I tested a stationary bike with a Flexispot desk.
It was easy to assemble and convenient to use during my work days at home.
I am much more productive in reading and writing while pedaling against moderate resistance.
Like many Americans, I started working from home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In December 2021, 11% of workers were working remotely, as many choose to continue working from home even when offices reopen.
After about six months of working from my kitchen table, I got a relatively comfortable desk and chair to create an “office”.
My TikTok For You page started showing me ads for this stationary bike with a desk. Searching online, I saw it was called “the TikTok viral bike desk”.
My editor agreed that I could try it out for a story, so within a week I had a giant box on my doorstep of Flexispot.
The box came with the parts of the bike, protected by polystyrene, and instructions for assembling it.
My fiancé kindly agreed to ride the bike and remove it from the box.
It was much easier than expected, as the main body of the bike comes in one big piece.
The office itself was a separate room.
We didn’t really need the instructions, as it was pretty clear where the desk was attached to the main bike.
He sat on the bike to make sure everything was fine before playing around with the settings.
From the instructions, we learned that the desk can be adjusted up, down, forward, and back using that little handle underneath.
The seat is also adjustable by the same mechanism, and surprisingly padded and comfortable.
The pedals are attached to the bike and are removable for space and storage purposes. They also easily fold up to make the device more compact when not in use.
The bike sits on four wheels, making it easy to move around and out of the way when not in use.
The base between the seat and the desk has a dial, a small screen and a cup holder.
The dial adjusts the resistance. If I’m typing or reading carefully, I keep it around three or four, but I was impressed with the resistance you can get from higher levels.
The small display screen can switch between seven different metrics, including speed and time.
I’m not sure about the accuracy of some metrics, like calories, but it’s moderately interesting to see the distance I’ve covered.
Once I adjusted the bike to my size, I really liked it.
I find that in some ways it’s actually easier for me to focus if I have something to do with my body, so pedaling is ideal for my job.
Adjusted higher, I can also easily use it as a standing desk.
I don’t use the bike during meetings, but it’s quiet enough that you can.
I was quite impressed with the range of heights that fit the bike. My fiancé is six foot five, while I am over a foot shorter at five foot two. We can both comfortably use the bike.
While I probably won’t switch to Flexispot full time, that’s largely because I rely on my keyboard, mouse, and second monitor.
The model I purchased is $350, which is a relatively low price for an exercise bike, especially with the addition of the desk making it much more likely that I’ll use it regularly.
It’s definitely not a Peloton, but for less than a third of the price and the ease of adding it to my daily routine, I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a little more movement in their days while working out distance.
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