Along for the Ride

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Lead instructor Abbey Lam during a Rhythm Ride class | Photo by Rhythm Ride

Jump into the cycling saddle and get a full-body workout while grooving to the beat at Rhythm Ride.

By Jessie Dax-Setkus


Everyone knows that COVID-19 was hard on fitness companies—many did not survive the lockdown. However, Rhythm Ride got creative during the global pandemic, continuing to host spin classes by moving them outdoors into the fresh air.

Now that we have settled into our new normal, the cycling company has finally been able to bring its spin classes back indoors with a new location in Laguna Canyon that opened in August. And the business has not only survived, but thrived. Now offering infrared saunas and ice baths along with a rockin’ spin class, the local business has everything you need for fitness and recovery. We spoke with Stephanie Chapel, who owns the studio with her husband, Andrew, to get the lowdown on what Rhythm Ride is all about.


Laguna Beach Magazine: How did you get involved in spin?

Stephanie Chapel: I got involved with spin classes after playing college volleyball. … I wanted something to keep my competitive edge alive, but I didn’t want to get hurt. I was invited to a spin class and instantly felt challenged mentally and physically. I loved trying to keep up with the beat … while being energized by the music. … After training … to become an instructor, here I am 12 years later, still challenged and trying to master the skill.


What kind of workout does Rhythm Ride provide?

SC: We provide 45-minute cardio workouts. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, challenging but doable classes, and creating a community. … We want you to feel at home here and find refuge to “fill up” so you are able to “pour out” to your family, friends and loved ones.


What should a first-timer expect?

SC: Wear comfortable workout clothes [and] shoes, and bring water. … We are all about empowering riders to do what they can with what they have that day. Each person is going to be coached on proper form and be motivated to give their best effort. There are riders of every age and ability, so all are welcome.


How did the pandemic affect Rhythm Ride?

SC: In 2020, when the pandemic shut down gyms, … we didn’t know what we were going to do. So, we rented out our bikes and did virtual classes. … This model was not sustainable long term—however, it allowed us to cover our lease expense and various overhead [costs]. … It was definitely a challenging process.

We … [have] been riding outside for two years [on the patio at the former Another Kind cafe] with a limited capacity, labor-intensive setup and teardown everyday. … We found a new location and are excited to operate inside again, … at The Hive near the Sawdust [Art] Festival. … We are so excited to have brand-new bikes, a new sound system, new everything. It’s absolutely wonderful.


What do riders like about the class?

SC: Our riders love the community, energy and challenge of our classes. We connect to riders in a way that makes them feel part of the team. We love what we do and the intention is to focus on our clients and their needs.


What does the future hold for Rhythm Ride?

SC: We will continue to have the spin classes and we are [also] offering recovery aspects, like infrared sauna [and an] ice plunge … to help riders achieve their fitness goals. We believe in the balance of work/rest and are excited to offer these new elements to help our community stay fit and healthy.

Riding in Style

These spin essentials, found in nearby stores, are all you need to get started.


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Be the most stylish rider in lululemon’s ALIGN TANK TOP, which comes in 15 fashionable shades like poolside blue or pale raspberry, $68, at lululemon, Newport Beach. (949-644-9642;
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Carry all of your spin essentials in the fashionable SURF TRIP 40L CANVAS DUFFLE BAG, which is representative of Laguna’s artistic style, $54.95, at Rip Curl. (949-715-4885;
Ensure you are comfortable while you ride with the high-waisted WAVY DAZE BROWN LEGGING, made by a brand that started here in town and featuring a finish that is smooth as silk and great for movement while you work up a sweat, $98, available online at Goldsheep. (714-884-3668;
Towel off after conquering a challenging class with the WHIP CREAM TOWEL, which features a reverse weave so the colors are different on each side, $53.95, at Thalia Surf Shop. (949-497-3292;
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Give yourself some added comfort with the MEN’S MULTI AIR FLEX II CYCLING SHOES by Louis Garneau—this stretchable, slip-on option is also breathable to ensure your feet are less fatigued after class, $119.99, at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Laguna Hills. (949-472-8180;
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