This is an experimental post. It’s also certifiable proof of my geekiness.
See, I’ve been sick. Not sick enough to miss work or be stuck in bed all day, but sick enough that I know I shouldn’t be running. There is a line that you learn not to cross, a line where you have spent the day drinking uncounted cups of hot tea and so many lozenges that you begin to sweat an aura of Fishermen’s Friends. That’s when you don’t go running, knowing that to do so would mess you up even more and you’d be off for weeks rather than just days.
Instead of running I’ve been cross-training. We bought a stationary bike last year and it has been well-used, but I actually made up a schedule for myself for the new year and I’ve been following it. Alas, like running a treadmill (dread-mill) sitting in the basement pedalling away on a bike to nowhere toes the line of insane boredom. I was looking for ways to stay entertained and motivated on these deep, dark runless cross-training episodes. I was needing a way to make the time pass.
And as they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
I don’t recall exactly where the initial inspiration struck, but I was looking at desk bikes on the internet recently and the though occurred to me: I could build that.
Now, as I understand it, exercise equipment frankesteined with office furniture is an old idea with a recent resurgence in popularity. People want to find ways to get their workout in while working, or at least get some quality fitness hours to replace their never-ending sitting. The latter is me.
Now, I get that exercise can be a sacred and meditative bit of personal time spent between person and the universe. I get that. I really do. And for me that’s those hours spent on the trails, soil and asphalt underfoot, winter or summer, the sun in the sky or moon peeking over the darkened rooftops. That is meditative and peaceful and my zen.
But inside on a bike? Give me Netflix or my Kindle, any day. Or Super Bike Desk Version 1.0.
The design is ridiculously simple: I used a bit of old laminated flooring cut to size and shape, drilled through with some strategically placed holes for a four-set of velro straps, and a couple u-brackets are acting to hold the old laptop (I’m not sure if I trust it yet to use the new one) in place.
This is an experiment, this post right now, because I’m typing it on the bike and –oh look– I just hit 6 miles and I barely noticed.
Total cost? $0 with a bit of old scrap bits from the garage. I’m going to try it out a few times and see if I can tweak it and then… Version 2.0: still in development.