…And How to Fix Them
1. Chair Slides While Pedalling
Sometimes when using an office chair the pedal machine might be nicely secured but your chair ends up rolling around.
- a.) One of the smartest inventions to date are wheels that lock when you sit. They are economical and don’t need you to do anything other than just sit. Easily replace the wheels that came on your chair with these Sit-Brake Casters
b.) If you have your chair on a Plexiglas mat, it may be time to retire it. It is healthier to get up out of your chair more often then you think. Put your chair back on the carpet. If you can’t easily roll your chair around it might encourage you to stand more often.
Here are some more ideas on how to stop your chair from rolling.
2. Pedaller Slipping on Floor
The one most common complaints about mini pedallers is how easily they can slip on the floor.
The main reason for this is because they are lightweight. Even the heaviest of under desk cycles is less than 25 lbs. They are made to be portable and used for sitting in a chair.
Many people try to use the pedals at an angle similar to a recumbent bike. Because the pedals are so light they will be pushed away from you when you use them at this angle with any force.
Look at how the woman below on the left is seated in relation to the pedals, this will give you a better idea of how you can operate your exerciser. Here is a link to the DeskCycle page that shows you how to pedal your mini pedaller.
Ways to Keep the Pedal Exerciser from Slipping
People can be quite innovative about what they do to keep their pedals from slipping away. Here is a few suggestions that others have found quite helpful.
- a.) Butt it up against the wall or a heavier piece of furniture.
b.) Turn the rubber feet so they dig in.
c.) Get a long strip of carpet, anchor the pedal feet to the carpet and put the other end under the chair.
d.) Put rubber matting under your pedals designed for desk pedal and mini stepper machines.
e.) You can also try a tether to attach the deck cycle to your chair so they don’t slip apart from one another.
3. Loud and Noisy Pedal Exerciser
Some people mind the noise from the friction tension style bikes.
The friction style of tension resistance will create more of a noise than the whisper quiet magnetic resistance pedal exercisers.
To help with this try graphite powder. Back out the tension screw and put the graphite powder on the contact area. Re-tighten the screw and you should notice it is quieter.
4. Pedal Frame Gets Really Hot
Friction tension bikes can heat up around the tension knob after only 15 minutes of use.
The magnetic resistance bikes don’t have this problem so one option is to upgrade to the DeskCycle or Medical Pedaller. Another option is to try and lubricate the area with the Graphite Power lubricant mentioned above.
5. Knees hit the Underside of the Desk
Not every pedal exerciser is low enough to offer comfortable pedalling under a desk. The lowest profile bike available on the market today is the DeskCycle and even some people will still contact their desk with their knees.
Options to fix this are:
- 1. Try pushing your chair back a bit and see if a new angle will help.
2. Raise your desk using bed risers under the legs or even blocks.
3. If the keyboard is in the way, remove it and use a different style of keyboard attachment that will be ergonomic and useful.
4. Switch to an adjustable height desk.
5. Try lowering your chair.
6. If you have the DeskCycle there is an optional front leg that will lower your bike by another inch.
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