Flexispot has been at the forefront of the standing desk revolution for quite a while now, offering everything from height adjustable desks that switch between sitting and standing positions and converter stands to turn your vanilla desk into a standing desk when it suits you.
More recently, Flexispot offers bikes under the desk to accompany your standing desk, allowing you to do cardio while doing a spreadsheet and keeping the blood pumping around your legs where otherwise they would be stationary. With more people working from home than ever before, now is a great time to try out this idea of working out while you work out.
So how does the so-called “Deskcise” bicycle from Flexispot look? We tell you everything you need to know in our review.
Putting the whole bike together is straightforward, assuming you can manage its 30 pounds to get it around the house. Once you open the box all you have to do is remove the wheel feet from under the bike – then you can freely roll it anywhere you want. The casters do not contain brakes, but the bike is heavy enough that it remains stable when in use (and you can always swap out the casters for loaded casters if you want).
Beyond that, just put a pair of AA batteries, a rubber coaster on top, and then the rubber pedal covers on the pedals.
It couldn’t be easier.
This is definitely the weak point of the bike. The build quality is just a bit poor. The seams between the different pieces of plastic are visible, staples hold the seat cover to the seat, and the resistance dial is rigid to adjust.
For some, these may be trivial details. The bike rolls very smoothly. Its clean white or black look and the absence of straps, cables and other unsightly items also mean that it isn’t an eyesore wherever you keep it (which, let’s face it, is probably under your desk. ).
The bike’s batteries simply power the LCD display, so you don’t have to worry about running out anytime soon. There is a single button to toggle the display, which toggles between all the usual information – speed, distance, calories burned, wheel speed, time exercised and total time exercised, as well as a SCAN option that changes information from display every five seconds.
The large white dial below the LCD screen allows you to change the resistance between eight different levels. You can’t make it go up steep inclines or extreme resistance. It is, after all, a bike designed to allow you to train without intrusion while you pedal. That’s a good enough resistance range for this purpose, and of course, how hard you pedal is up to you.
It should be added that there is also a version of this bike which, for $ 50 more, allows you to insert a table suitable for a laptop. If you don’t have a standing desk, this may be a better option for you.
Exercise in action
The bike is silky smooth to use which is vital if you are going to be pedaling and working at the same time. The wide seat is designed more for standing cycling than a more intense hunched position, and its straight posture design once again demonstrates its function as a work bike rather than a high-intensity cardio machine.
The seat lifts pneumatically when you pull the height adjustment lever, making it easy to adjust even at mid-stroke.
One thing that detracts from the generally smooth cycling experience is that at higher resistances it sometimes made an unpleasant cracking noise when I was riding the bike. This was easily fixed by switching the resistance down and then up, but it still suggests that the internal workings aren’t always as smooth as they should be.
As you might expect, this fits neatly under your typical standing desk, which typically ranges from about 30 “to 50” in height. At maximum seat height my long legs reached a height of 41 inches, so plenty of wiggle room.
With all that space under a standing desk, it makes sense to take advantage of it with exercise equipment that offers a bit more than the rudimentary elliptical trainers you get under a seated desk.
The Flexispot Deskcise bike delivers just that, and while it’s not exactly feature-packed and feels a bit cheap, at $ 260 it’s actually pretty cheap compared to similar offerings. If you miss the bike ride to work during those work-from-home hours and you have itchy feet at your standing desk, it’s worth it.
While you rework your home office setup, check out our list of the best docking stations for your Macbook Pro. Our sister site Onlinetivity also explores if standing desks are really better than seated desks, so go ahead and check it out.
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