The Joyresistance Scale And Using Resistance To Maximize Your JoyRide

At JoyRide, we use resistance to ensure our riders become stronger, both on and off the bike. During your JoyRide, you won’t use monitors or screens, rather our own JoyResistance Scale with levels numbered 1-10. These levels pertain to how riders feel, and how hard their legs are pushing on the pedals.


Check out a video with Co-Founder and Lead Instructor, Rhodie Lorenz here, produced by RT Picture Works 

JoyResistance Scale 

Levels 1-4: There is basically no resistance on the flywheel. During a JoyRide, a rider would never have their resistance this low, as it’s unsafe and could lead to injury.

Level 5: Your legs should move at a quick and controlled pace. You should feel as though you are riding into a strong head wind, and you could continue cycling for quite awhile.

Level 6: Your legs should feel as though they are climbing a light-to-moderate hill. You have to push the pedals harder, and it is more difficult to turn them. You will begin to feel some breathlessness.

Level 7: You should feel like you are pedaling through thick mud and a steep incline. You are experiencing a challenging uphill climb. 

Level 8: You will feel like you are on a very steep hill. It is difficult to turn the pedals. Even more challenging to breathe!

Levels 9-10: You are at the steepest part of a hill and it might seem nearly impossible to turn the pedals over. But you got this!