Indoor Bike etiquette

I am traveling a lot next week for work and I have 8 hours worth of TR rides scheduled(one is a long 5 hour ride). On a treadmill the rule of thumb is typically no more than 1 hour if it is a small hotel exercise room. I can’t find a good photo online, but it looks like the hotel fitness room is quite large and will have many machines.

My question, Is it considered poor form to stay on the bike for 2 or 3 hours at a time if it is a larger fitness facility?

I’ve never been in a hotel where there are people waiting around to use bikes/treadmills…as long as you look like you are doing a workout I don’t think anyone will mind. They’ll be more annoyed with the person next to you who is riding at 25W and watching TV and reading a magazine :stuck_out_tongue:


I’ve done a 2 hour session in a relatively large hotel gym that had 3 exercise bikes. I wore my cycling gear including spd shoes, put in ear buds with music, towels on the bars and rode quite focused. Perhaps at times when all 3 bikes were being used someone looked over (I’m not sure), but no one came over and said anything. I timed it as such so that it wasn’t peak hours and thus thought this was fine. If the shoe were on the other foot, I would have gone over to use the weight equipment or eliptical until a bike was free.

Thank you both for the replies! Sounds like I don’t have to worry too much about it.

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@jlawn, are you British by any chance?

Yeah, I’ve ridden a few exercise bikes in hotels or gyms in my day, and I’ve never been kicked off even riding as long as 3 hours.

@Psychopasta lol, not british.

But applying for the Citizenship test?