Last Updated on May 11, 2021 by Jeff
Desk Exerciser Overview:
The DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser is a great concept. Who wouldn’t mind getting rid of calories and dropping a few pounds while you’re working? The DeskCycle stands only 10” high so it can easily fit under a desk and still gives you enough room to pedal the 3½“ pedal arms. Though the arms are short, the power is more than enough. The DeskCycle has 8 different resistance settings. At 60 RPM, the resistance range is 12 to 130 watts, and at 120 RPM is 28 to 394 watts. That’s about twice as much as other pedal exercise bikes.
The DeskCycle also comes with a nice little computer that can be moved up to your desk top so you can see your speed, time, calories burned and distance statistics. You can even use a free online calorie calculator to get a more accurate calculation of your calories burned. The DeskCycle is an innovative idea that if worth the investment.
- Height: 10”
- Width: 20”
- Length: 24”
- Item weight: 23 lbs
- Double axel, twin belt, heavy-duty flywheel with 8 sealed bearings.
- 3 lb flywheel rotates at 13 times the speed of the crankshaft essentially multiplying the weight to 39 lbs.
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance provide a quick movement that won’t disturb coworkers.
- 3 ½“ pedal arm length provide a low pedal height at only 10”.
- Bidirectional pedals work forwards and backwards to work different muscle groups.
- Large pedals with adjustable Velcro straps fit any shoe size.
- 20” front leg eliminates rocking.
- LCD display.
- Display can be taken off of the machine and placed on your desk.
Display readouts include:
- Parts 1 year
- Labor: 1 year
Shipping and Assembly:
Shipping costs will vary for the DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.
Assembling the DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike takes a matter of minutes. You only need to attach the front and rear supports and thread on the pedals. Even so, a fully illustrated and step-by-step instruction is provided with the packaging. If it takes you more than 20 minutes to put this together, you’re probably doing something wrong.
What We Love About the DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser:
Low Profile Design
The best thing about the DeskCycle by far is that low profile design. The DeskCycle is the smallest pedal exerciser at 10” in height. It is so small, that they claim this machine can be used under a desk with as little as 27” of clearance. The keys to this compact design are the 3½” pedal arm length and the small 3 lb flywheel. Even with this smaller design, the DeskCycle doesn’t lose any of its power, putting out a 39 lb effective flywheel weight.
What Isn’t So Great:
So the DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser makes the claim of being able to be used at work under a desk. It does deliver on this claim; however, it’s not as great as it seems. It’s an excellent vision. Who wouldn’t want to burn some calories while sitting at your desk? There are some issues with it though. First, it seems to slide if you’re not on a carpeted floor. The manufacturer recognized this and provides a tether, but even that doesn’t completely fix the issue. Second, if you have a swivel chair, which I would think most office workers do, it can make staying still a little difficult while pedaling. Finally, if you’re on the taller side, your clearance under the desk may not be sufficient unless you put yourself in an awkward position that makes working difficult. All that being said, the DeskCycle made a good effort at burning calories at work, and it will do it for some people.
Final Word on the DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser:
The DeskCycle is one of the more expensive pedal exercisers. The price is definitely worth it in our opinion. Not only for the possibility of using this under your desk at work, but because of the overall design and function. This is a quality piece of exercise equipment and if you can use it at work to burn off the office birthday cake, even better.