Cycling is one of the most well-rounded forms of cardio out there. Your spin class or outdoor bike ride tasks your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves (and, hey, that core is pretty involved, too). If you want to get cycle-strong while you're still on the clock, under desk bikes are a solid multitasking option.
The under the desk bike community is a passionate one. You wouldn't know it by their flawless Zoom meeting appearances, but they're going to work while they work. Nine-to-five cyclers are clocking miles and miles a day on their stationary bikes, but it also pays to learn from their mistakes before submitting your order.
First, make sure your office setup is ready for a bike. Is your desk high enough to pedal your legs in their full range of motion? Do you have too many computer cords to fit a bike below your desk? And if you're good to go on space, what kind of model do you want? Something with a built-in seat and/or desk? Or a bike setup that consists of only the pedals?
Make sure you have a hard convo with yourself before scrolling down. Then, you're ready to choose from 10 of the best under desk bikes on the market. Below, we've done the research so you can just coast... through your email inbox and to-do list, that is.
Get pedaling with the best under desk bikes
Work hard or just cruise with DeskCycle and its eight resistance settings. An LCD screen allows you to toggle between efforts, so you can bike over imaginary hills or smooth, flat ground as you answer emails, take Zoom calls, and get sh*t done.
Just FYI: Some reviewers warn that the tracking mechanism on the DeskCycle isn’t quite up to snuff, so if you want to keep track of the mileage you’re racking up throughout the day, this bike may not be for you.
The non-slip rubber pads keep this machine stable so you can speed up without the worry of flipping your bike. At $50, this is one of the most affordable under desk bikes on the market.
Just FYI: While the price is competitive, many reviewers warn that the bike feels cheaply produced when you actually start pedaling.
If you want a little more of that on-the-bike feel, this is a great option for your at-home office. Not only will you be working your cycling muscles (your glutes, hammies, quads, and calves), you’ll also be clocking some core work to maintain an upright posture. This baby comes in pink if you want a little pop of color in your workspace.
Just FYI: On the down side, this bike isn’t exactly a space-saver, so don’t shop this model if you only have a little bit of real estate under your desk or if you call a tiny city apartment home.
When you open the box for your Ancheer bike, you’ll find two sets of pedals: one for your feet and one for your hands. Meaning, you can get a lower body workout and upper body workout with this little contraption.
Just FYI: While some folks complain that the Bluetooth functionality has issues, those who want a simple machine that helps them pedal their way through the day will find a lot to love here.
So you want a full desk setup to go along with your bike? This setup has become TikTok famous for its ease of use and “whisper quiet” pedals. (Bonus: It also reportedly takes three minutes to assemble.)
Just FYI: If you’re hoping to bike for more than a few hours, you may consider sticking with the floor pedaling set, however. Some reviewers complain that the seat becomes less and less comfortable as the day wears on.
This little setup comes with eight levels of tension based on 22 pounds of weight. Its aesthetically sleek design will fit seamlessly into any office setup while others may be kind of an eye sore.
Just FYI: Unfortunately, some folks complain that this bike is hard to put together, so make sure you’re up for the challenge.
Go for a (stationary) spin on this bike that offers a thick-cushioned seat and an easy-to-reach-for knob so you can dial up and dial down the tension.
Just FYI: This is another setup that needs plenty of room to work, so make sure to clear out your space before you invite this bike into your home.
If you want something simple and fuss-free, this is the bike for you. You can move this lightweight set around the house or office and even travel with it if you feel so inclined.
Just FYI: That said, if you’re looking for something a little more long-lasting and customizable, it’s best to keep scrolling.
This budget-friendly bike has great reviews. “Because of circulation problems in his legs my husband can’t walk for very long or very far. This exerciser, though, is excellent for keeping his legs moving without weight bearing. He pedals for 20 to 30 minutes a day, and is slowly increasing the tension,” writes one five-star reviewer.
Just FYI: On the not-so-great side, some reviewers complain that the bike can be a little noisy—so beware of bringing this into shared office space.
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