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5.0 out of 5 stars This Writer Loves Her FitDesk, December 15, 2011
This review is from: FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk (Misc.)
What a great idea - a stationary bicycle with a laptop shelf! The FitDesk was designed to erase the excuse, "I have no time to exercise because I have to work at my computer." It's a lightweight, small-footprint, stationary bicycle with a shelf sitting on the handlebars where your laptop can sit, so you can pedal your way to a fitter you without taking time from your workday.

My doctor had recommended stationary cycling to ease the arthritis in my 68-year-old knees, which ache from the dancing and walking that I love to do. I thought stationary cycling would be the dullest kind of exercise, but if I could work at the same time... ?

My first day, I pedaled and worked for 65 minutes. The next day, the same. Now I use it for at least an hour a day, every day, with great pleasure. Today it was two hours -- and I'm getting work done!

Can I concentrate as well when I cycle? Not quite - I've found several times that if my concentration gets super intense, I tend to pause my pedaling, and vice versa: if I'm pedaling hard, I get lost in the physicality. Reading works best, research and note taking second best, so that's how I choose the work for my pedaling time. Your mileage may vary.

Some reviewers reported that the seat is uncomfortable. I understand that the FitDesk seat has been upgraded since its early days. It's now cushioned and pretty comfortable, though I think your personal comfort will depend on the size of padding of your own rear end. No bicycle seat feels like a sofa anyway.

I didn't find the seat uncomfortable until I pedaled for more than 45 minutes, but that's the point - to keep pedaling. So I bought cycling shorts, and that solved the problem for me. If you've never used cycling shorts, they're made with padding that nestles and cushions the crotch, inner thighs, and butt where these tender parts rest on or rub against the seat. I recommend cycling shorts.

Now here's what I really love. My arthritic knees feel better for much of the day after I lubricate the joints by cycling. I've reduced my arthritis meds, in fact. I really love this bike.

My complete review is online at joanprice.com under Fitness/ Cool Tools.
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