People are drawn towards you as if you’re flogging ice-cream on a hot day
Zoe WilliamsSat 4 Aug 2018 07.00 BST
There is no better known poison to skeleto-muscular health than the desk job: sedentary all day, probably slouching, knackering your neck by trying to type with a phone cradled in it, numbing your butt: it’s amazing any of us survive to retirement.
In recent years, people have begun to rave about the standing desk, which is much like a regular desk, except higher and much more expensive. The bike desk (full name FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro) is basically an exercise bike with a small desk big enough for a laptop. It will also function for standing (you pull forward the desk and ignore the saddle), but considering I won’t even remain on my feet to clean my teeth, there was no chance.
However, cycling while working seemed reasonable. I cycle anyway, and always thought of it as multitasking: travelling and also thinking. The bike has a display that you can toggle between calories burned, speed and distance. Those calorie counters are wildly inaccurate unless they also take your weight, and the distance seemed rather theoretical, given that I wasn’t moving – so I stuck with speed and cycled at about 22km an hour. For the first five minutes. It is impossible to concentrate at that velocity. I couldn’t even reply to the most basic emails about where I was and how long I’d be there.