How We Tested
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We’ll outline exactly what we looked for when making our selections, as well explaining how each important factor may ultimately influence your decision on which is the best under desk bike to buy.
If you were paying attention to our reviews, you’ll notice that eight levels of resistance are about the norm when it comes to desk cycle options.
This gives you the freedom to go from a gentle, relaxed workout that slowly but surely improves your circulation all the way to a more high-intensity workout.
For most people, this may be enough, but if you want greater freedom and control over your level of activity, there are some options out there that have as many as 20 or more settings.
On the other hand, if you know that you only want a light workout, to begin with, you may do just fine settling for one of the less-expensive models that only have six settings.
Almost all under desk cycles and desk bikes will contain a digital display monitor which helps you to monitor your progress while you pedal.
There are two important factors to consider here. The first is the number of functions that the display monitor offers.
At a very minimum, it should tell you the speed and distance covered, but if you’re using your cycle as part of a weight-loss program, you should also be looking for a display monitor that also shows you how many calories you’re burning.
The position is also important.
A lot of under desk bikes position their display monitor on the frame, often between the pedals. While this does save space, it also makes it more difficult to monitor what you’re doing as you’re doing.
If you simply want to look at your workout stats after you’ve stopped pedaling, this might not be a problem, but if you want to monitor as you go, then it may be worth splashing out on one of the more expensive models that have a removable monitor you can place on your desk.
How — and more importantly, where — you’re going to use your new equipment will also factor in your purchasing decision.
If you’re keeping your bike permanently in the office, then size and weight aren’t going to play a major factor. As long as it fits into your space to begin with, it can pretty much stay there without you having to ever pick it up again.
If, on the other hand, you’re going to be taking this home with you or moving it around a “hot-desking” environment, then it needs to be easy to move. This means that it should be lightweight and either foldable to make it easy to carry or come with a portable carry handle, if not both.
Last but by no means least, never underestimate what an important factor construction quality can be when it comes to choosing the best desk bike for your workspace.
All of the models we’ve chosen in our top 10 come from reputable brands with a proven track record when it comes to delivering superior construction quality, meaning more long-term value for your money.
Other Products We Considered
The Fat Kid Deals editorial team researches hundreds of products based on consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. We then choose a shorter list for in-depth research and testing before finalizing our top picks. These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5.