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My Cat's Review of My FitDesk Exercise Bike

Updated on April 5, 2012

FitDesk Exercise Bike

By Samhain the Cat

A few months ago, my human bought a portable exercise bike with a laptop desk that attaches to the handlebars. At least, that's what she thought the padded top was for. It came with flexible bands to attach her laptop securely.

However, my feeder-person was quite mistaken. In fact, you are supposed to tuck the rubber bands into the pockets on the sides of the "desk" and let them dangle so that I can play with them. Also, the "desk" is not really a laptop stand. It is a cat bed.

I have now trained my human to pedal on the bike for at least half an hour each day. For ten to fifteen minutes she pets me -- yes, while pedaling; it's amazing what tricks humans can perform! -- and then, for twenty to forty minutes, I snooze on the bed while she exercises. The vibration is soothing and relaxing, reminding me of a mother cat's purr.

I will permit my human to watch TV or play video games on the exercise bike once she has finished petting me. However, I have tried my best to discourage her from using her laptop while on the bike. When I catch her browsing the web or doing light work, I hop right up and sprawl on the keyboard to make sure she can't type.

Other than the misunderstanding about the so-called "laptop desk" (which can be removed from the handlebars, but you don't want to do that, because then there's no place for a cat), this is a great piece of exercise equipment.

The "desk" cover can also be removed and washed, but why would you do that? Cat hair adds a touch of elegance to black fabric.

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The underside of the foam top has grooves that fit snugly over the base of the handlebars. It can be scooted forward or back and tipped slightly.Bottom is sturdy. It doesn't wobble when pedaling vigorously.Ack, a hobbit on a bike. Securing your laptop with oversized rubber bands looks a little makeshift, but they aren't in the way, and they do the job. (You really only need one.) That round dark panel at the bottom is the odometer / calorimeter (AA batteries).
The underside of the foam top has grooves that fit snugly over the base of the handlebars. It can be scooted forward or back and tipped slightly.
The underside of the foam top has grooves that fit snugly over the base of the handlebars. It can be scooted forward or back and tipped slightly.
Bottom is sturdy. It doesn't wobble when pedaling vigorously.
Bottom is sturdy. It doesn't wobble when pedaling vigorously.
Ack, a hobbit on a bike.
Ack, a hobbit on a bike.
Securing your laptop with oversized rubber bands looks a little makeshift, but they aren't in the way, and they do the job. (You really only need one.) That round dark panel at the bottom is the odometer / calorimeter (AA batteries).
Securing your laptop with oversized rubber bands looks a little makeshift, but they aren't in the way, and they do the job. (You really only need one.) That round dark panel at the bottom is the odometer / calorimeter (AA batteries).

Stuff My Human Thinks You Should Know

The FitDesk Exercise Bike is an inexpensive piece of exercise equipment that works. It's no-frills, rather like IKEA furniture, and some assembly is required. You have to bolt on the crossbar legs, seat, pedals and handlebars with a provided wrench. Make sure you've got the pedals screwed all the way in, or they'll click. My human has arthritic hands, but was able to put the bike together without assistance.

There is a knob that can be turned to adjust the tension of the pedals, although it seems to go from "too easy" to "moderate, enough to work up a sweat." No extreme mountain-climbing setting, sorry.

A battery-powered odometer on the rear lip of the "desk" tracks time, calories, speed and distance, but the latter two are in kilometers. If a cat were not blocking access to your laptop, then you could log your daily exercise in a spreadsheet which would convert km to miles for you.

The bike weighs about 33 pounds. It has a removable pin to keep it from folding up accidentally, and a hinge like a pair of scissors so that it can be folded and stored in a closet. Small wheels on the bottom front edge make it easy to move.

The bike seat is wide and short in front so that it will accommodate ample butts and not hurt the gents. It's adequate for a couple hours, but not comfortable enough to sit on all day long. Therefore, this remains a workout bike rather than a way to exercise continuously throughout the workday. But at least there's a shelf to rest a book, laptop, tablet, game controller, or...oh yeah, scratch all that, there's a shelf for the cat.

Proper use of FitDesk Exercise Bike

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    • LauraVerderber profile image

      Power Ball Pythons 

      5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      It's so hard doing what we need to do, isn't it? I don't want to sound overly promotional, but I wrote a hub called "15 Easy Ways to Sneak In Exercise". I think that would help you get ideas to get back into being active. I came up with the idea for this article after I got my knee injured in Iraq. I couldn't do running and traditional calisthenics like I was used to, so I had to creative.

    • Greekgeek profile imageAUTHOR

      Ellen 

      5 years ago from California

      Only a little. i was doing really well for a while: I'd gotten up to an hour and a half workout on the bike every day, whereas when I started, half an hour was as much as I could stand! I was losing weight -- only about ten pounds, but it was a start. And I felt a little more energetic. (I have arthritis, so I'm often a little rundown.) Alas, I let myself get out of my routine after tweaking my neck so badly I couldn't do much for a while -- unrelated to the bike; neck issues are part of the arthritis -- and now I need to get BACK to it.

      I.e. like any exercise equipment, it only works if you stay with it. *blush* but it WAS helping!

    • LauraVerderber profile image

      Power Ball Pythons 

      5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      That was hilarious. Glad to see you taking care of yourself and giving love to your cat at the same time. I'd like to get a laptop shelf for an exercise machine as well. Right now I just put mine on top a tall speaker and stand, so that I'm not sitting around for hours at a time. But I think I would burn more calories with an exercise machine. Have you noticed any changes in your health since using this?

    • Ana Cole profile image

      Anna Cole 

      5 years ago from London

      The cat seems to love it :)

    • Greekgeek profile imageAUTHOR

      Ellen 

      6 years ago from California

      Eucharisto. Oh my goodness. I think I need to print that out and frame it!

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      Chris Hugh 

      6 years ago

      Ha, cute Hub. My cats have done a bit of writing on Squidoo, but your cat is much more grammatical. I found a cat/Greek limerick and immediately thought of you.

      There was a young curate of Kew,

      Who kept a black cat n a pew;

      He taught it to speak

      Alphabetical Greek,

      But it never got further than u (the Greek symbol "mu")

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      Jared Israel 

      6 years ago

      This is hysterical. Your cat is brilliant.

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      Blake 

      6 years ago

      I love my fitdesk too, and am extra-grateful now that my cats show no interest in it. BTW, I agree about the seat -- I swapped mine out with a big, uber-comfortable one that lets me stay on much longer. Which is good, because I got this to work on, thankfully with no feline opposition.

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      Steve 

      6 years ago

      Great to see you on a Fitdesk while you write. Writing while peddling an indoor bike has a win-win experience. You can get in great shape on a Fitdesk. I was able to ride for 110 miles over 2 days. So it works.

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Greekgeek . . .this hub, amazing! I was right. YOU are on a higher plane that we are! And I say that in the warmest tones of respect. Voted up and away on this. And Greek, there is NO contact button on your profile to tell you about how very humbled and honored that I am, that you are following me, so I am including my Note of Thanks here. Is that okay? And you feel free to write me anytime. About anything. I am a good listener. Not much of a conversationalist, but a good listener. Now for your note . . .I would like to offer YOU My SINCERE THANK YOU for following me. I am very new to Hubs, and I ask that you be patient with me as I learn all about this hubbing thing. I TRULY VALUE my followers and I shall NOT take YOUR Warm Gesture for granted. I will also write hubs that will be educational, entertaining, a bit dramatic and many times funny. But NOT negative, abusive, or demeaning. If any time my hubs offend or upset you, simply tell ME, before anyone else, and I will remedy the situation pronto. Again, THANK YOU! Sincerely, Kenneth, (my real name. I didn’t know that we could use catchy titles.

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      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Purr-fect! (sorry couldn't resist)

    • rai2722 profile image

      rai2722 

      6 years ago

      Samhain really does write a great review.

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      Great, creative review. I hope your human lets you enjoy the bike as often as you like, Samhain. Rated up, useful, and funny!

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      Kristy Callan 

      6 years ago from Australia

      What a cute review! Thank you, Samhain the cat!

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