Spin Bikes vs. Exercise Bikes


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Spin Bikes vs. Exercise Bikes
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Bernie Mermelstein has been at the helm of MZ Berger & Co., in Long Island City, New York for four decades as the company’s CEO. During his tenure, he has seen the company expand its operations into numerous new markets. In his leisure time, Bernie Mermelstein enjoys physical fitness activities such as spinning.

For more than 30 years, spin bikes have been found in gyms nationwide; the uninitiated may wonder how they differ from traditional exercise bikes. While both seemingly resemble traditional bicycling on the surface, spin bikes operate with a totally different system of kinetics than resistance bikes.

With spin bikes, the pedals are connected to a flywheel system that keeps the pedals moving even when you stop applying force to them. This feature allows the rider to take a bit of a breather while still getting legwork in, since the pedals will pull the legs along for a bit.

Resistance bikes use magnetic forces to generate the movement, with the pedals stopping altogether when the rider ceases pedaling. For these reasons, spinners can burn up to 200 calories more per hour during a spin class than they could if they just used a traditional exercise bike.


Benrus – Iconic Watchmaker of Midcentury America

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The owner of MZ Berger & Co., Bernie Mermelstein guides a respected timepiece and accessory manufacturer headquartered in New York, with 700 employees worldwide. A former U.S. Watch Council member, Bernie Mermelstein maintains an extensive collection of American-made watches, from Gruen to Benrus.

Established as a watch-repair business in the 1920s by three brothers who emigrated to New York from Romania, the Benrus Watch Company quickly established a reputation for top-tier timepieces. The company set up an assembly space on 44th Street in the Hippodrome building and coordinated manufacture of most moving parts in Switzerland.

Benrus experienced major growth during World War II, when it began producing watches for servicemen. Following the war, the company moved into designing unique pieces with exaggerated lugs and bezels, including the iconic Dial-o-Rama and the one-piece Embraceable, which slipped on like a bracelet. These highly collectible watches came to define what is now known as the Retro-Modern period of timepiece design.