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DeskCycle FAQs

Difference between the DeskCycle and DeskCycle-2

The maximum pedal height of the DeskCycle is 10 inches.
The maximum pedal height of the DeskCycle-2 can be set to either 9 inches or 10 inches.
The lower 9 inch pedal height gives you an additional inch or so of clearance between your knees and the underneath side of your desk.  

Both bikes can be used at 27 inch or taller desks as measured from the floor to the underneath side of your desk.
At a 27 inch desk, the DeskCycle will work for users who are 5 foot 8 inches or shorter and the DeskCycle-2 will work for users who are 5 foot 10 inches or shorter.
We don't recommend using either bike at shorter desks.
If you are taller, you will should use a taller desk.

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Presently the only differences between the DeskCycle and the DeskCycle-2 are,
  • the adjustable pedal height
  • and the new logo.

What is maximum pedal height?
The distance between the floor and the top of the pedal when the pedal is at its highest position.

Why is maximum pedal height important?
Maximum pedal height is important for at least 2 reasons,
  1. A lower pedal height gives you more clearance between the floor and the underneath side of your desk.
  2. The lower your pedals are, the more you tend to push downward on the bike when you pedal. This downward force is what keeps under-desk bikes in place.

What are the maximum pedal heights of the DeskCycle and DeskCycle-2?
  • DeskCycle - The maximum pedal height is 10 inches.
  • DeskCycle-2 - The maximum pedal height can be set to either 9 inches or 10 inches. The adjustable leg lets you select your preferred pedal height.

Yes you can. It's not going to give you bodybuilder legs but it will definitely increase the leg strength of the average person. There are 8 levels of smooth magnetic resistance that let you to gradually increase your strength.

At level 1 anyone can pedal the DeskCycle at a leisurely pace of 15mph. At level 8 it's more than most people can maintain for very long.

Double the pedal speed to quadruple the resistance.
Pedaling faster, exponentially increases the resistance. Most people can't pedal the DeskCycle at 30 mph for more than a few minutes at level 4. Your heart will quickly enter the high cardio zone and your legs will burn within a few minutes.

Yes. To enter your high cardio zone you can pedal the bike at 30 mph on level 3 or level 4.

As an example, if you set the resistance dial to level 4 and pedal at 30 mph you will reach your high cardio heart rate within a few minutes. You could then back off of the pedal speed and/or resistance to maintain your target heart rate. Go here for a sample cardio workout.

Yes. Pedaling the DeskCycle at 15mph at level 3 or less will not make you sweat. Yet it will significanly increase your energy expenditure. Go here to learn more.

The maximum pedal height of the DeskCycle is only 10 inches. This is the lowest pedal height of any pedal exerciser. Because of it's low pedal height it will work better at your desk than any other pedal exerciser.

The DeskCycle was designed to work with desks as low as 27 inches (measured between the floor and underneath side of the desk) by the average male (5'8"). At 5' 8" you may need to push the bike further away from you and extend your legs to prevent your knees from hitting the underneath side of the desk. You may also need to lower your chair. Taller people will need a taller desk.

Yes, the DeskCycle is safe for computers and pacemakers. The magnetic field in the DeskCycle is contained in a closed loop. As an example, if it were possible to put 1000 DeskCycles next to your computer, they would still not be able to affect your computer system.

Old style pacemakers can tolerate about 5 gauss of magnetic field. The newer pacemakers tolerate 10 gauss. The earth’s magnetic field is less than 0.6 gauss. When pedaling the DeskCycle or MagneTrainer with your arms or legs, the magnetic field you get from the bike is not measurable because its considerably lower than the earth’s magnetic field.

We decided not to add this feature because it would likely waste more energy to manufacture the charging circuitry than you would save by using it to charge your cell phone.

Most people are surprised to hear that it only costs about 50 cents per year to charge your cell phone.

The good news is that you can use the DeskCycle to save about 100 times the energy than you would if we added a cell phone charger to the bike. Go to this link for details.