Cycle while you work?

Here's an idea for your office's facilities manager...

by nick_rearden   October 20, 2011  

Kickstand Desk

Kickstand desk offers extra height so bike-starved workers can keep up the mileage.

Plenty of people are buying home trainers at this time of the year but usually to use in the garage and purely for a sweaty workout while the snow piles up outdoors. Dan Young, an IT worker from Cleveland, Ohio has been using his at work, however, and the special tall desk he designed to allow it is now on sale for like-minded office-bound cyclists.

If the Kickstand desk looks like it was engineered by a bicycle framebuilder, it's because a local bike workshop does the welding of the sturdy 50mm-square tubular steel structure which in turn supports either a tempered glass or recycled maple 150 x 75cm worktop.

According to BikeBiz Young says, "Many days I've been tied to my desk, looking for any break where I could cut out for an hour or so to get on my bike and ride. The problem was, the time wasn't there. On the weekends, when I did have a chance to get out for a few hours, I felt slow and sluggish. This wasn't good."

The price of the special desk, just the first from the new Kickstand Furniture concern with the aim of bringing 'cycling into the workplace' is $2,500 which is pricey by IKEA standards but in line with similarly-engineered architectural office furniture.

The next step, we reckon, would be to hook up the trainer to a generator and battery supply so that the office lighting, heating and computer can be human-powered.    


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$2,500 Surprise

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posted by djcritchley [170 posts]
20th October 2011 - 15:24


My saddle is comfy but I don't think I could do 8.5 hours on it!

All the gear and no idea!

posted by JonMack [172 posts]
20th October 2011 - 15:28


You don't want one of these then?

Brooks saddle office stool.jpg

posted by nick_rearden [862 posts]
20th October 2011 - 15:37


Rapha don't make desks but if they did.....


posted by arrieredupeleton [582 posts]
20th October 2011 - 16:28


There's not $2.5k worth of materials and labour in that... but then, there's also not £3k of materials and labour in a carbon frame but some people are still prepared to pay it.


posted by Michael5 [121 posts]
20th October 2011 - 19:02


That's a lot of bad ideas rolled into one. Compared with the position he'd normally adopt on that bike (while actually riding it), spending any time in the position he's got in the photo will lead to a very sore pair of pressure points; also, working at a sweat-spattered desk while your keyboard and mouse short themselves out under your soggy fingers is not going to be much fun. And, given that it's basically just a desk with long legs, why not just bung some bricks under each corner of your normal desk and save yourself a couple of thousand? Stupid, stupid idea, IMO - just because something _can_ be done, doesn't mean it _should_...

posted by Pierre [91 posts]
25th October 2011 - 14:03


SO TRUE! Surprise

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posted by andrew miners [46 posts]
26th October 2011 - 9:00