#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

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

#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

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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 ODESZA #HBonTour

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Ride Details:
FENWAY Odesza Ride: 7/15/2015 at 5:00PM with SARAH C
SOUTHIE Odesza Ride: 7/17/2015 at 5:45PM with SARAH C

Odesza Album Cover for 'In Return'

Odesza (@odesza) was just recently in town at the House of Blues (HoB), but in case you missed them, they will be back at the HoB on November 14th! If you’d like to hear them sooner grab a saddle this week with Sarah C! Just to get you up to speed on Odesza’s music, some of their more popular songs are: “Say My Name (feat Zyra)”, “Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant)” and “All We Need (feat. Shy Girls).” See the Spotify playlist below to for just a small taste of their amazing music and to get you pumped for the rides.

Fun Fact: Odesza was formed in 2012 (only 3 years ago) at Western Washington University in Seattle, WA

Similar Artists:  Flume, Banks, Purity Ring, Glass Animals, Broods, Kygo

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Have suggestions on where to take the #HBonTour? Liking the tour so far? Let us know! Tweet us @the_handle_bar and we’d love to hear your input and awesome ideas!

Odesza

by amy frankenthaler

OFFICIAL KICK OFF – HB Summer Festival Rides – #HBontour

Introducing The Handle Bar’s Summer Festival on Tour Series! We will highlight a Themed Ride/Bar Fight a week ahead of time to provide you with details on where, when and details about the artist(s). All summer long we’re paying homage to our favorite artists on this year’s festival ‘circuit’. These are the names and groups you might see on the 2015 lineups at shows like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Austin City Limits, and even Boston Calling!

Cara is starting out the series with a Sam Smith ride… originals, remixes and mashups featuring the artist will get you moving. Join Cara for the first stop on the HB Summer Festival Circuit: Thursday 7/2 at 5pm in FENWAY – SAM SMITH RIDE.

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Next Ride Details:

Monday 7/6/2015 at 7:00PM with Candice in SOUTHIE

Album 'To Pimp a Butterfly' by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) hasn’t played Boston in a while, but has been active in the festival circuit the past year. He received headlined at Bonnaroo this year and will be playing the OUTSIDE LANDS music festival in San Francisco Short in August. Candice’s ride could be the Kendrick Lamar festival experience you have been looking for! We’d like to welcome you to the first HB Summer Festival on Tour Ride starring Kendrick Lamar!

Just to get you up to speed, some of their more popular songs are: “King Kunta”, “Alright” and “m.A.A.d city.” Please refer to the embedded Spotify playlist below to for just a small taste of their amazing music and to get you pumped for this ride.

Similar Artists: J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Childish Gambino, Wiz Khalifa

See him star in Taylor Swifts “Bad Blood”:

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by amy frankenthaler

Artists to watch – Spring 2014

One of the most crucial components of a successful, rejuvenating workout is the music you listen to. The right kind of music can release endorphins, adrenaline, and even increase your heart rate to keep you in the headspace to push through your workout. Any workout fanatic knows that there is nothing worse than a ‘stale’ playlist where you find yourself hitting “next, next, next” until you finally just settle for a song. No worse way to lose time and momentum! At The Handle Bar, we’re constantly aiming to mix up our playlists and keep you motivated and entertained. We thought it would be fun to highlight some new artists who might just be making waves (and riding them) into the 2014 Spring.

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Schoolboy Q – After signing his first major label with Interscope Records in 2011 he released his first independent album entitled Setbacks. After reaching number 100 on the US Billboard 200 chart, he is now said to release an album in 2014. With remixes of old songs, his own originals, and collaborations with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, his music is a combination of Rap and up-beat tempos. Definitely good for that fast jog in 3!

Sam Smith – This British artist began his rise to fame in October of 2012. You may not have heard a lot from him this year, but you can expect to hear a bunch in 2014. With songs similar to his most well- known single “Latch” you can be sure to stay motivated with this music playing through your headphones. He is scheduled to release his first studio album with Capitol Records entitled In The Lonely Hour on May 26th, 2014. This album will features you may have already heard, including “La La La” and “Money on my Mind.”sam smith

Azalia Banks – This 22 year old New York native and graduate of La Guardia High School of Performing Arts has released on twitter that she is going to leak her new album on April 15th of this year. You may have heard her song ‘212’ in “The Heat” starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, but that certainly won’t be all. This album entitled Broke with Expensive Taste will be the debut album for this young artist.

azaleaFKA Twigs – This UK native has been described as, “The UK’s best example to date of ethereal, twisted R&B.” After releasing her second EP on “Young Turks” on September 10th 2013, she is definitely one of the front-runners on the “artists-to-watch” list for 2014. This British ballet dancer-turned-musician fuses hip-hop and techno to create her darkly themed yet catchy tunes.

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Rich Homie Quan – Not quite a household name yet, however this hip-hop artist has been on the rise since 2012. His most popular single “Still Goin’ In” in 2013 spring-boarded him to work with well-known artists on their singles such as YG’s “My Ni—a.” His debut album doqes not have a set release date but is said to be about 30% done at this point in time.

Check out some tracks by these artists-to-watch and let us know who you have your eye on this season. We’re ALWAYS taking requests. See you in the saddle!