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Gallery: Sportsbarn invests $250,000 in spinning bikes in ongoing effort to keep current +2 more photos Sportsbarn just spent $250,000 on new, high-tech exercise bikes for its three locations. The investment is just one example of Sportsbarn's strategy to keep up-to-date and allow the locally-owned fitness center to adapt and thrive since it first opened in downtown Chattanooga in 1979 as a racquetball facility, according to Don Bowman, Sportsbarn's marketing director. That's an anomaly, he said, since health and fitness clubs typically don't last that long. "That's unheard of in this industry. Chains last a decade," Bowman said. "We stay on the cutting edge." The new exercise bikes for spinning class are Spinner-brand Blade Ion bikes that offer real-time performance tracking via flat-screen TV. Riders can see how they're doing and compare their performance with others in the class. "For Chattanooga, it's way ahead of its time," Bowman said. The high-tech spinning bikes are the type found in such big cities as Atlanta and New York City, he said. The new exercise bikes have been installed in a spinning studio in the downtown Sportsbarn, and Bowman said they're due to be installed in the next week in the Hixson Sportsbarn, ...

News source: Times Free Press

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