I had been saying I wanted an exercise bike for years, but 2016 was the year I wanted to make it happen. I didn’t need a lot of features, I just wanted to get in some cross training (and have something to fall back on in case of injury).
Enter the FitDesk Exercise Bike. (disclaimer: affiliate link).
It’s an exercise bike, obviously. There are resistance settings from 1-8. It has a desk for your tablet, laptop, book, what have you. The desk also has a drawer. And there are these resistance bands, too (which seem rather like an afterthought, frankly). There are also “massage bars” to rest your arms on, but frankly they don’t do a whole lot for me, and I love massage! They don’t bother me, either, though.
On the downside, it’s not for spinning although I suppose you could do it. There are no biking programs. And while it can be moved, the wheels really don’t work well on carpet.
Most of the cons I read in the reviews of this exercise bike talked about how it was quiet at first, then became noisy. After 2 months of using it 3 x week most weeks (and sometimes more), I have no issues with noise.
I did have an issue with the display. It was dead on arrival — turned on, but didn’t show anything other than 0s. The company did eventually replace it, and it works, although I don’t think it’s terribly accurate.
Since I use this bike mainly for cross training and just to add movement into my days, it really doesn’t matter to me.
We bought the bike because it was a daily deal on Amazon on New Years, and I’d been looking for an exercise bike for a while. Because of our issues with the display, we came to find out it’s a very small company. They obviously were not prepared for the overwhelming response to being an Amazon daily deal.
It doesn’t require electricity (except the display takes batteries)
You don’t have to plug anything in. You just get on and bike. Easy peasy!
It folds up
While I have folded it up, and it’s not very hard, I will admit that most of the time I just leave it in place.
It’s still a nice feature to have. For those rare occasions we have company and need more room. In general it’s a fairly small footprint for an exercise bike.
You can do some work on it
I can fit my ipad, ipod, the tv remote, and a water bottle easily on the desk. I haven’t tried to actually blog on it, and I doubt I’d be coordinated enough to do so. But I have read my email while biking.
Many parts are adjustable, but I think if you’re shorter than me (5’1″), you wouldn’t be able to adjust the pedals high enough. They might be just a tad too low for me on the highest setting.And I wouldn’t mind if the desk came in closer, either (the desk is adjustable, but again, I’m just short!).
But most people aren’t as small as me. Or as vertically challenged, anyway.
Bonus: it’s comfortable!
Way, way back when I belonged to a gym, I tried spinning. Spinning was fairly new then. I enjoyed it, but I stopped pretty quickly because those darn seats just caused pain down there. Even when I purchased a gel seat cover to go over the seat!
I have no issues with the seat on the FitDesk Bike (affiliate link) at all. I’m relatively small, though, so if you’re bigger, I don’t know how comfortable it would be. I suspect most people would find it comfortable.
Do you have any cardio equipment at home?