval staff had managed to procur. One of the two screws was missing, causing the cleat to swivel on the sole of the shoe. And so ended an amusing incident.

In the words of the Govenor of California ” I’ll be back”, with new cleats.

Barbara,s Spinning Classes at WestKirby

I spoke to Barbara after the Wednesday class at the Oval about this site and the Google ranking. Her main classes are at WestKirby Concourse and are as follows.

Monday 09.30-10.15 & 18.00-18.45
Tuesday 09.30-10.15 & 18.30-19.15
Wednesday 18.15 – 19.00
Thursday 18.15-19.00
Friday 18.30-19.15
Sunday 17.30-18.15

Location: West Kirby Concourse
Booking necessary 0151 929 7801 7 days in advance from 09.15

Invigor8 customers can book 8 days in advance. Revolutions is a static cycle based exercise class (previously known as spinning). It is a “high impact” session suitable for those who are used to regular moderate to intense exercise. Invigor8 customers can book 8 days in advance.

I haven’t tried West Kirby yet but I must remember to take a towel next time.


I’ve been doing spinning classes for a couple of months now to improve my cycling.
The turbo trainer has proved to be the worlds most expensive bike stand, it might get used if the snow is so deep that I can’t get to a spinning class.

All I can say is these classes work, I had a fear of hills that meant I would avoid them at all cost. They have allowed me to find out what my limits are and operate near them without a fear of keeling over.

Comments welcome.

Music to Spin to.

Part of the attraction of the spinning classes is the music. There isn’t much 70,s rock and there is a lot out there that is never going to motivate you during class but this one does it for me.
Just great for a sprint.

Sandstorm by Darude

A search on Google will show lots of kids dancing to it in their bedrooms, the original video features a chase scene. Anyway you can really bury yourself in/to it.

Thought I would update this post so I’ve added:

Gamemaster by Paul Oakenfold

Ready Steady Go also by Paul Oakenfold

Faster Kill Pussycat again by Paul Oakenfold.