I Tried A $350 Bike Desk With A TikTok Cult Following, And I’m Recommend It To Everyone I Know

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  • 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.

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In December 2021, 11% of workers were working remotely, as many choose to continue working from home even when offices reopen.

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Mellin’s work from home.Courtesy of Brian Mellin

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After about six months of working from my kitchen table, I got a relatively comfortable desk and chair to create an “office”.

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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”.

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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.

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The box came with the parts of the bike, protected by polystyrene, and instructions for assembling it.

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My fiancé kindly agreed to ride the bike and remove it from the box.

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It was much easier than expected, as the main body of the bike comes in one big piece.

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The office itself was a separate room.

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We didn’t really need the instructions, as it was pretty clear where the desk was attached to the main bike.

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He sat on the bike to make sure everything was fine before playing around with the settings.

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From the instructions, we learned that the desk can be adjusted up, down, forward, and back using that little handle underneath.

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The seat is also adjustable by the same mechanism, and surprisingly padded and comfortable.

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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.

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The bike sits on four wheels, making it easy to move around and out of the way when not in use.

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The base between the seat and the desk has a dial, a small screen and a cup holder.

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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.

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The small display screen can switch between seven different metrics, including speed and time.

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I’m not sure about the accuracy of some metrics, like calories, but it’s moderately interesting to see the distance I’ve covered.

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Once I adjusted the bike to my size, I really liked it.

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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.

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Adjusted higher, I can also easily use it as a standing desk.

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I don’t use the bike during meetings, but it’s quiet enough that you can.

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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.

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While I probably won’t switch to Flexispot full time, that’s largely because I rely on my keyboard, mouse, and second monitor.

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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.

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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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