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A desk designed for cycling

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 5, 2013

Sometimes it drives me crazy, sitting on my butt at my desk for hours a day.

I know, I know. I cover fitness, so I get out more than the average 9-to-5-er. But I still sit at a desk for at least 8 hours most days. And when I do finally stand up, I feel like Quasimodo, hunched over and stiff.

A couple of people in the newsroom have adopted those big bouncy balls instead of office chairs. But I’m too uncoordinated to balance on one all day. (Yes, I’ve tried.)

Maybe what I need is a FitDesk. With one of these nifty cycling desks, I could pedal merrily along, toning my legs and averting petrification while I spat out copy.

Two entrepreneurs came up with the idea while training for a 100-mile cycling fund-raiser three years ago. They decided their desk jobs were weighing them down, and attached a table top to a stationery bike.

That was more than 10,000 FitDesks ago. You can buy one that includes the pedals and cranks, or one that attaches to your existing road bike. (Check them out at

I want one.

I’m just not sure how my office mates would feel about the slinging sweat and zinging gears…