NEW ALBANY, In. (WDRB) -- A Southern Indiana high school teacher has opened an indoor training center for cyclists and it's a place to stay in shape during the upcoming cold winter months.
Tim Harbison has been riding bikes since he was kid. "It's fun to ride your bike, it's great exercise," he says.
He recently opened VeloLab in what was a vacant building at 227 West 7th Street in downtown New Albany.
"When a rider comes in and is tested, their workout will be adjusted to their personal fitness level," explains Harbison.
He says the indoor training center will not only serve the serious bikers and tri athletes, but also serve the people who ride bikes for fun and moderate exercise.
Customers will be able to hook into an electronic training system with their own bikes that they can bring to the facility.
"The beauty of our system," says Harbison, "is that you get to train on your own bike."
He says his customers can measure their progress without having to purchase their own expensive systems to use at home.
With winter just around the corner and the temperatures dropping, Harbison believes his new business will be a place to work out away from the cold and snow.
"Hopefully recreational cyclists will find this is a way to keep their conditioning when it's too awful to ride outside," he says.
Harbison will continue his day job as a Latin teacher at Floyd Central High but is optimistic his business will be successful because of the growing popularity of cycling across the community and in the Louisville area.
"It's a great workout to get out on your bike," he says, "I think we are going to see more people commute to work as the city becomes more bicycle friendly."
The name VeloLab comes from the French word, vela, which means bicycle.
His business will be open evenings and on Saturday afternoons leaving him time for his teaching job.
Harbison says you can make reservations on his Facebook page to work out at VeloLab.
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