It has been a long and wonderful summer. Now that the weather hints at changing, our focus is to preparing for the winter and looking ahead to spring.
I'm starting to clear some room in our new office to set up a couple of desks. Once the snow hits, my summer bike will have a comfortable home, I'll be able to keep riding and not neglect the "day job."
If you are considering a cycling desk, here's what you need to know. First of all, you'll need a good trainer. You can find these through REI or your local bike shop. They can set you up with one that best suited to how you ride. With or without the desk, they're a great way of staying in shape all winter long.
Next up is space. If you go with the big desk, you'll need some room. These were designed to replace a standard office desk. If you're looking to set up a riding desk at home, go with the smaller one. It takes up about half the size of the large one and is easy to move around.
If you're using the desk on a hard surface such as office carpeting or a hard floor, you should be good. Just remember to order the desk for hard surfaces as the footers are different. You may also want to consider a mat to protect your floor. Sweat and moving bike trainers may scratch or leave marks, so taking precautions is never a bad thing.
If you're on carpet with padding, you should be okay. Just order the standard footers.
Computer monitors are okay on the desk. We designed these things to be heavy and strong. They're pretty stable, so long as you don't really knock the thing. As for cables and other items, you can tie them against the cross beam to tuck them out of the way.
Once you have it set up, it's a great way of getting work done while staying true to your cycling addiction throughout those cold winter months.