Chained To The Rhythm: 17 Favorites! 396

Inspiration: Looking back at 2017 this last week of December is pretty cliche, but why not!
Here are some notable stats and events from THE RIDE INSIDE: 2017 Edition. Thanks for your contributions this and past years…and for the years ahead.

Over 50 posts in all this year, 45 of them playlists ranging from 45 minutes to 90 minutes each.

Late this year I started a monthly feature guest post…which has been a great way to connect with other studio cycling instructors here in west Michigan and in other parts of the world: Allison W (Texas), Brent L (Illinois), Katy M (Alaska). I hope to add twelve more of these features in 2018.

Sadly, three tribute ride posts this year, in memory of artists that passed: Tom Petty, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Malcolm Young (AC/DC). In The End, was one of the most popular mixes of the year…100% Linkin Park tracks!

I managed to visit a few other studios here in the midwest…5 in all: A 3rd trip to Flywheel in Chicago (Old Town neighborhood studio last January), first time visit to Live Cycle Delight in one of Detroit’s revival communities…The West Village, Studio 3 in Chicago (Gold Cost area) which is also a Peloton-affiliated studio (in case you missed it…Peloton has dominated the headlines and advertising for the indoor cycling / fitness industry this year!), InCycle situated in the heart of Indy suburb Carmel, and last one, also just a 7 minute drive from home, the growing franchise boutique fitness brand…The Dailey Method (Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood).

In 2017, Indoor Cycling has continued to take center stage in mainstream american life style. Have you noticed all the images of indoor cycling in the news, commercials, celebrity features and other media? Posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest are more common than ever.

Spotify is a priceless companion for me and my classes!

As for this WordPress-hosted blog / website…here are some stats for the year:
Over 95,000 views…nearly 19,000 visitors…about 140 likes / comments. Over 500,000 views since I started this blog about 5 years ago.

Top viewed posts (all with 1K or more views): Glorious 371, Whatever It Takes 373, Not Giving In 379, Sweat 372, We Got The Power 365, and Move Your Body 353.

Top referrers: Facebook, Pinterest, (thanks Cynthia!), and (thanks for the posted feature!).

Top clicks: iTunes,, handlebarcycling, thedancingrunner (Hey Chelsea…you rock!), and chrispins (you too Chris!).

Viewers from around the world: USA (Strong #1), Canada (closest neighbor & distant 2nd), UK, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Australia.

Top search terms: for the ride inside (the obvious one), spinning profiles, steve spins (close to my original site name…steve:spin:list).

That’s enough about the stats and recap of posts. Here’s my last ride playlist for 2017. I put this 60m mix together from the biggest hitters on SPOTIFY’s YOUR TOP SONGS 2017 playlist. A link to the full 6 hour playlist is here. The Spotify link to the 1 hour ride mix is below…ENJOY THE RIDE!
Genre: Alternative, EDM, Pop, Rock.
Approximate time: 59 minutes
SPINlist and Summary Profile:
Warm up – Chained To The Rhythm / Katy Perry
Seated / Standing Flat – Get Low / Zedd with Liam Payne
Seated / Standing Climb – Walk On Water / Thirty Seconds To Mars
Running with Resistance – So Tied Up / Cold War Kids
Jumps – How Long / Charlie Puth
Seated / Standing Hill – Glorious / Macklemore with Skylar Grey
Jumps on a Hill – Passionfruit / Drake
Standing Climb – Ride / ZZ Ward with Gary Clark
Seated Climb – Damn / Sultan+Shepard
Power Climb – Champion / Fall Out Boy
Quick Seated Flat – The Way You Used To Do / Queens of the Stone Age
Jumps on a Hill (part 2) – Thunder / Imagine Dragons
Seated / Standing Flat – What About Us (Tiesto Remix) / P!nk
Running with Resistance – There’s Nothing Holding Me Back (Remix) / Shawn Mendes
Final Climb – We Are Legends / Hardwell +
Finishing Sprints – Nice2KnoU / All Time Low
Cool down & Stretch – Hit Me Back / Jacob Sartorius with blackbear

On Spotify:

On YouTube:

SPin the News:

…and this Wall Street Journal article published in early 2017:

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