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Precautions and Safety ________________________________________________ 1
Assembling your DeskCycle _____________________________________________ 2
Using the DeskCycle ___________________________________________________ 4
Adjusting the Pedal Resistance __________________________________________ 4
Using the Velcro® Tether with Rolling Chairs _______________________________ 5
Using the Display _____________________________________________________ 6
Using Threadlocker on the Pedal Threads _________________________________ 7
Optional Accessories __________________________________________________ 7
Free Online Calorie Calculator __________________________________________ 7
Care and Maintenance ________________________________________________ 8
Support _____________________________________________________________ 8
Contact _____________________________________________________________ 8
Warranty ___________________________________________________________ 9
Precautions and Safety
Failure to observe these warnings could result in physical injury or damage to the DeskCycle.
Use the DeskCycle indoors on a level surface. Keep the DeskCycle away from moisture
Make sure that the pedals are on tight. Loose pedals will slowly come undone. Using the
bike with loose pedals can damage the threads on the crank arms. Stripped crank-arm
threads are not covered by the warranty.
Do not subject the bike to heavy shock or treat it excessively. Do not disassemble or
modify it. Doing so will void the warranty.
The DeskCycle has sealed bearings and is maintenance free. Lubricants are not necessary
and can actually damage the bike.
Do not place the bike in a location where it will be in contact with direct sunlight or where
it will be exposed to high temperatures or excessive humidity.
Warning! To reduce the risk of serious injury, please read the following safety precautions
before using the DeskCycle.
Read all instructions in this manual before using the DeskCycle. Use the DeskCycle only as
It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that all users of the DeskCycle are
adequately informed of all precautions.
Never use this device after drinking alcohol; doing so is dangerous and could result in
serious injury or accident.
Do not place this device in a location where it may cause an obstruction. Do not leave the
device unattended after use. Be sure to move and store it in a safe place to avoid injury.
Consult Your Physician
It is always important to consult your physician before starting an exercise program. This is
particularly true if any of the following apply to your current medical condition:
Chest pain or pain in the neck and/or arm
Shortness of breath
A diagnosed heart condition
Joint and/or bone problems
Currently taking cardiac and/or blood pressure medications
Have not previously been physically active
Dizziness or blurred vision
Those with physical handicaps should use this device only under supervision.
If none of these apply to you then start gradually and sensibly. However, if you feel any of the
physical symptoms listed above when you start your exercise program, contact your physician
right away. If one or more of the statements listed above applies for you, see your physician
before beginning an exercise program. An exercise-stress test may be used to help plan your
Assembling your DeskCycle
Step 1: Install the Large Leg
Remove the nuts and washers from the
Align the bolts of the Large Leg with the
holes in the Bike, and push the bolts
through the holes.
Attach a washer and a nut to each bolt.
Do Not tighten the nuts until step 3.
Step 2: Install the Small Leg
Remove the nuts and washers from
the Small Leg.
Align the bolts of the Small Leg with
the holes in the Bike, and push the
bolts through the holes.
Attach a washer and a nut to each
Do Not tighten the nuts until step 3.
Step 3: Level the Bike
At this point the four nuts that
attach the legs to the bike should
Place the Bike onto a smooth flat
surface, like a kitchen floor.
Tighten the four leg nuts using the
Step 4: Install the Pedals
If you plan to pedal the
DeskCycle backwards you will
need to apply the Blue
Threadlocker to the pedal
threads before installing them!
See the section Using
Threadlocker on the Pedal
Threads for more details.
Tighten the pedals well using the
tool! Using the bike with loose
pedals will damage the pedal arm
Screw the left pedal
into the left pedal arm
Screw the right pedal
into the right pedal
Step 5: Install the LCD
Plug the Connector into the Display.
Then carefully slide the Display onto
the Display Bracket.
Using the DeskCycle
Start at the Minimum Resistance
When you first get the bike, start off at the lowest pedal resistance setting. Gradually increase
the tension as you get used to pedaling the bike downward. It’s easier to learn how to use the
bike correctly at the lower resistances.
Pedal Downward (Important!
The most important advice we can give
you is to pedal downward. This will keep
the bike in place. If the bike slides, then
you are pedaling forward.
Point your Toes Forward
If you point your toes upward, your
heels may hit the ground. If this
happens, simply rotate your feet so that
they are pointing more toward the
For more information got to
If your Knees Hit your Desk
If your desk is short your knees may hit the underside of your desk when you pedal the bike.
In this case you should move the bike farther away from you and extend your legs more.
Extending your legs lowers your knees.
Don’t Overextend your Legs
Your knees should be bent about 25 degrees from fully-extended when the pedal is farthest
away from you.
Exercise at Work or Home
Use the DeskCycle while sitting at your desk, on the couch, or in a comfortable chair.
Use it while working, watching television, reading a book, or on the phone.
Use it just about anywhere when you’re sitting down and your legs are free.
Adjusting the Pedal Resistance
There are 8 tension settings.
The Tension Indicator arrow points to the current
The higher the number, the higher the pedal
Using the Velcro® Tether with Rolling Chairs
The DeskCycle™ comes with a long Velcro strap that can be used to tether the bike to the
chair as shown in the picture below. The strap is made from Velcro Loop material.
On the back side of one end is Velcro Hook material.
Do I need the Tether?
Most people don’t need the tether. Pedaling the bike downward will keep it in place. The tether
may be needed if you use a rolling chair on a smooth surface. In this case the tether keeps the
chair from rolling away from the bike.
1. Position the bike in front of the chair.
2. Sit in your chair and pedal the bike. Your knees should be bent about 25 degrees from
fully-extended when the pedal is farthest away from you.
3. Route the Velcro strap as shown in the picture below. Keep the strap as low as
possible. Stretch the loop tight and attach the end with the Hook material to the Loop
material to make a tight loop.
4. Pedal the bike to make sure the distance is correct. Adjust if necessary.
5. With a pair of scissors, cut away the excess Velcro strap. This will make it easy to
create the same size loop later.
You may want to remove the tether when not using the bike to prevent a tripping hazard!
Using the Display
How to Read the Display
There are two numbers displayed on the
monitor, one on the top and one on the bottom.
The top number always displays your pedal
speed, in miles per hour.
The bottom number can display Distance,
Calories or Time.
The Function Button
Press this button to change what is displayed by
the bottom number. Each time you press the
Function Button the Indicator Arrow moves
TIME (total Time pedaled),
DIST (total Distance pedaled, in miles),
CAL (total Calories burned),
The Indicator Arrow points to the function that is being displayed. For example, in the picture
the Indicator Arrow is pointing to DIST, so the lower number displays the total distance
What is SCAN?
When SCAN is selected, the lower number will cycle between displaying Time, Distance and
Calories. Each will be displayed for about 6 seconds. Another Indicator Arrow will point to the
function (Time, Distance or Calories) that is being displayed.
How to Reset Total Time, Total Distance and Calories
Time, Distance and Calories are accumulated as you pedal. To reset these all to zero, press
and hold the Function Button for at least 3 seconds.
How to Turn the Display On and Off
The display turns on automatically when you pedal the bike. You can also turn the display on
by pressing the Function Button. You do not need to turn the display off. It will turn off
automatically a few minutes after you stop pedaling.
Are the Calories on the Display Accurate?
The calories are most accurate if the pedal resistance is at maximum. All mini exercise bikes
(and many full-sized bikes) do not measure the power put into the bike. Measuring power is
very expensive, but it is needed for a reasonable calculation.
How to Get Accurate Calorie Counts
We’ve created a free Calorie Calculator (see the section Free Online Calorie Calculator) which
solves this problem. It uses your gender, height, weight, age, pedal speed and the DeskCycle
knob position to calculate calories burned. It also calculates the wattage of the bike from the
resistance knob position and your pedal speed.
See the Free Online Calorie Calculator section for more information.
Using Threadlocker on the Pedal Threads
We provide a small bottle of Blue threadlocker with every bike. Only use it if you need it.
Who Needs to Use the Threadlocker?
If you plan to pedal the bike backwards, you will need to use the threadlocker. Pedaling
the bike backwards can loosen the pedals over time. The threadlocker will prevent this.
If the pedals come loose when using the bike, you should immediately stop using the
bike and apply the threadlocker to the pedal threads. Using the bike with loose pedals
will eventually damage the crank arm threads. Crank arm thread damage is not
covered under the warranty.
How to Apply the Threadlocker
1. If the pedals are already installed on the bike, you will need to remove them in order to
apply the threadlocker.
2. Apply the threadlocker to the pedal threads.
3. Screw the pedals in and tighten with the tool that comes with the bike. Make sure the
pedals are tight. If you no longer have this tool you can use a 15mm open-end wrench.
4. You should wait 24 hours before you pedal the bike backwards.
Where Can I Get More Blue Threadlocker?
If the pedals come loose and you no longer have the provided bottle of threadlocker, you can
purchase Blue Loctite® at any hardware store or at an online store like Amazon.com. Make
sure it is Blue Loctite®. Red Loctite® will make it nearly impossible to remove the pedal.
If You Need to Remove the Pedals.
The Blue threadlocker keeps the pedals from coming undone. It also makes them harder to
remove in the event that you need to replace them. You will need to use a 15mm open-end
wrench to remove the pedals. If you have trouble removing the pedals, you can take the bike
to a local bike shop to do this for you.
Below are some of the accessories available for the DeskCycle.
Display Stand with Extension Cable – The Display Stand lets you to place the
display on the top of our desk.
Display with Large Text – This Display is like the display on the bike except that the
text is about twice the size. This is not recommended when using the DeskCycle at
Visit the DeskCycle website
for a complete list of accessories.
Free Online Calorie Calculator
Calorie Calculator – Provides accurate calculation of calories burned when using the bike.
The Calorie Calculator uses your height, weight, gender, and age for improved accuracy. It
also calculates the wattage of the bike from the knob setting and the pedal speed.
The Calorie Calculator is located at the following link.
Feel free to email us at
with any suggestions or comments about
Care and Maintenance
The DeskCycle requires no maintenance.
Do Not Lubricate
The DeskCycle contains sealed bearings for years of maintenance-free use. No lubrication is
needed. In fact, some lubricants contain chemicals that can actually harm the bearings.
The best place to look for answers is the DeskCycle website
If you don’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to call or email us with your questions or
We stand behind our products. The DeskCycle and its accessories are covered by a one year
warranty on all parts and labor. This warranty is for US customers only; outside of the US, the
warranty depends on your local retailer.
What is covered?
3D Innovations warrants the DeskCycle and accessories against defects in material or
workmanship for a full year from the date of purchase. 3D Innovations will, at its option,
repair or replace the object.
Parts: All parts are covered under this warranty.
Labor: All labor is covered under this warranty. In most cases a local bike shop can
perform the repairs and the labor charge is reimbursed to the customer.
Shipping: For the first 30 days, 3D Innovations pays for all shipping. After the first 30
days, 3D Innovations pays for the shipping to the customer and the customer pays for
the shipping to 3D Innovations. In most cases there will be no shipping cost since a
local bike shop can perform most repairs. The labor charge of the bike shop is
reimbursed to the customer by 3D Innovations.
What is not covered?
This warranty does not cover damage caused by neglect, abuse or misuse.
How do I get Service?
Contact us by phone or by email to request a warranty repair.
Please provide your invoice number and a description of the problem.
Phone: 1-877-426-3292 option 2
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