In late June, I was graciously invited to visit Tandem Cycle by its founder and owner Maryclaire Pennotti. Tandem Cycle (http://www.tandemcycle.com) opened its doors in late March 2015 in Manasquan, NJ, a vibrant NJ Shore community of Monmouth County. The studio is easily accessible from East Main Street (as well as the Garden State Parkway, Route 35 & Route 71) and is in close proximity to the NJ Transit Manasquan station. The studio is surrounded by several eateries and specialty retail shops, with free parking near the studio’s entrance as well as on adjacent streets (Warren Av., Euclid Av.). The studio space was modernized and renovated, offering numerous amenities such as changing rooms/lockers, a retail mini store, storage cubbies, dedicated reception and a large waiting area.
Maryclaire founded Tandem Cycle after a career in pediatric nursing. With no nearby studios and a passion for indoor cycling from previously attending classes in New York, Maryclaire created Tandem Cycle with the “goal to better ourselves and the world around us”. According to Maryclaire, “each time you get on a bike, you provide school children from every corner of America with the opportunity for a better education. The more you ride, the more you provide. Public school teachers across America post classroom project requests through DonorsChoose. Every ride at Tandem Cycle will help fund a selected project. You have the potential to provide public school children in all 50 states with the tools and experience needed for an excellent education.”
Tandem Cycle focuses exclusively on indoor cycling, with several classes offered per week. There are 20 Schwinn AC Performance bikes without the traditional cages . That means you can bring your own cycling shoes or rent ones for the duration of the class ($2 fee). These bikes are SPD and Look compatible offering a very smooth ride with the patented Carbon Blue drive train. The instructor’s bike is elevated on a platform and is in front of a mirrored wall. Reservations can be directly made using the studio’s website (https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=197459). The interface is provided by Mind & Body software and is easy to use on a desktop or mobile device. Tandem Cycle offers a variety of class types with the most common class duration being 45minutes. Prices start at $20 per class with discounts offered for students and multi-class purchases. The “20 class package”, at $350, is the most cost effective, in addition, unique 3-month packages are offered such as “Shedding for the wedding” at $375 and “Baby bounceback” at $375 as well.
For Summer 2015, Tandem Cycle is offering a very aggressive package for new clients, an unlimited 30-day ride package for $100. With shore traffic increasing during the summer months, this deal will generate enough new riders who will likely become regulars.
- Shoe rental for $2
- Purified water cooler with Tandem Cycle water bottles available for purchase. Maryclaire noted that to remain environmentally friendly, the studio does not sell plastic water bottles.
- Towels, ear plugs and wipes are available
- Storage cubbies are available but no showers.
- Abundant parking and easy access.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tandem-Cycle/351317321735007
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/tandemcycle
- Website: http://www.tandem-cycle.com
- Address: 233 E Main St, Unit 8, Manasquan, NJ 08736
- Phone number: (732) 223-3206
Tandem Cycle provides a modern indoor cycling facility with a cutting edge bike platform, the Schwinn AC Performance, in an area that has the demographic to sustain the business model. Maryclaire’s story is inspiring – it epitomizes the determination of small business owners who pursue their dreams through hard work, persistence and a vision that drives ultimate success. Tandem Cycle’s mission is empowering and uplifting – to go above and beyond – “to help ride for yourself. ride for others. ride tandem.”
images courtesy of Tandem Cycle