The Terry Team Shares Spinning Tips & Recommendations for the Best Indoor Cycling Clothes – Updated for 2021
We’ve updated this article, first posted in October 2018, to reflect new additions to the Terry line for 2021. We hope you’ll agree that our new Studio collection & Rebel Short represent the best indoor cycling gear available.
Here at Terry headquarters in Vermont, we brace ourselves every fall for the cold, cold weather to come, knowing that in a few short weeks only the very hardiest among us will still be cycling outdoors.
That’s where indoor cycling comes in – it’s perfect for staying in shape during the off-season, enjoying the physical and mental benefits of cycling without having to deal with winter roads and freezing temps.
Some of the Terry team actually include indoor cycling in their workout routines year round, others just for the winter months. Naturally, we all have plenty of Terry pieces among our favorite indoor cycling clothes.
If you are looking to add spinning or indoor cycling to your own workout program, here are some great tips and recommendations for the best indoor cycling clothes to help you get started.
New for 2021: Terry Rebel Short – cycling shorts optimized for riding in high heat conditions.
Super lightweight, with stylish, playful accents doing double duty as ventilation – the Rebel Short is a great choice for staying cool while looking hot! The Rebel features Terry’s lightest weight Flex Air Lite chamois with soft wings for great comfort on and off the bike.
Terry Studio Capri and Studio Top – our best indoor cycling gear for demanding riders.
We designed the Studio line to help you look great, feel great and rock the ride in greater comfort!
We selected fabrics to meet the demands of riders pushing themselves though high intensity workouts in hot and humid indoor cycling conditions. The high compression fabric is supportive and aids performance, yet still feels amazing against the skin. Soft mesh panels help with good ventilation in key areas, cut and fit are optimized for comfort and flattering looks.
The Studio Capri introduces an innovative new chamois pad – the Reticulated Chamois. Padded bike capris are already an essential for regular indoor cyclists. The new Reticulated raises the bar with thinner, lighter padding that offers greater breathability – ideal for indoor cycling. It includes Terry’s soft-wing chamois construction for outstanding comfort, and has the antimicrobial properties frequent riders depend on.
NEW FOR 2021 – The Studio Top now features two convenient rear pockets for authentic cycling jersey utility.
Kelly, Terry friend and relation – Favorite Indoor Cycling Gear: Breakaway Short
I’ve just started wearing cycling shorts from Terry. I tried a few options and decided on the Breakaway Short. The style and the light padding were perfect for my needs. I tie my hair back, pair my shorts with an easy tee, and of course I clip my shoes in for a more efficient work out.
Cam, Customer Service – Best Indoor Cycling Shorts: Terry Peloton Short
I wear the Peloton TDF Short almost daily while using my spin bike at home. I love how soft the fabric and waistband are. This style is great for riding in a seated position as well as standing. The Peloton is easy to just throw on for a quick work out – there’s no need to shift and shimmy into a high compression fit.
I think this short is an especially good option for some of our older spinners who might want a little more padding.
Serena W, Sales – Favorite Spin Shorts: Chill 7 Shorts
I go to the spin classes at Synergy Fitness, in Williston, VT. I love the workouts, but the great thing about spin is it’s always your ride – you can exert the amount of effort you want!
My top tips for spin class
- I recommend you buy Spinning shoes that clip in to the pedals.
- Try a few different classes and instructors…every class/instructor is different and you may like one instructors style/music better than another’s!
- Drink LOTS of water!
My recommendations for best indoor cycling clothes are the Terry Chill 7 Short and Tourista Tank. I like the light weight fabric of the tank (I sweat a lot) and I don’t like having sleeves on during spin classes.
- The Chill shorts provide nice compression with one of our best chamois that make riding comfortable!
- If you want a minimalist chamois the Club short is great with a pocket for your locker key or cash for a smoothie after class.
- Some ladies like to wear capri length bottoms. If that’s you, check out our Terry Spinnaker, with a minimal chamois, or wait for the NEW Studio Capri for 2019 with mesh leg panels for breathability.
Dave H., Sales – Recommended Indoor Cycling Top: Soleil Sleeveless
I spin at Synergy Health and Fitness in Williston, VT, as a way to stay strong and fit on my bike throughout the winter months.
Synergy is my health club of choice for a few reasons:
- Excellent Instructors including Tom, Sarah, Annie and Chip.
- A variety of Terry Saddles (both men’s and women’s) are available on the spin bikes for comfort and support.
- Tremendous atmosphere and music.
Some of the female spin instructors wear Terry cycling apparel. I recommend these Terry pieces as the best indoor cycling clothes too:
Alysia C., Graphic Designer – Favorite Spinning Bottoms: Holster Capri
I spin at Marketplace Fitness, in Burlington, VT. It’s not a hardcore spinning studio, but it’s a good price with good teachers.
I like the moderate compression fabric of the Terry Holster Capri over the high compression of the Prima or Studio. I prefer the capri length because the gym is chilly in the winter, and the Holster’s comfy chamois helps to make the low quality saddles at the gym feel better.
- The great thing about spinning is that you can make it as hard or easy as you want. This makes it perfect for all fitness levels, and keeps it interesting year after year.
- It also doesn’t require fancy gear but having a chamois is one upgrade I highly recommend. I never wore one until working at Terry and now I won’t go back.
- If you fall in love with spinning having a pair of clipless shoes is also a nice upgrade.
Melissa S, Accounting – Favorite Indoor Cycling Tops: Tech Tees
I have very little cartilage remaining in my left knee. In order to keep the muscles around my knee strong, my doctor recommended a variety of exercises including cycling. So I have been putting a trainer on my Terry Symmetry bicycle for these Vermont winters. (I bought a CycleOps brand and love it.)
I try to get in 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity spinning while watching the evening news (OK – sometimes watching HGTV). If the house is cold, I usually wear my Terry Coolweather tights and a long-sleeve Tech Tee. If not, it’s usually my Terry Bella shorts and a short-sleeve Tech Tee.
I like these items for the same reason I like wearing them when riding outside – the material feels great, very comfortable, and the Tech Tee does a good job of keeping my skin dry.
Check out our full selection of Terry Tech Tees here.
Alexis H., Product Design – Favorite Spin Top: Soleil Sleeveless
I spin at least once a week at Rev, a spin club in South Burlington, VT. I like the music, and I love that you burn a ton of calories – three times as many as you would riding a bike outside – LOL!