Did you know that you don’t actually have to leave your desk, or the couch, for that matter, to get an easy workout in? Enter: the under desk pedaler. This contraption, which is basically a stationary bike without the seat, is a great way to get your legs moving while working at your computer, reading a book or watching television. Here, we did some research and rounded up a few of the best options on the market. Each model we chose is conveniently portable and equipped with an easy-to-read display that allows you to track your time, distance, speed and calories burned.
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1. Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Exercise Bike
Weighing in at about 21 pounds, this style offers eight levels of resistance and non-slip pedals with adjustable straps. The screen displays exercise time, speed, distance, ODM and calories burned.
Pros: It can support up to 220 pounds. An ergonomic carrying handle allows for convenient transport, so you can use it just about anywhere.
Cons: Some may find it moves on certain surfaces.
2. Platinum Fitness Fit-Sit Deluxe Pedal Exerciser
This 6-pound option features a quick folding frame that’s super easy to store. A five function LCD readout displays exercise time, revolution count, revolutions per minute and calories burned.
Pros: The foot straps and tension can be adjusted. New Cool Rev technology prevents the unit from overheating, while an anchor strap limits sliding during use. It comes in five colors.
Cons: Some may find it squeaks slightly when pedaling fast.
3. Hausse Portable Exercise Pedal Bike
This sleek option features an adjustable tension knob so you can customize the intensity of your ride. The LCD screen displays RPM, time, speed, distance and calories burned.
Pros: It also includes anti-slip pedals, adjustable foot straps and a carrying handle for easy transport. It can fit underneath desks above 47 inches tall and comes with an extra strap for securing it.
Cons: Some may find you can’t change the resistance.