Best CHEAP Bike Trainer Desk - Wahoo Kickr Desk Alternative

Medical overbeds make great bike
trainer desks and are affordable
Wahoo Kickr Desk Alternatives 
Looking for a Wahoo Kickr Desk alternative? Simply put, the best cheap indoor bike trainer desk is a medical overbed. My favorite one is the $60 Vaunn Medical Adjustable Overbed and is the one I use. Some people prefer a stand that has a slot for iPads and this Conquer desk for $139 is similar to the Wahoo Kickr desk in design.

For those unfamiliar, medical overbeds are designed to:
  • Have a telescoping table platform for easy height adjustment
  • Slide underneath the bed of a patient making eating & tv watching easy while in a hospital.
However, these design features make for excellent indoor cycling desks, media carts, and laptop stands and the Vaunn Medical Overbed has the following specific features and benefits:

In lowest (28 highest) and
highest (40 inches) positions
  • 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. Think laptop viewing angle.
  • 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 (less than 10 minutes)
  • Inexpensive
In addition to using the medical overbed as indoor cycling trainer desk, it can also be used 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 recovery compression 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. Some people believe you shouldn't keep a warm laptop in your middle region 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 Bike Trainer Desks on Amazon:

- Vaunn Eva Medical Overbed ($60) - Conquer Desk (Generic Wahoo Kickr Desk) ($139)
- Wahoo Kickr Desk ($249)

Other Recommended Bike Trainer Products:

- Amazon: Generic Cycling Mat (6 feet x 2.5 feet) ($30) (I personally own one, great mat!)

- Amazon: Cyclops Cycling Mat (5.5 feet x 3 feet) ($65) (I personally own one, great mat but pricey!)

- CompetitveCyclist: Wahoo Kickr Smart Power Trainer ($~1200) (I personally own one, my all time favorite trainer!)

- Amazon: Kurt Kinetic Fluid Trainer (~$350) - gold standard trainer for those that don't want a smart trainer - I used a Kurt Kinetic for many years before the dawn of smart trainers. Extremely well built and durable.
- Amazon: Cyclops Hammer Direct Drive Trainer ($999 $699) - great deal on smart trainer as Cyclops rebrands their company under the Saris umbrella.
- Amazon: Saris H3 Direct Drive Trainer ($999) - Newly rebranded and updated direct drive smart trainer.


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

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

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

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

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

  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.

    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 :)

  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