Casey Hilmer, Founder and Co-Owner

I have been passionate about health and fitness since I was ten years old. Running was my first love. It was an activity I initially resisted. One afternoon, during the summer before I entered fifth grade, my dad told me I was going to run around the block with him. I immediately said, “No I’m not.” But that was pointless because he made me go anyway. Every day, for the rest of the summer, he had me run with him. At first I hated it, but eventually I got really good at running and started beating him. It was not long thereafter that he needed a bicycle to keep up with me.

I discovered my second love, spinning, after suffering from a running injury. In the fall of 2009 my dad encouraged me to run the Columbus Marathon. 26.2 miles? I didn’t think I could do it, but he knew I could. And, he was right. I placed fourth in the marathon with a time of 2:54. I would have been happy just qualifying for Boston but I surpassed my own expectations. Two weeks after the marathon, as a result of over training, I hurt my hip and was unable to run for months. To stay physically fit and still get that high I got from running, I had to find something else. That something was spinning. At first it was a love-hate relationship. My heart rate soared during class and all I wanted to do was get off the bike. But afterwards I felt invigorated…alive…and accomplished.

As I continued spinning, I fell in love. I yearned for more sprints and more hills during class. Upon entering my senior year at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) I got an email from a friend about a new spinning studio in Ann Arbor. A place with bikes that moved! I watched a video on the bikes and was amazed. They looked like so much fun to ride; I couldn’t wait to get back to school to try them.

It was love at first ride. I was hooked after my first class. From that point on I went to class four to five times a week. No longer was my spin workout confined to jumps, hills, and sprints. Now there was side-to-side movement allowing for anything but boredom! As the spring came and graduation neared I was most sad about leaving my friends at the studio and moving back to Cincinnati where there were no RealRyder bikes anywhere! I desperately wished someone would open a studio in Cincinnati (I even begged the owner in Ann Arbor) because I just knew it would be a huge success. I never thought that person would be me…until this past fall. 

Fitness is what I love, what I do, and what I know. By bringing Power Ryde to Loveland, I hope to share my passion and love for these amazing bikes with all of you. I also hope we can all experience and enjoy the pure awesomeness of the RealRyder bikes together.