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439 of 459 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
This is a very well made product. It's quiet, it has good resistence, and the read out monitor is a nice feature. The only problem is, no matter how hard I pedal, I'm still at work. :(
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162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
I purchased my Desk Cycle just this month, and I can tell you it was well worth the price. The cycle is not light weight, which is good for keeping it from sliding on the ground. I can pick it up with no problem, but for someone who may be elderly or unable to lift anything heavy, it might be a little difficult. I started peddling on 2 and it really worked my legs, but and abs. It just reminded me of how out of shape I really am, ugh! However, I can see myself using this with no hesitation everyday, because I just attach it to my chair, get on and pedal. I can read a book or study while cycling which is a plus. The cycle is quiet and smooth. You can exercise in front of others who may be watching T.V.and hear no complaints from them, its that quiet. I think it would be great to use in a cubical setting under a desk in a office, however, my job is more walking around, so I use mine at home. I have school full time online, and need something that can give me a workout without having to take time away from my studies. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a simple cycle, without taking up so much space. I received my cycle on time, with no missing pieces and well packed for product protection. My cycle came with two monitors, one that attaches to the cycle as seen in the picture and one that can go on your desk. It comes with a velcro strap to attach to a regular chair or even a rolling office chair. Great Product, well made and very sturdy.
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229 of 259 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
This product is very well made and works great, if you have a substantial enough chair. Upon receiving it, I tried it in my family room, sitting in an easy chair with the cycle on a carpet. It worked great, letting me cycle away while watching TV. Next I tried it at my desk, which required removing the keyboard tray. My chair is a wheeled, swivel office style, so I secured it to the cycle with the supplied strap, which worked as advertised to keep me from simply rolling away. However, the pumping of my legs caused the chair to swivel back and forth, putting a strain on my back, and I had to stop. I replaced the swivel chair with a standard chair with legs, but that chair was nowhere near as heavy as the easy chair, so it rocked back and forth as I pedalled. If you intend to put the resistance three or above, you are going to have to use a heavy chair. If your intent is to just pedal away at the least resistance, as long as you have a carpeted floor this should work fine.

Mounted on a table top, on a non-slip surface, it works fine for rehab arm exercises.

From looking at the competition, I believe the problems I had with this device would only be magnified with a flimsier product. I will continue to experiment and check back if I find any other solutions.
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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
I have owned the MagneTrainer mini for about a year and would either put it in front of or beside my desk because I could not pedal without my knees hitting the desk. That said, I love it and still use it but have it in my living room now.

The DeskCycle is very similar to the MagneTrainer as far excellent build quality and feel, but is made to sit lower to the foor so I can now pedal under the desk without hitting my knees. While the MagneTrainer was better to recline in a desk chair and pedal, this is better to sit forward or straight in the chair and pedal. This allows for easier typing while pedaling. The pedal arms have the same length as the MagneTrainer. However, given the pedal position and seating dynamics the MagneTrainer has more motion with a feel of a regular recumbant exercise bike so you get a bit more of a workout with that. However, this does what it is suppose to and given the restrictions for being under a desk it could not be more perfect.

I am not using the velcro strap to hold the chair as I found it to be too hard to get in and out of my chair which I have to do all day. I rest my palms on the desk when typing and that provides enough resistance and promotes good posture by sitting straight and pedaling in a downward motion to not roll backward.

Because I get in and out of my chair using the velcro straps over my shoes and having to keep looking down to get my feet in was a pain, so I cut the velcro straps off. Now the pedals self balance and automatically rotate in to ready pedaling position... I don't understand why anyone at all would struggle with those straps under a desk. My feet never slip off.

I also got the desk stand directly from 3d innovations and a 1/8 to 1/8 inch stereo cord coupler to connect the cable and can always see how far and fast I'm going.

I usually keep the resistance setting on "3" which allows for fluid and comfortable motion with just enough resistance.

I tried a couple different brands over the years, but never used them because they all sucked. MagneTrainer and DeskCycle are made by the same company and I use them every day. These have the same quality and feel as good recumbent exercise bikes and I dote on them to everyone who inquires.

If you are considering any product like this get this brand as the quality is impeccable.
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79 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2013
Just got one of these after looking for some unobtrusive inexpensive passive-exercise solutions.

I have a sedentary job and middle age is on the horizon and as a result I am constantly on the lookout for ways to spend calories so that they don't show up on my gut.

I've only used it for a couple of hours but so far I am very impressed! Movement is smooth, it is nearly silent, there is a digital readout with some stats (which I WISH included "watts" but is apparently too expensive to include at this time... although they DO provide a way to compute estimated calories and watts "offline"), and although the documentation and packaging is a little rough around the edges, it is clear that care was taken with this new product!

The only possible complaints would be:

1) The velcro strap to secure rolling chairs to the front of the device is hokey (and you can trip over it). I'd prefer (say) a couple of rubber shims that would fit under most rollers and prevent rearward movement instead, or maybe even a 3 foot long angled/curved rubber shim bar that acts like a speed bump and which would go behind the 2 frontmost rollers of your rolling chair.

2) Even though the rubber feet (and the weight of the device) secure it to the floor fairly well, I wish there was even more grip to the floor somehow to prevent it sliding forward/back (suction cups? Even more rubber surface area with the floor? No idea.) Their advice is to point your feet and push down more than out, which works, but is perhaps less than ideal. Raising your chair is not always possible due to fixed desk or chair heights. Perhaps further use will make this go away by getting used to the device.

Thanks for providing this great new product! I look forward to websurfing/game-of-thrones'ing/gaming while biking...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2015
Great device to at least get a little exercise while sitting at my desk!! Only one tool needed, and it comes in the box. You attach a few bolts and screw in the two pedals. I don't use the velcro straps but they might be helpful if your chair rolls away while pedaling.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2015
Really perfect for me. I have averaged about 50 miles per day and have lost 4 pounds in one week. Really well built and totally silent. I'm 5'8 and I do have to sit in a low chair but it works well and I do computer work and talk on the phone while burning about 1000 calories a day! You can't beat that. I was looking at more expensive solutions but I won't look anymore. Completely satisfied.
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
Easy to put together. Although more expensive than other under-desk cycles, still seems a great value considering how sturdy this machine is. Is not light. Although it is small, heavy enough that it is not practical to plan to put away in closet, say, after each use. Not at all wobbly, noisy, or creaky. Doesn't seem to heat up either. Other reviewers are right: the velcro straps to keep from sliding are a bit cheesy. However,the straps are totally effective and easy. So, works for me. Has a wide range of tension settings. I have set it on the lower end of the range and pedaled for several hours barely noticing my effort as I worked on computer. (Although later in the day I felt my legs and abs had had a workout.) Higher end of range gives a serious workout. This one is for my home. After having it for a week and using it daily, I plan to order one for work. Strongly recommended. No reservations.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
The quality is impressive. I've looked at several mini cycles before buying this one. I bought it because I wanted to make sure I had a good fit under a normal office desk, but I was impressed with the quality compared to others. It is practically silent since I can hear the rubbing of my pant legs more than I hear the machine. The magnetic resistance is an excellent mechanism for resistance and stays quiet while giving you resistance. I have recommended to several of my friends. It has dramatically changed my activity level since my job requires so much sitting. I wear a pedometer daily for the last few months. It was taking a 2-3 mile walk after work every night to accumulate 10,000 steps a day. Now, I have 10,000 steps by lunch time and I feel the exercise effects in my legs.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
I look like a dork when pedaling this thing at work, all my buddies make fun of me, but this thing is awesome. My desk is 27in tall, so it does require my legs to be stretched out a couple inches, so i just pull my keyboard and mouse back further and go to town on this thing. I set the resistance to 4 and next thing i know an hour has easily passed. I have a lot of conference calls I'm on and this is perfect for that, I just sit back listen to the call and pedal. I'm in a carpeted building so the device does move when i pedal, but my chair that has wheels does so i do use the velcro strap. I would recommend this to anyone who like me is stuck in an office all day getting fatter by the minute and would like to get some exercise. I contacted the seller for help and they were prompt on their email and had excellent customer service.
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