Forget About Treadmill Desks: You Need a Bike Desk
Talk about increasing productivity in the workplace. Now, thanks to a new offering from Kickstand Furniture Ltd., you don’t have to be a Tour de France pro or bike courier to get paid to ride your bike. Instead, Kickstand has created a desk that interfaces with your bike, allowing you to work and spin on a stationary trainer at the same time. This large, adjustable desk stands 45 inches high and can be raised up to 47 inches, allowing it to accommodate small, medium, or larger riders. Retail cost is $1,990. Bike and stationary trainer are not included. In the coming months, Kickstand plans to offer a smaller, less expensive desk.
“Essentially I built the first desk for myself because I was spending too much time at my desk and not enough riding my bike,” explained company founder and avid cyclist Dan Young. “As soon as I started talking about the idea with my cycling friends it was clear there was a potential market there.” The desks are manufactured in Cleveland and can be customized with a wood or glass top, and brushed- or raw-steel frame. Work surface area measures a sprawling 60x30 inches, and the desktop slides back and forth, making it easy to get on and off your bike.
“The key is finding the balance between cadence and heart rate, and your ability to stay focused on a given task,” adds Young. “The interesting thing I’ve found is that there is a sweet spot where my focus actually seems to increase, and I become more disciplined about accomplishing the task I’m working on.”
If you’re not a cyclist, don’t fret. You can still exercise — and work. There are a variety of treadmill-desk options available from companies such as Trek Desk and TreadDesk Inc. Or check a recent IFE post with guidance on how to build your own treadmill desk.
—Jason Sumner, Bicycling Reporter
Photo Courtesy: Kickstand Furniture Ltd.