Desk Cycle Ergonomics
Desk cycles and bike desks are all the rage, especially with cycling enthusiasts who want to keep “training” their legs even while they’re at work. But there are a number of ergonomic sand traps you can find yourself in quickly if you didn’t plan to set up your workstation to avoid repetitive strain injuries, low back and knee pain. Be sure to check out our helpful primer on How to Set Up an Ergonomically Proper Desk Cycle before you buy your equipment. And check out our comprehensive desk cycle comparison review including every major product in this category.
Call them desk pedals, desk cycles, under desk pedals, or desk ellipticals. Whatever you choose, all of these devices require a little upfront effort to get properly situated for comfortable, productive, and ergonomic use at a desk. This article brings you some expert tips based on our review staff’s experience testing various devices in the desk cycle category.Don’t Hit Your Knees
By far, the most common complaint you’ll hear from new desk cycle users is banging their knees against the bottom of their desks. If there isn’t enough clearance under the desk, you can expect to develop some sore kneecaps. Obviously, this issue is going to plague taller individuals especially, and [...]
Two very popular new fitness aids, the treadmill desk and the desk cycle, have burst onto the scene in recent years, and we often get asked the question of which one is better. Both have their primary areas of benefit, and their drawbacks. Let’s explore.
For the purpose of this discussion, we’re going to assume that the reader has already acquired an adjustable-height desk; as for all but the shortest of individuals, this is going to be an essential component for any ergonomically proper treadmill desk or cycle desk workstation. Besides which, from an optimal health and productivity standpoint, it is best to mix up modalities between sitting, standing, and walking [...]
We put each product through a lengthy review process, beginning with detailed internet research on product specifications and customer reviews, and often times ending with the product in our own labs for testing. That process is detailed in our article, Anatomy of a Review, and we applied it to desk cycles just as we apply it to every product category we undertake reviewing.
But no two categories of office fitness products are entirely alike, and the need develops for fresh criteria each time we foray into a new product space. That’s what this guide sets out to articulate—the specific criteria we used for our desk cycle reviews and bike desk reviews.
As an example, one [...]