Almost everyone has accepted that sitting at a desk all day isn’t great for your health. And standing desks have become a real option for some people who are able to adapt. But its pretty cold outside right now, so why not go one step further and turn that standing desk into a pedaling desk. That’s what FlexiSpot was thinking for their Deskcise Pro which won am innovation award earlier this year at CES in Vegas.
Deskcise Pro combined exercise bike & standing desk
We’ve seen our share of odd pedal-powered contraptions, and even a previous desk that allowed you to generate electricity. (Plus your kid’s plastic turbo trainer!) But the Deskcise Pro exercise bike/desk is more about keeping you active & blood flowing as you work. Of course not all tasks are conductive to pedaling. So the desk morphs a bit to be used more like a modern standing desk.
FlexiSpot already makes a wide range of standing desk setups, and a couple of contraptions to stick under your regular desk to keep your feet moving. But the Deskcise Pro desk bike is a big step for them as an all-in-one solution. At $500, it’s not cheap but does claim plenty of features. And after going through a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, is now available.
The Deskcise has an adjustable seatpost that should work for anyone from 5’1″-6’2″ (155-190cm). And the working desktop is adjustable as well. The 19.6″ x 22.8″ (50 x 58cm) work surface moves up & down, forward & back to get it into the perfect position whether standing of pedaling. It also features a small LCD screen to give basic ride stats, like: distance, speed, time & est. calories burned.
The 8-level magnetic resistance unit claims to be “whisper-quiet” so you won’t disturb your co-workers. It moves on 4 caters that make it simple to push around the office, but that automatically lock in place when you sit to work/ride.
I’m not so sure how much I could get done on its limited work surface. Or whether it would be stable enough to comfortably type and move a mouse. But to be honest even though intended for “low-impact cycling”, I’m a little curious. Daylight hours are short in the northern hemisphere this time of year, and it wouldn’t hurt to build up my base, while still getting some work done.