Words with Weight: Sarah M

Our instructors share their favorite words to live by on and off the bike.

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”

So this quote is a little on the softer side of what usually catches my attention. I’m more of a tough love kind of person, but I really like this one for a few reasons.

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#HBSummerShare Finale! Congrats to All!

We hope all of your enjoy every minute of #HBSummerShare, we definitely did. Hopefully it has inspired you to challenge yourself and others to not only ride more but enjoy life as well. We want to thank you for sharing your summers with us! You have #RAISEDTHEBAR!

10 Weeks of Instagrams #HBSummerShare

10 Weeks of Instagram #HBSummerShare

Jess will be emailing all riders that rode 45 or more rides during the 10 weeks so you can pick up your #HBSummerShare towel. And now for the big reveal of the riders with the more rides!

The top three riders are…..

1. Caitlyn Kerrigan with 87 rides
2. Jaclyn Johnson with 85 rides
3. Katelyn Cunniff with 80 rides

Not only do these three riders win a #HBSummerShare towel but the Grand Prize Winner, Caitlyn Kerrigan, has won a complimentary unlimited month of free riding. The two runner up winners, Jaclyn Johnson and Katelyn Cunniff, have both won an entire week of unlimited riding. Congrats ladies!

#HBSummerShare Towels!

#HBSummerShare 2015 Towels!

Remember to ride every day like its Summer Share! Stay active, keep challenging yourself and take yourselves to new heights. You created and successfully committed to a summer with sharing.

10 Weeks of Twitter #HBSummerShare

10 Weeks of Twitter #HBSummerShare

Tweet us your favorite moments of this summers #HBSummerShare @the_handle_bar!

by amy frankenthaler

Farewell to the Rose of Southie!


A Farewell to our Rose

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It bittersweet to announce that Southie Manager Rose Paine is moving on from The HB. We are incredibly happy for her as she takes on new challenges in Portland, ME as a Nurse Practitioner!


Rose has been a Southie staple and loved member of the #HBFam since the opening of the first Handle Bar studio in South Boston (over two years ago). HB Founder, Jess was friends with Rose before The HB came to be, she knew Rose’s approach toward healthy living and her benevolent demeanor would make her a great addition to the early HB Team. Jess and Rose toured the Southie studio while it was under construction, and brainstormed the launch in the Broadway Dunkin’ Donuts (Starbucks wasn’t even there!) Now its time to say goodbye to Rose as an ‘official’ HB Team member, but she will forever be a part of the story and our lives. You’ll see her in the saddle when she visits us from Maine!

If you have visited our Southie studio, you have probably had the honor and privilege of getting to know her. We will miss her smile, her HB wisdom and presence in the studio. She maybe leaving the studio, but she will always be apart of our #HBFam and a valued friend.

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Rose, we wish you all the best in Portland. You know you always have a place and community in Boston and we will truly miss you. You are truly one of a kind and keep us all on our toes. You have accomplished so much while in Boston, we look forward to hearing about your new and wonderful accomplishments up in Portland. Please enjoy and embrace this wonderful next step in your journey…but expect some visitors! You’ll always have a saddle saved here at the HB.

-With SO Much Love,

The HB Fam & Brett

HB Summer Festival on Tour with Two Kick-Ass Rides: #HBonTour


Ride Details:

FENWAY- Kendrick Lamar & Drake Ride: 8/3/15 at 5:00PM + 6:00PM with ELISE

SOUTHIE- Charlie XCX & Lindsey Sterling Ride: 8/4/15 at 5:45PM with JESS


Kendrick Lamar and Drake Ride

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Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) hasn’t played Boston in a while, but has been active in the festival circuit the past year. He recently headlined at Bonnaroo this year and will be playing the Outside Lands (8/7-8/9) music festival in San Francisco. Drake (@Drake) needs far less introduction has he has become quite famous the past couple years. He’s dropped “If You’re Reading This Its Too Late” early in 2015 and has been on fire all year. Drake has a busy August and September he will be playing Festivals in Canada: OVO Fest (8/2-8/3) and The Squamish Valley Music Festival (8/7-8/9) and then….Music Midtown Festival in GA (9/18-9/19), Landmark Music Festival in DC (9/26), ACL Music Festival in Austin, TX (10/2) and Route 91 Musical Festival in Las Vegas (10/2-10/4). Both Kendrick Lamar and Drake are rap-tastic and we can not wait to see how Elise brings these two together!

Artists similar to Kendrick Lamar: J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Childish Gambino, Wiz Khalifa

Artists similar to Drake: The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z

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Charlie XCX and Lindsey Stirling Ride

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ess is bringing these two bad ass chicks together for an energy filled ride! You have definitely heard Charli XCX (@charli_xcx) if you have spun at The Handle Bar this Spring/Summer. Charli XCX was featured in Icona Pop’s ginormous hit “I Love It”. She’s about to go on a huge tour with the Bleachers with Jack Antonoff, they actually will be swinging by the House of Blues in Boston 9/14/2015! Lindsey Stirling (@lindseystirling) combines classical music with EDM, hip hop and probably more into just magic. You can catch Lindsey Stirling in a ton of festivals this August including Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco (8/7-8/9), The Billboard Hot 100 Musical Festival (8/22-8/23) in Jones Beach NY and some smaller venues in between.


Artists similar to Charlie XCX: Ellie Goulding, Grimes, Icona Pop, Sia, Purity Ring, Lana Del Ray

Artists similar to Lindsey Stirling: Skrillex, David Garrett, Escala, Taylor Davis, Audiomachine

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Have suggestions on where to take the #HBonTour? Tweet us @the_handle_bar and we’d love to hear where you would like to go on tour next!

by amy frankenthaler

Introducing HB Rider of the Month – Heather Martin

Heather Martin Rider of the Month

As an active member of our #HBFam, Heather is a true inspiration to everyone she meets. Not only does she embody the HB spirit, but she is killing #HBSummerShare this year…see some of her #HBSummerShare posts here. Heather has even started to document her own weight loss journey on inspiring Instagram account @Journey_to_fierceandfit. We totally recommend you follow her journey, Heather is doing amazing! As Cara described Heather she said “She rode her first double last month, and has just been kicking ass, always high energy in class and overall positive vibes in the studio.” That is some high praise from Cara! We are just so happy to award you Rider of the Month, Congrats Heather!
1.Everyone has their own unique fitness journey. Rumor has it you’ve even started your own fitness Instagram account? What has your journey been like with spinning?

I started spinning at The Handle Bar Fenway location in August 2014.  I loved the energy of the music and motivation from the instructors to push beyond my limits. In January 2015, I began my fitness journey and The Handle Bar team has been positive and supportive every step of the way. I started and have maintained to take at least five to six classes per week. My stamina, skills and confidence in my riding began to skyrocket and I couldn’t get enough of the high I felt in class!  During this time, I started to record my fitness journey and progress on my Instagram account, @Journey_to_fierceandfit.  I have connected with people from all over the country on fitness, wellness and weight loss. This community keeps me motivated and inspired to reach my fitness and nutrition goals.
2. Tell us an unknown fact about yourself.

I sang at Carnegie Hall, performing with my concert choir!
3.What did you do for fitness prior to joining the studio? Besides cycling, what other activities do you do to keep fit?

Prior to cycling, I was a competitive hip hop dancer. I discovered I would exercise if the workout was music driven which is why I became a committed Zumba girl. I have recently tried boxing classes and would like to continue with that a few times a month to mix my workouts up.  Training at The Handle Bar has made for an easy transition to be a road cyclist.  In the summer, I paddle board, kayak, and swim to get my tan and fitness on!
4. What other communities are you a part of in Boston? Social groups, volunteering, athletics, hobbies?

I have been able to raise awareness and contribute to various charitable organizations through running 5K road races. These events keep me on track with my fitness goals while helping others.
5. What goals has The Handle Bar helped you achieve?

Fitness/Weight Loss Goals: Since February, I have lost 30 pounds! I have improved my stamina, my mental attitude towards fitness, and to challenge myself to spin harder in every class.

Other Achievements: The HB has increased my self confidence, helped stay committed to a healthy lifestyle, and connect to a social group that makes fitness and self improvement a priority.
6. What’s your favorite way to end a long week?

First, a 6:00 PM ride at The Handle Bar Fenway to spin away the work week. Then dinner and drinks with friends at a restaurant that none of us have been to before. The goal of the group for the summer is to never to meet up at the same place twice!
7. What words do you live by?

“Believe you can and you are halfway there” – Teddy Roosevelt

Thank you Heather for letting us find out more about you and we will be sure to follow your journey on Instagram! Keep up the great work and we are inspired by you everyday.

Do you have someone you would like to nominate for Rider of the Month? Reach out to us, email, twitter (@the_handle_bar), Facebook message us and tell us why this person deserves the praise :-)

As always, see you in the saddle!

by amy frankenthaler

HB Summer Festival on Tour with TWO Bar Fights: #HBonTour


Ride Details:

FENWAY Chainsmokers and Misterwives BAR FIGHT: 7/23/2015 at 7:00PM with ALLIE + EVE

SOUTHIE Passion Pit and Broods BAR FIGHT: 7/23/2015 at 5:45PM with LENA + SARAH C


Chainsmokers and Misterwives Bar Fight

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We will be bringing the EDM style of The Chainsmokers (@thechainsmokers) to the Indie vibe of the MisterWives (@misterwives) together in this Bar Fight. You can not miss this! See below for both The Chainsmokers and MisterWives more popular hits to prepare for the Bar Fight. Allie and Eve are excited to show you how awesome these two bands are.The Chainsmokers are playing s couple HUGE Festivals this summer: Lollapalooza (8/2) and The Billboard Hot 100 Musical Festival (8/22-8/23) in Jones Beach NY. The MisterWives have a big Festival schedule coming up, they are playing Boston Calling (9/25-9/27), The Grassroots Music Festival (7/31-8/2) and Outside Lands (8/7-8/9).

Artists similar to Chainsmokers: Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Alesso, Galantis, Zedd, Tiesto, Avicii,

Artists similar to MisterWives: X Ambassadors, Zella Day, Halsey, Betty Who, Ryn Weaver

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Passion Pit and Broods Bar Fight

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This Bar Fight is RIGHT before the Passion Pit (@passionpit) and Broods sold out show at the Lawn on D! Pre-game this awesome show with Lena and Sarah C, we are so pumped for this Bar Fight and Show! We hope to see you at both! You can also catch the Broods (@broodsmusic) at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco (8/7-8/9) and Passion Pit will be playing some lower key venues the rest of the summer. We hope to see you at our pregame Bar Fight and at the Lawn on D July 23rd!

Artists similar to Passion Pit: Matt and Kim, MGMT, Foster The People, Vampire Weekend, Ra Ra Riot
Artists similar to Broods: Lorde, Banks, Betty Who, MS MR, Zella Day, Halsey, CHVRCHES, Milky Ekko

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Have suggestions on where to take the #HBonTour? Tweet us @the_handle_bar and we’d love to hear where you would like to go on tour next!

by amy frankenthaler