How To Make An Exercise Desk Bike Out of Your Exercise Bike for Less Than $35 (£35)
Pedaling and Productivity With This Exercise Bike Desk
It’s not listed as an exercise bike desk, but we’ll tell you how to find it!
by Lu, OTL City Guides & Seat Fillers
I’m the last person my family and friends would expect to write a post about exercise bikes or any kind of construction. But that’s why I think this information about “how to make an exercise desk bike” will appeal to so many people.
You don’t need to be a workout junkie, build anything special, or spend more than $35. So, if you want the option to work while you pedal, read on, and I’ll give you the scoop on turning your exercise bike into an exercise desk bike in five minutes.
How To Add an Exercise Bike Desk To YOUR Bike
I hope you’ll read on, as I’ve got more information and an exercise bike recommendation. However, if you’re anxious to start pedaling and working simultaneously, here’s your step-by-step how-to list. You don’t need any tools and it only takes five minutes.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to make an exercise bike desk out of your indoor bike.
- Buy a clamp-on adjustable computer monitor and laptop riser
Amazon.com sells the perfect one by VIVO and it’s under $35. There’s an Amazon.co.uk alternative that’s also less than £35 but doesn’t have the anti-skid pad that VIVO offers.
- Unbox the riser and put the three preassembled pieces together
You don’t need any special tools or skills. It takes less than five minutes and the makeshift exercise bike desk is ready to position.
- Don’t forget to add the anti-skid mat
The VIVO model comes with the mat. If you buy a different laptop riser, be sure it comes with the anti-skid material – it’s necessary to keep your computer in place while you work out.
- Find the best spot on your exercise bike and clamp the desk in place
The C-clamp gives you a few inches to work with so it should easily fit over your bike handle. Once you find a spot that works, turn the knob to tighten the clamp and sturdy your new exercise bike desk.
- Pedal and be productive!
By adding this inexpensive and easy-to-attach laptop riser, you’ve successfully turned your exercise bike into an exercise desk bike. Need the bike, too? Amazon has one by XTERRA that folds-up, wheels away, has an LCD monitor for calories and time tracking – and it’s just over $100 and you can pay in six installments!
Why Would Anyone Need An Exercise Bike With a Desk?
I work from home and spend endless hours on the computer, and I needed to make some positive changes. So, I found an exercise bike on Amazon for less than $120 – and you can even divide it into six payments of just $19.50/month! I figured for that price; it’s worth a shot.
The bike works fine. It’s compact and even folds up so you can wheel it away. I want it out in the open, though, staring me in the face and making me feel guilty if I don’t use it.
Step one of my get back in shape plan – check.
Having the bike a few feet away from me wasn’t enough, though. When I start writing, I like to stick with it. It’s a bit compulsive, I know. But taking time to ride a bike when I could be more productive was another hurdle.
All-In-One Exercise Work Bikes
I’ve seen exercise bikes with workstations built-in, though. I didn’t opt for one because even the least expensive are about double or triple the price of my little XTERRA, and I wasn’t sure if I’d even use it.
How hard could it be to transform my exercise bike into a work exercise bike, though? Actually, it was easy – once I finally found the solution. But that solution took me hours to find, and that’s why I’m excited to share it.
I thought YouTube would be filled with all kinds of products to do the trick. But that’s not the case. Yes, there are a few “how to add an exercise bike workstation” videos, but they require some construction or handiwork that’s not in my wheelhouse.
Features to Look for in Exercise Bike Desks
The lack of information didn’t deter me, though. I turned to Amazon and just started searching (and searching, and searching).
My list of criteria included the following:
- Something that fastens to the bike with a simple clamp
- Stable with a tray that would grip my laptop and hold it in place
As the perfect product didn’t come up after numerous variations of searching for exercise bike desks and laptop trays for exercise bikes, I focused on looking for a laptop stand with a clamp.
Eureka! The perfect product popped up, and it was only $32.99!
Step two of my get back in shape plan – check.
The Clamp-On Exercise Bike Desk Solution
My exercise bike “desk” is the VIVO Clamp-on Universal Height Adjustable Ergonomic Computer Monitor and Laptop Riser Tabletop Desk Stand, C-Clamp Design. Say that three times fast!
No, it’s not an exercise bike workstation per se. But it might be even better because I didn’t have to remove the LCD console that tracks time, distance, etc. In fact, I didn’t have to adjust or take away anything.
All I did was unbox the laptop riser, position the non-slip rubber cover on the top, and fasten it in place by turning the knob on the C-clamp. The clamp is preassembled, and VIVO even provides an Allen wrench with a tiny magnet so you can keep it underneath the tray should you want to adjust the height at any point.
UK Exercise Bike Workstation Alternative
I couldn’t find the same VIVO product on Amazon UK. However, I found a similar clamp-on alternative you can check out. It’s called the REDBAT Monitor Arm and Laptop Tray, and it’s only £33.99. However, you’ll want to customize it with a non-slip mat that you can affix to the laptop tray.
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Why Is the Laptop Riser the Best Solution to Turn Your Exercise Bike into a Work Exercise Bike?
Honestly, I wasn’t sure if the laptop riser would work. There are only so many places you can attach it to, and I thought it might bump up against other parts of the bike, or the handles would get in the way. But it’s perfect.
Benefits of the VIVO Clamp-On Laptop Riser for an Exercise Bike Desk
- It arrives the next day with Amazon Prime
- Inexpensive – it was $32.99 when I purchased
- No assembly is required – well, aside from peeling the sticky backing off the non-slip map and positioning it in place
- Attaches with a simple C-clamp (included and preassembled) – just turn the handle to tighten
- Height-adjustable – with an Allen wrench included in the package
- No need to remove the LCD monitor (on most bikes)
- The mat has an excellent grip – your laptop won’t slide
- Best of all, if you already have an exercise bike, you don’t need to buy a new one to have an exercise work bike.
An Inexpensive Exercise Bike
If you don’t already have an indoor exercise bike and don’t want to spend a fortune on one, I really like the fold-up model I purchased on Amazon.
It’s the XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike, Silver. At the time I’m writing this, it’s priced at $116.99. Or you can opt for six monthly payments of $19.50 a month, but you still get the bike immediately.
This particular exercise bike isn’t anything fancy, but it gets the job done. It’s silver with blue accents near the pedals. The seat is height-adjustable, and there’s a dial in the front with eight resistance levels (I won’t even share what level I’m on – it’s a bit embarrassing). The LCD screen circles through speed, calories, pulse, time, and distance, and the handles and seat are padded.
If you live in a small space or just don’t have room for an exercise bike, it folds up easily, and you can tuck it away in a closet. I think it’s too big to slide under a bed, though.
Alternative Bike Option from Amazon UK
I couldn’t find the exact exercise bike model on Amazon UK, but I found one that looks quite similar. It’s the Ultrasport F-Bike, and it’s also foldable and relatively inexpensive at £79.99 (when I located it).
The Joys of an Exercise Desk Bike
Not everyone will appreciate the work-exercise combination. But you’re reading this, so you must be curious.
I wasn’t sure how it would work or if I’d like it, but I do. It makes the time spent pedaling fly by, and I don’t think about being tired nearly as much. Yes, I’m working up to more distance and time spent on it, but I think focusing on something else makes it much easier.
Tip: I don’t have a treadmill, so I can’t say for sure. But I think the same clamp-on stand could also turn a treadmill into a workstation. All you need is a handle for it to fasten to, and you’re good to go.
Here are handy links to the recommended bike and laptop riser you can use for your exercise bike desk. If you live in the UK, I’ve included some alternatives in the above sections.
Frequently Asked Questions About Exercise Bike Desks or Exercise Bikes with Work Stations
Yes. Especially after COVID lockdowns turned homes into offices, the popularity of work exercise bikes skyrocketed. Amazon has quite a few, including some that fold up and wheel away for easy storage.
For exercise bikes with laptop stands, prices are all over the place but typically start around $200. From there, the sky’s the limit as these workstations have options like Bluetooth connectivity and workout programs.
Yes. Even though you might not find the proper part with a direct search, you can add a clamp-on monitor stand and laptop riser. We’ve got a post on OTLCityGuides.com that details the product information and why it’s an excellent way to add a workstation to your exercise bike for less than $35.