Friday, October 21, 2016

Best Desk for Bike Trainer - Indoor Cycling Bike Stand for Wahoo Kickr, Swift, Trainer Road and more

Medical overbeds are the perfect
portable desks / stands for indoor cycling
(Updated 9/29/2017) More and more people are cycling indoors regardless of the weather outside. Cycling indoors can be a safe, effective, and time-efficient way to improve your cycling. New software tools, like Trainer Road and Zwift, help keep boredom away, while newer trainers, like Cyclops' Hammer and Wahoo's Kickr, provide a realistic ride and feel.
Regardless of your hardware and software choices, everyone needs a stand to place water bottles, food and gels, towels, computers, tablets, phones and more. My favorite cheap solution ($50) is the Vaunn Medical Adjustable Overbed.

For those unfamiliar, medical overbeds are designed to have a telescoping table platform, slide underneath the bed of a patient, and are for tasks like eating & tv watching. However, they make excellent indoor cycling desks, media carts, and laptop stands.

In lowest and highest positions
The Eva Medical Overbed has the following benefits:
  • Adjusts from 28 inches to 40 inches.
  • Has wheels and can be moved easily both for storage or in case you need to adjust the position while cycling. 
  • The height of the table can be adjusted easily with one hand.
  • Stable base with large platform for all your  computer, water, and food needs
  • Easy to put together
  • Inexpensive
In addition to using the medical overbed as a cycling stand, I have learned to use it in other ways including:
Putting the bike back together on a
nice & sunny Wisconsin summer day

Bike Maintenance 
- I will set a towel on top and place all the tools I will need for the job. The telescoping up/down platform is easy to do one-handed and the table moves smoothly.

Laying in the bed with the boots - using the recovery boots and a laptop, although doable, sometimes I prefer to use the overbed as a more stable platform that isn't going up and down with the expansion and contraction of the boots. As a true TV Tray - I will admit, I have never actually used this as a TV tray, but I would presume many people could.

Recommended Product Links:

- Amazon: Vaunn Eva Medical Overbed (~$50)
- CompetitveCyclist: Wahoo Kickr ($~1200)
- Amazon: Kurt Kinetic Fluid Trainer (~$350)
- Amazon: Generic Cycling Mat (6 feet x 2.5 feet) (~$30)
- Amazon: Cyclops Cycling Mat (5.5 feet x 3 feet) (~$65)

Comparison Product Links:

- Amazon: Wahoo Kickr Desk (~$229)
- CompetitiveCyclist: Wahoo Kickr Desk (~$229)

8 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thank you. =)

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    1. You are more than welcome. Sorry for the late reply. This one slipped thru the cracks :)

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    2. Thomas Gerlach. I don't suppose you're from Cologne?

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    3. I am not, sorry. I am from Wisconsin.

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    4. Ah ok. Thank you for letting me know. :)

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  2. Thanks I bought this and using it like you, I put it on the side of my bike and put my laptop there and phone as well. I will drill a big hole in the desk and pull a 6 port USB charger cable through it and place the USB charger on the desk too, I will also run the laptop power cable through the hole too. This way I can neatly run the cables to the top of the desk and charge the laptop and several phones at once. Great post and I got this because of you and like it very much. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. James, glad I could help. I would love to get some pictures of your mods if you care to send them over when you are done :)

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  3. Thanks for this tip. Was getting ready to pull the trigger on the Wahoo desk and did this instead. What a great idea. Saved me a ton of $$$ and I love it

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