Tips For Using the DeskCycle at your Desk

Tips For Using the DeskCycle at your Desk


Tip 1. Pedal downward.

In order to keep the bike in place, and to keep your chair from swilveling you will need to pedal downward.

Tip 2. Start out slow.

Start out at the minimum resistance (level 1) and pedal the bike at 10 to 15 mph. This will give you a chance to get used to pedaling downward. For those who don't ride a bike regularly, it will give you a chance to get your muscles used to using the bike. Increase the resistance as you get used to pedaling the bike. If you're not sore the next day you can increase it. The first workout should be no more than 30 minutes.

The more you pedal, the more it will become second nature.

Tip 3. Keep the resistance low at your desk.

We reccommend keeping the resistance to level 3 or less.

The DeskCycle Is 3 to 5 times more Effective than a Standing Desk 
Using the DeskCycle on level 1 at a leisurely pace of 15 mph doesn't feel like exercise at all. Yet this will raise your energy expenditure about 3 times as much as standing at your desk. On level 3 the difference is over 5 times.

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Tip 4. Keep your upper body still

Keeping your body still makes it easy to focus on your work.

  • Pedal with your legs, not your body.
  • Don't rock from side to side.
  • Pedaling downward makes this easier.

Tip 5. Sit up straight

Don't slouch, sit up straight. Sitting up straight while using the DeskCycle will help strengthen your core. It's also good for your spine.

Tip 6. Keep your back supported

Depending on your chair design and your height, you may need to sit towards the front of your chair in order to use the bike. In this case, place a lumbar cushion behind your back for support. 

Tip 7. Extend your legs

When the pedals are at their farthest point, your legs should be bent at about 30 degrees from fully extended. This is healthiest for your knees.

Tip 8. If your knees hit your desk

If your desk is short or if you are tall, your knees may hit the underside of your desk when you pedal the bike.

Below are some tips that will lower your knees.

  • Lower your chair. This can lower your knees by several inches. In most cases this is all you will need to do.
  • Point your toes upward on the upward pedal stroke. When your toes are pointing upward, your knees will be lower by an inch or more. Then point your toes forward on the downward pedal stroke. This exercises your calves as well.
  • Move the bike farther away from you and extend your legs more. Extending your legs lowers your knees. You may not be able to do this if your desk is not very deep underneath.