This Is What SoulCycle Would Have Looked Like Back in the Day

Indoor cycling studios are popping up all over the place, but stationary bikes aren't a new phenomenon. People started tinkering with ways to use their bikes indoors at the end of the 1800s, and the sport slowly gained in popularity-spiking in the 1980s and again more recently. Check out some of the old-timey models below (there's a full album here):

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Yes, these are bikes on rollers (as if you didn't already feel like a hamster on a wheel) from 1901.

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This classy dame (do we spot lipstick and pearls?) is giving athleisure a run for its money.

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Welcome to the '70s! Wood paneling, a Tiffany lamp, and color-coordinated riding gear.

(h/t Timeline)