Considering that most of us are spending a lot of time of our day sitting down (whether this be behind a desk or while watching television), it may be prudent to try to increase our physical activity while sitting down. I found yet another desk exerciser which is just as tempting as the MagneTrainer reviewed here…….The DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser. Yes I know its a heck of a long name.
What to look for?
Looking at a number of different options, I found that there are a number of different factors that go into finding the right mini exercise bike. A number of factors to consider are: noise, resistance, comfort, LCD display, assembly, storage and durability.
It became obvious to me that just buying one and hoping that it would be the right fit is not an option. Especially if you have limited space available or want to be able to exercise underneath your desk, it is important that your choice meet your requirements. Continue reading on as I am going to break down the specifics of the DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser.
An important feature of the DeskCycle Exerciser is that you can use it in the office without disturbing anyone. One of the reasons that the DeskCycle Exerciser is virtually silent is because of the patented magnetic resistance design. Not only does magnetic resistance ensure a good workout, but it also means that there are virtually no moving parts that come together or make a loud noise, this unlike many of the other types of resistance. The sound of using the DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser is comparable to white noise.
The level of resistance on your DeskCycle Exerciser determines how hard your arms or legs are going to have to work to force a single rotation. The harder the muscles have to work, the more the heart rate goes up and the more calories we burn. With the DeskCycle Exerciser, there are eight different resistance settings that range from an easy, non-distracting motion to a workout that forces you to peddle hard to keep moving smoothly. It is nice to see an adjustable resistance so you can vary the intensity of your workout to suit your needs at that particular point.
Comfort and height
One of the primary selling points of the DeskCycle Exerciser is the fact that it is one of the lowest exercise machines on the market. According to the manufacturer, desks that are as low as 27 inches would be accommodating enough to suit the DeskCycle Exerciser. The pedal height itself is only 10 inches.
The pedal exerciser moves smoothly because of the magnetic resistance design, reducing shocking movements, which is ultimately better for your knees. The pedals are comfortable enough to use barefoot. The straps are adjustable, making it possible for both people with larger and smaller feet to use the DeskCycle Exerciser comfortably.
Thanks to the ten-foot extension cable included in the box, it is possible to use the included display computer on the DeskCycle Exerciser itself or place it on a display stand somewhere that you can see it. The display tells you how long you have been exercising, how many calories you have burned, the distance you have traveled, and how many miles an hour you are currently going. The calorie measure does come with a disclaimer – it is based on maximum effort. There is also free software to track your workouts in addition to the display.
Assembly and storage
The assembly for the DeskCycle Exerciser is straightforward. It is mainly assembled right out of the box and the tools that you do need to adjust or tighten something are included. It takes less than ten minutes to screw in the six screws that are needed for assembly. The owner’s manual is straightforward and carefully explains what constitutes proper use and care of your DeskCycle Exerciser.
Storage should not be an issue for most people either. The DeskCycle Exerciser is 20 inches across, 24 inches long and only weighs approximately 25 pounds. This means that most people should be able to move the unit back and forth with relative ease.
The DeskCycle Exerciser is considered relatively expensive for these desk cycle trainers. However, the added expenses show because of the high quality components and the patented magnetic resistance mechanism. The unit itself feels sturdy and the iron frame give it a solid appearance. The one-year limited warranty is indicative of the quality used in the construction.
How much should you expect to pay for this pedal exerciser?
While you are able to order the DeskCycle Exerciser from a number of different places online, Amazon appears to have the most consistently low prices. Find out the latest prices on amazon here.
Were there any complaints?
At the time of writing this review, there are 1,454 different customer reviews for the DeskCycle Exerciser on Amazon and they are overwhelmingly positive. The rating that the unit receives is 4.7 out of 5. A few reviewers say that the unit needs to be placed on carpet or another solid, non-slip underground to ensure that it feels sturdy while exercising. This can be avoided by using the velcro straps which comes with the DeskCycle and secure these to your chair. Another good tip is to place the DeskCycle directly under the desk so you bicycle up and down instead of forward and even possibly letting the DeskCycle rest against the back of the desk. A reviewer on amazon gave this desk exercise bike a 5 star review with only one complaint: “The only problem is, no matter how hard I pedal, I’m still at work.”
The final verdict
Especially if you compare the price to a full-size exercise bike, it is clear that the DeskCycle Pedal Exerciser comes highly recommended if you want to try to keep active even while sedentary. While it may not necessarily provide a heart-pounding workout, it does what it promises, which makes it a highly interesting option for those who want to remain active while gaming, watching television, or at work.
DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser Review