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Right, We have all been sat at home getting larger during Covid, there’s no point in lying about that.
Exercising hasn’t been easy for a variety of reasons. For years we have said, “oh I don’t have time to exercise because of work.” But it turns out that wasn’t the reason either. Ah well. What if you could continue your sat behind a desk sedentary lifestyle from waist up on those Zoom calls, but below the desk surface be furiously pedaling away? Calm on the surface, furious work beneath. Ducks have perfected the art over thousands of years. Why can’t we?
Before we get going though, I don’t think ducks sweat (I can’t bring myself to Google it) so that can be an issue when it comes to a video call with the boss, but the ability to actually get some miles in the legs, and complete that spreadsheet simultaneously is an enticing one.
Step forward Flexispot who poses the question – when is a desk not a desk but half a bike? In much the same way as Mr. Tumnus was half man, half goat, the Deskcise Pro from Flexispot is a Frankenstein of a work surface.
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The upper section is a remarkably adaptable desk surface, large enough to fit a laptop, or possibly a smallish monitor and keyboard setup. The seat meanwhile is out an out exercise bike.
First things first, putting the Deskcise Pro together is far, far simpler than you might expect from the two large boxes it comes in. Pop the desktop into the bike base, kick out the support stands and that’s pretty much it. Two batteries later at the bike will measure your distance traveled and estimate your calorific loss. And to think, you thought that last meeting wasn’t worth the time. First things first, putting it all together is far, far simpler than you might expect from the two large boxes it comes in. Pop the desktop into the bike base, kick out the support stands and that’s pretty much it. Two batteries later at the bike will measure your distance traveled and estimate your calorific loss. And to think, you thought that last meeting wasn’t worth the time.
Besides obviously looking a bit unusual being a hybrid of two very different things I guess my only real issue with the Deskbike in total is the fact it is all white. Don’t get me wrong, I like a minimal look. My gaming PC lives in a white Corsair case and very nice it is two, but maybe all whites aren’t alike. I sort of look at the Deskbike and think it looks like a piece of hospital equipment and now that’s in my mind I can’t get it out again.
Not that it makes any difference to its use, but I can just imagine it being sat in the corner of the physiotherapy room.
The only other thing that made me chuckle really was the fact that the sturdy pedals have reflectors built in, presumably to warn other oncoming desks. Seriously though, it is nice Flexispot has used standard, off-the-shelf pedals as these should definitely last the test of time, unlike those on my considerably more expensive Peloton which need to be changed out every 12 months or so.
The Deskcise Pro as we have mentioned already comes with its own desk surface whereas the cheaper V9U dispenses with the desk so you can put the bike under your own desktop, This would need to be a height-adjustable one – Flexispot sells a very good one as well but personally, I think the all-inclusive model is the better option even though it is far from an impulse buy at around the $400 mark.
As comfortable as the seat is I couldn’t really imagine spending all day on the bike – rather moving between it and my regular chair at various points of the day and taking my laptop with me.
This is where the Deskcise Pro really shines as it is remarkably compact and can easily be tucked into a corner of your home office and used when you fancy.
I really like the fact you can hop off the seat and convert the height to that of a standing desk in seconds to continue on when you feel the need to stretch your legs
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Flexispot deserves real credit here for not only trying to produce something different that could be of great potential benefit, but also the fact they haven’t scrimped out on quality.
The Deskcise Pro is built like a tank, has all the standard features of a regular exercise bike, but mixes that together with a wonderful ability to position the desktop pretty much wherever you need it to be.
Yes, it’s quite expensive but it’s a unique piece of furniture that can only benefit your health if you have found yourself working out of the home office this last year. It’s not designed to help you train for an Olympic Triathlon, rather it finds a niche where it can perhaps make a little difference to the unhealthy working habits of the 21st Century.
It would be great to think that companies could include Deskcise Pros in their office space in the future. We all need to get m, more active, and we all have less time to do so. This is a great way to find a little middle ground