New To RiDE?


No worries. We’ve got you. Here’s everything you need to know.


What to bring: A little grit, a can-do attitude, and your water bottle! That’s it. We supply the towel (you are going to SWEAT!) and provide cycling shoes (if you have your own, we do recommend that you bring them. LOOK and SPD cleats are okay).  


What to do: Come at least 10 minutes before class start time. We will help you get set up, help you clip into your bike, and give you the 101 about spin class. Bike set up is IMPORTANT! Don’t miss this part


What to say: Hi! Meet your bike neighbors. They are going to help you be awesome in class. And tell your instructor if you have any injuries or medical conditions that she/he should know about.  Our instructors are experts at suggesting modifications in the workout.


During class: Work hard, but play hard, too. Set some goals and crush them. But have fun! A good goal for newbies is to come out of class sweating AND smiling! Enjoy the ride.


After class: You did it! High-five your neighbor and congratulate yourself on taking your first spin class. Be sure to finish your bottle of water and refill. Soak in all those endorphins and buy a New RiDER Pack on your way out ($55 for 5 classes!) – you are going to be hooked!





Posted Mar 16, 2018 0 Comments

Tagged: March Health Fitness Cycling tribe motivation workout indoor cycling goals community

Women's History Month


The month of March is National Women’s History Month! Though in the Bay Area we like to celebrate women year-round, we’ve come up with some fun ways to enjoy this special month.

1) Admire the art of women!


Women in art are vulnerable, brave, and inspiring. Check out local women artists (and riders!) like Alexsandra Zee and Niki Waters and support them by talking about and buying their beautiful art!


You can also stop by a museum to honor the ladies in the art world. At the Oakland Museum of California, there are pieces by Dorothea Lange, Lucia Mathews, Joanne Leonard, Helen Nestor, and Margaret De Patta. If you venture into the city, The De Young has pieces by many females artists including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Kay sekimachi, while the MoMA houses pieces by women like Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Lee Krasner.


2) Eat like a woman!


The Bay Area is home to some of the best-rated restaurants, of which many of the head chefs are female. The following are just a few of the many top-rated restaurants in the Oakland area with females heading the kitchen:


  • Shakewell in Oakland, with head chef Jen Biesty
  • Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, with executive chef and owner Tanya Holland
  • Nido Kitchen and Bar in Oakland, with head chef Silvia McCollow
  • Oeste in Oakland, owned by Sandra Davis, Lea Redmon, and Anna Villalobos
  • Miss Ollie’s in Oakland, owned by Sarah Kirnon
  • Souley Vegan in Oakland, with chef & owner Tamearra Dyson
  • Drip Line in Oakland, with executive chef & partner Nora Dunning
  • Cosecha in Oakland, with chef & owner Dominica Rice Cisneros
  • The Cook and Her Farmer in Oakland, with chef & co-owner Romney Steele
  • Nyum Bai in Oakland, with chef & owner Nite Yun
  • Guerilla Cafe in Berkeley, with chef & co-owner Andrea Ali, co-owner Kobu Konte, and co-owner Rachel Konte
  • Chez Panisse in Berkeley, with executive chef and owner Alice Waters
  • Navi Kitchen in Emeryville, owned by Preeti Mistry


3) Attend a show dedicated to Women’s History!


Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center in Berkeley is hosting the Maestra Series including concerts, dance shows, and film screenings that are female-centric.


Or, head to the African American Museum Library of Oakland to attend events centered around important women, including their “Honor the Women” event on March 24th from 2:00-4: 00 pm.

4) Exercise like a woman!

And lastly, get your butt down to RiDE OAKLAND, a woman-owned business, and take a class from one of the many female teachers that we have here. You can also check out Game Changer Fitness, Balanced Fitness for Moms, Left Coast Power Yoga, Core Society, Dailey Method, Bold, and Flying Yoga - just some of the AMAZING local fitness studios also owned by women!



Posted Mar 9, 2018 0 Comments

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The RiDE List!


There are so many things that can go into your workout preparation. Are you hydrated? Are your shoes comfy? Do you have a rockin' playlist set up to help you get to that next level? Well, we've got you covered with the RiDE List. Here are 25 tunes in no particular order to help get your adrenaline pumping. You can also check out The List on our RiDE Spotify page!


1. Tell Me When to Go- E-40, Keak Da Sneak

2. New World (Feat. Taylor Bennett) - Krewella & Yellow Claw

3. Humble. (Skrillex remix)- Kendrick Lamar

4. Tsunami- DVBBS & Borgeous

5. Light It Up (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG)- Major Laser

6. Feels Good- Tony! Toni! Tone!

7.  So What- P!nk

8. 'Till I Collapse- Eminem

9. Thunder- Imagine Dragons

10. Numb/ Encore - Jay Z, Linkin Park

11. Locust- Machine Head

12. No Limit- G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B

13. Beast- Onderkoffer      

14. Push It (feat. Pusha T)- iSHi

15. Enter Sandman- Metallica

16. Plain Jane- A$AP Fergie, Nicki Minaj

17. All the Stars (with Sza)- Kendrick Lamar & Sza

18. The Humpty Dance- Digital Underground

19. Feel Invincible- Skillet

20. Unforgettable ( Major Lazor Remix)- French Montana, Swai Lee, Major Lazor

21. Don't Let it Get You Down- Johnnyswim

22. Get Loud For Me- Gizzle

23. American Idiot- Green Day

24. Waar (feat. Munga)- DJ Buddha, Munga

25. Run the World (Girls)- Beyonce

Call out the tunes that you’re working out to this month!

Posted Feb 16, 2018 0 Comments

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RiDING With Friends


Friend-time is the best. We know it. You know it. There’s nothing better than sharing a laugh. A recent night out with our besties reminded us of just that, so we got to thinking about how we can make that happen at RiDE.


We came up with this idea: for each friend that is a new RiDEr, who books two classes (one free and one more) using your unique link (found in the MY ACCOUNT section), you get $20 in your account to spend on anything at RiDE.


It turns out it’s good for you and them. Here’s how:


Establish a Routine

It takes 21 days to start a new habit, so why not create a routine with someone you enjoy spending time with! Establishing a routine by yourself can be easy to lose sight of, but establishing a routine with a friend makes you more likely to stick to your commitment.


Demonstrate Accountability

A friend will hold you accountable for your plans to ride together. It’s easy to tell yourself you’ll go another time when you don’t have a friend you’ve committed to, but if there is a friend waiting for you to show up to class, you’re far less likely to send a last minute “Rain Check” text.


Work Harder

Let’s be honest: our friends know us really well, sometimes better than we know ourselves. If we are cycling alone, we can get into a bad habit of not pushing ourselves to the best of our abilities. That’s where our friends step in. They know what we are capable of, so they can push us harder than we push ourselves. Interestingly enough, if you’re cycling with a friend, an innate competitive nature will reveal itself and cause you both to work harder than you would alone.


Make It Fun

Just like going out for drinks is more fun with friends, working out is more exciting when you have a friend by your side. Bring your friend to class today, and you both will feel better tomorrow.





Posted Feb 9, 2018 0 Comments

Tagged: friends February teamwork routine motivation life fun community accountability RiDE Oakland Health Fitness

Garlic, Olive Oil and Parmesan Pasta


Looking for a quick (less than 30 minutes), healthy and delicious recipe? Here is one of my favorite dishes – Garlic, Olive Oil and Parmesan Pasta!  I make this dish at least once a week! My girls (and I) love it!


Garlic, Olive Oil, and Parmesan Pasta


(adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Pasta with Garlic and Oil)


1-pound of spaghetti or linguine

2 tablespoons of sea salt flakes

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup minced garlic, from 12 medium cloves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2-cup Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated




1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, set large heatproof serving bowl on rack and heat oven to 200 degrees.


2. Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil, covered, in large Dutch oven or stockpot. Add pasta and 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt to boiling water, stir to separate pasta, cover, and cook until al dente; reserve 1/3-cup pasta cooking water and drain pasta.


3. While water is heating, combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes in heavy-bottomed nonstick 10-inch skillet; cook over low heat, constantly stirring, until garlic foams and is sticky and straw-colored, 10 to 12 minutes. Off heat, add remaining tablespoon raw garlic, parsley, lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons pasta cooking water to the skillet and stir well to keep garlic from clumping.


4. Transfer drained pasta to warm serving bowl; add remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and remaining reserved pasta cooking water and toss to coat. Add garlic mixture and 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes to pasta; add Parmesan and toss well to combine. Serve immediately.


Serves 4-6


Donna Ricketts, MPH

Health Educator - Health Coach


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Posted Feb 2, 2018 0 Comments

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