Okay, hearken to me: having a desk bike is definitely actually nice

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Enlarge / See: It’s both a desk and a bicycle.

Corey Gaskin

If you work from home, it’s a good idea to spice up the home office from time to time. Some of us have been teleworking longer than others, and although we at Ars have extensive experience (and an equally comprehensive guide to the best home office equipment), we still like to change things regularly to keep up with our dynamic needs. That’s how I found the Desk Bike.

Well, that, and I’m recovering from a foot injury that recently led me to do cycling as a type of low-impact exercise. Nevertheless, the V9 Desk Bike from Flexispot is now in my room and is used consistently. You (or your kids) may have seen this bike make waves on TikTok lately – Flexispot’s advertising campaign turned out to be a smart and fruitful move, garnering over 2.5 million likes and media coverage.

Exercise, even when taking a 30-minute daily walk, is known to have a variety of positive effects on physical and mental health. But as of 2018, 80% of American adults fail to meet this daily threshold. It can be hard to break away from the computer and actually move our bodies, but not doing that literally kills us. The Desk Bike is not a miracle cure for a healthy life, but it can help you be more active and recharge your fidgety energy pent up during the day.

Who is Flexispot and what is a desk bike?

  • The desk bike is delivered almost fully assembled. Simply fold out the legs and place them on the desk. Then reverse the order for easy storage.

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  • The height-adjustable saddle is padded and supportive so that you can sit comfortably on it for longer periods of time. The palm rest on the desktop is another very much appreciated touch.

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  • The desktop is big enough to allow for simple but convenient setup.

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  • Levers under the desk can raise and lower the platform or slide it back and forth, but you can’t tilt the desk like an easel.

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  • It also has a rubber-based cup holder, digital display, and resistance button. I like the lowest setting for easy pedaling while working.

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FlexiSpot V9 Desk Bike Pro product picture

FlexiSpot V9 desk bike Pro

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Flexispot is a standing desk brand that competes with Vari, Fully and Uplift, three brands we recommended in our home office furnishing guide. Some Flexispot offerings undercut these brands by hundreds of dollars and offer similar specifications, construction, and functionality to the more expensive models. For some time now, I have been using the Kana Bamboo desk from Flexispot in addition to the V9 Desk Bike. I’m in love with the Desk Bike, but the Kana Desk has also proven itself well. It does well against similar offerings from the top brands; It’s easy to set up and it feels solid.

The Desk Bike is a simple concept that seems a bit silly at first, but when I tried it out, I wanted to use it more and more. That’s partly because of my intrinsic desire to be active – and how nice it feels to let off some fidgety energy while working – but the execution of the desk bike keeps me coming back to that. advertising

The first thing that grabbed me was how easy it was to assemble. When you take the bike out of the box, just fold out the legs and attach the desk (the simplicity makes storage a breeze, too). I finished the assembly in three minutes; It took me longer to find the double A batteries I needed. You will need this to power the digital display, which will show you your distance, calories burned, speed, cadence and time spent. It’s nothing special and looks more like a handheld digital stopwatch than the touchscreen displays of a peloton.

You can buy the ergometer alone (and save a few euros), with a backrest or the complete desk bike setup with a height-adjustable tray. The latter’s desktop has a palm rest and is large enough to accommodate my laptop on a stand and my wireless keyboard, with space. There’s even a cup holder in the middle of the bike.

  • You can buy the bike on its own to fit into an existing desk, or order the complete desk bike setup with an attached tray with built-in palm rests.

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  • There is also the option to buy one with a backrest for longer working hours.

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The seat is padded but firm enough to provide a comfortable grip and is wider than a typical bicycle seat. I can sit on it for about two hours without feeling sore or uncomfortable, which is quite an achievement for my bony buttocks.

The bike is whisper quiet when in use and you can step backwards to mess things up. A resistance button with an 8-point scale lets you increase the intensity, but I found it most comfortable to pedal with the lowest resistance while working. The bike doesn’t have the freewheeling feel of a peloton or a real bike, but offers just enough drag to make you feel like you are going somewhere even though you are not. advertising

I have few complaints. The desktop is a bit shaky; it’s not bad enough to make you feel insecure or endanger something resting on it, but it’s not as sturdy as I would like it to be. It’s also way too difficult to lower the desktop. Raising it is easy – just press the lever and raise it – but to lower it you need to stand up and apply force to it. I encountered the same problem with adjusting the seat height. After all, although the desk can be adjusted forwards and backwards, it cannot be tilted upwards like an easel. It’s a small thing, but it could add some convenience to an otherwise ergonomically well-stocked device.

Nevertheless, the Desk Bike is an easy-to-use and entertaining machine that helps to end a monotonous and sedentary working day. You should still take breaks, go for a walk and get some fresh air. But you can also feel active in between.

Offer picture by Corey Gaskin

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