How Does Your Cycling Studio Position Their Bikes?


Cycling studios are like most other business in that different owners do things their own way. You can clearly see this in the way studios arrange their bikes. There is no right or wrong way to do it. However, there are definite reasons studios choose the arrangements they do.

This post will discuss three different ways to position bikes:

  • Straight rows
  • Staggered rows
  • Circle arrangement.

Each method has its pros and cons. It should be pointed out that studios have been forced to rethink bike positioning in light of the coronavirus crisis. That is probably the biggest concern right now.


  • 1. Straight Rows


The straight row arrangement is typical for large health clubs and gyms. It is chosen primarily to make maximum use of floor space, according to Salt Lake City’s Mcycle studio. Straight rows represent the most efficient use of space in any studio or gym.

Maximizing floor space means maximizing revenue. Of course, that is dependent on putting a rider on every bike for every class. If a straight row arrangement makes students uncomfortable, it might be self-defeating. Studios are not maximizing revenues by leaving seats empty.

Another downside of straight rows is that it blocks views. Instructors cannot clearly see all of their students and vice-versa. Those students in the back row have the worst view of all.


  • 2. Staggered Rows


Staggered rows rely on the same principle as straight rows but with one twist: each row is offset from the one in front. By staggering them back and forth with each successive row, you create better views for both cyclists and instructors.

This arrangement also utilizes floor space efficiently. However, you do lose one or two spaces on the end of each row. If you have five rows of bikes, you could lose between five and 10 positions.

Proponents of both arrangements also have to consider extra space beyond the bikes. In other words, riders need space to stretch before and after rides. Utilizing straight or staggered rows in order to maximize floor space does not mitigate this need. So if a cycling room is packed with cycles from end-to-end, there may not be enough room for stretching.


  • 3. Circle Arrangement


The circle arrangement is the least efficient in terms of floor space. However, it does maximize views, which is important to some instructors. The circle arrangement allows instructors to see every rider clearly throughout the entire class. Instructors can more closely watch individual riders for safety issues this way.

This arrangement is also more amenable to some riders. They feel less structured in a circle. Thus, they may be more inclined to treat a cycling class as a social experience along with being great exercise.

Circular arrangements offer stretching space in the middle of the circle. Depending on the size of the room, extra space on the perimeter can also be used for stretching and socializing. This is appealing to some instructors.


  • Arranging According to Goals


Again, there is no right or wrong way to arrange cycles in a studio or gym. Owners and managers arrange cycles according to their goals. That’s fine. As a customer, you have to decide what kind of environment suits you best. Maybe you are a straight rows kind of person. Perhaps you prefer a circular arrangement.

If all else fails, there are some studios that arrange their bikes in a manner that appears to be totally random. They just space them out and position them wherever it feels natural. That may become the norm in the coronavirus era. At any rate, it is yet another option.