The Bottom Line
- A comfortable way to exercise while working on your laptop
- Compact, sturdy and folds up for easy storage
- Track your time, speed and distance as you cycle while you work, surf or play games
- Assembly required
- The laptop pad is thick and bulky
- A stationary bike with an attachment that allows you to work on your laptop while pedaling
- The bike folds for easy storage and the laptop pad is secured to the handlebars where you can rest your arms as you type
- Small and compact, the FitDesk can be used in small spaces and easily moved from room to room
Guide Review - FitDesk
The FitDesk comes with everything you need to exercise while you work, although there is some assembly required. For the average person who can follow directions, assembly will take about 30-45 minutes. I don't follow directions very well so it took me almost an hour, despite the fact that the instructions are clear and all the nuts and bolts are attached to their respective parts. Once you've attached the feet, pedals, seat and handlebars, you slide the pad on top of the bike, adjust the seat so that you're at a comfortable height and you're ready to go.
The FitDesk is easy to use and oddly enjoyable. In fact, I typed this entire review while pedaling my FitDesk and found it quiet, smooth and comfy. The seat is wide and cushy and your forearms rest comfortably on the pad, which makes typing a breeze. I also found that the positioning kept my back and shoulders from tightening up, as they often do in an office chair. The best part is, you pedal while you work and you don't have to think about it or worry about falling off (as you might using a treadmill). There's even a tracking pod you can attach to the laptop desk that shows time, speed, distance and calories burned. This is a nice thought, although the calorie counts are pretty inflated. It showed me burning 89 calories in 8 minutes, which is a lovely fantasy, but it was probably more like 20-30 calories.
You won't want to use this bike to train for the Tour de France, but you can adjust the resistance to make pedaling harder or easier, depending on how hard you want to work. I found that staying at a low resistance allowed me to concentrate while my legs went through the motions.
The Bottom Line
The FitDesk is a great choice for people who spend most of their time sitting at a computer, allowing you an ergonomic and safe way to exercise while you work. It's small enough to fit into a corner, folds for easy storage and there are wheels on the bottom, so you can easily move it around. The laptop pad is a little bulky and the assembly requires some time and patience but, overall, the FitDesk is a great buy.