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3D innovations DeskCycle2 User Manual

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Order# _____________________


Serial# _____________________

The serial number is on the bottom of 

the DeskCycle.


Visit us at 




•  Usage Tips

•  Calorie Calculator

•  Accessories

•  And More



Web: 3DInnovations.com/contact_support/

Phone: 877-426-3292 (US customers only)




With 2-Level Height Adjustment


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Failure to observe these warnings could result in physical injury or damage to the DeskCycle.

•  Do not stand on the pedals! Use the DeskCycle only while sitting. Standing on the pedals 

can damage the bike.

•  Use the DeskCycle indoors on a level surface.  Keep the DeskCycle away from moisture and dust.

•  Make sure that the pedals are screwed in as tightly as possible. Loose pedals will slowly come 

undone. Using the bike with loose pedals can damage the threads in the pedal arms. 

•  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.

•  Do not stand on the pedals! Use the DeskCycle only while sitting. 

•  Do not place this device in a location where it may cause an obstruction. 

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 exercise program.

Precautions And Safety


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Table Of Contents


Using the DeskCycle at Your Desk

Other Uses

Adjusting the Resistance

Locking the DeskCycle to Your Desk

Using the Display

Online Calorie Calculator

Display Stand for Your Desk

Using the Tether for Slippery Floors

Removing the Pedal Straps

Care and Maintenance

Optional Accessories

Raising the Bike Height





















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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 


, and push the bolts through the holes. 

•  Attach a 


 and a 


 to each bolt. 

Do NOT tighten the nuts until step 3.

Step 1: Install the Large Leg

•  Remove the nuts and washers from the 

Large Leg

•  Align the bolts of the 

Large Leg

 with the holes in the 


, and push the bolts through the holes. 

•  Attach a 


 and a 


 to each bolt. 

Do NOT tighten the nuts until step 3.


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Assembly (continued)

Tips for Installing the Pedals:

1.  Make sure the pedal is straight when 

you screw it in.


Rotate the shaft with your fingers to get 

the threads started.

3.  If you can’t get the threads started with 

your fingers then it is cross threaded. 

Unscrew the pedal, make sure the pedal 

is straight, and then try again.

Step 6: Install the LCD Display 

•  Plug the 


 into the 


•  Carefully slide the 


 onto the 

Display Bracket

 as shown in the 


Step 5: Insert the Battery into the Display

•  There is a door on the back of the 


. It 

snaps in and out. The latch is at the top. Pry the  

top of the door out with your index finger.

•  Remove any plastic wrapping from the Battery.
•  Insert the Battery. Pay attention to the polarity.
•  Press the door back into the display. Insert the 

bottom edge first.

•  Screw the 

Left Pedal

 into the 

Left Pedal Arm



•  Screw the 

Right Pedal 

into the 

Right Pedal Arm



Step 4: Install the Pedals


Using the bike with loose pedals will damage 

the pedal arm threads!

There is a 

Left Pedal

 and a 

Right Pedal

. They are 

marked with an 



or an 




the end of the pedal shaft.

Step 3: Level the Bike & Tighten Nuts

At this point the four nuts that attach the legs 

to the 


 should be loose.

•  Place the 


 onto a smooth flat surface.

•  Tighten the four leg nuts using the supplied 


Do not over-tighten the nuts!


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Using the DeskCycle at Your Desk

The Proper Technique for Using the DeskCycle

Using the DeskCycle correctly will keep your upper body still, keep your chair from swiveling, and 

prevent you from pushing the bike away from you. For best results, practice using the DeskCycle as 

described in the steps below at the minimum resistance. Do this for a week before you increase the 

resistance to 2. Then use it at 2 for at least a week before increasing to 3.

Step 1. Pedal Downward

The most important advice we can give you is to pedal downward. This will keep the bike in place. 

If the bike moves away from you then you are not pedaling downward. 

1.  Begin pushing down on the pedal when the pedal arm is around the 1 o’clock position (just past the 

highest pedal position).

2.  Stop applying force to the pedal when it’s at the lowest position.

3.  You should pedal downward throughout this range as shown by the arrows in the picture.


Point your toes forward on the downward stroke. This keeps your heels from hitting the floor or the 

rear leg.

Step 2. Keep Your Upper Body Still. Pedal with Your Legs, Not Your Body.

Keeping your upper body still makes it easy to focus on your work. Your body should not move from 

side to side and your chair should not swivel when pedaling the bike. 

•  Pedal with your legs, not your body

•  Don’t rock from side to side

•  Pedal downward

Step 3. Keep Your Feet Level on the Downward Stroke

When pedaling downward, point your toes forward so that your feet are level to the ground. This will 

prevent your heel from hitting the ground or the rear bar. See the picture below for reference.

Keep the Resistance Low (3 or less) When Working at Your Desk

Most people should not exceed the resistance setting of 3 when working at their desk.

Higher resistances can be distracting. However, some people do just fine on level 4. The key is to train 

yourself using the proper technique at the lower resistances. See the previous section for details.


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Using the DeskCycle at Your Desk (continued)

Other Uses

Getting Cardio Workout with  the DeskCycle

The following steps demonstrate how to do this.

1.  Set the pedal resistance to 4.

2.  Sit in a taller chair so that you pedal downward on the pedals.

3.  Pedal the bike at a speed of at least 30 mph.

Within a few minutes your legs will burn and your heart rate will 

quickly elevate. Most people won’t be able to maintain 30 mph for 

more than a few minutes. 

Note, this is for demonstration purposes only!


For actual workout suggestions, see the following web page.


Other Times to Use the DeskCycle

Use the DeskCycle while, 

•  Working at your desk, 

•  Watching television, 

•  Playing video games, 

•  Reading a book, 

•  Using your phone,

•  Or other times when you’re sitting and your legs are free.

Ergonomic Considerations

1. Keep your Back Supported

If your chair seat is too deep, you may need to sit towards the front of your chair in order to use the 

bike. In this case you can place a lumbar cushion behind your back for support. 

2. Sit up Straight

Don’t slouch. Sitting up straight while using the DeskCycle will help strengthen your core. It’s also 

good for your spine.

If Your Knees Hit the Under Side of Your Desk

The DeskCycle-2 has the lowest pedal height (only 9 inches) of all mini exercise bikes. Because of this 

it can work at a desk as short as 27 inches by a person who is 5 foot 10 inches or shorter. If you are 

taller than this, you will likely need a taller desk. We don’t recommend it for desks shorter than 27 


Below are some things that will lower your knees:

•  Lower your chair. This can lower your knees by several inches. In most cases this is all you need to 

do. Some chairs go as low as 15 inches.

•  Point your toes upward on the upward pedal stroke. Then point your toes forward on the downward 

pedal stroke. When your toes are pointing upward, your knees will be lower by an inch or two. This 

technique will exercise your calve muscles as well.

•  Move the bike farther away from you and extend your legs more. Extending your legs lowers your 

knees. You may not be able to do this if your desk is not very deep underneath.

For more details information go to DeskCycle.com and click on the ‘

How To Use’

 menu item.


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Using the Display

The Mode Select Button

Press the 

Mode Select Button

 to select what 

the bottom number displays. 

Each time you press the 

Mode Select Button,


the mode changes between the 5 modes 



2.  RPM 

(Revolutions Per Minute)

3.  DIST (Distance)

4.  TIME 


5.  CALS 

(Estimated Calories)


When the 

Scan Mode Indicator

 is visible, the 

lower number will cycle between displaying 

RPM, Distance, Time and Calories. Each will 

be displayed for about 5 seconds at a time.

There are two numbers on the display; one on the top and one on the bottom. See the image below.

•  The 

Top Number

 always displays your pedal speed. An 


 on the right side of this number indicates 

miles per hour. In some countries this will be a 


, indicating kilometers per hour.

•  The Bottom Number

 displays RPM, Distance, Time or Calories.

How to Reset DISTANCE, Time and Calories

Time, Distance and Calories are accumulated as you pedal. To reset these all to zero, simply press and 

hold the 

Mode Button 

for about 3 seconds.

How to Turn the Display On and Off

The display automatically turns on when you pedal the bike. You can also turn the display on by 

pressing the 

Mode Button

. The display automatically turns off a few minutes after you stop pedaling. 


When the 

Calorie Indicator

 is visible, the bottom number displays an 

estimate of the number of calories burned since the display was last 

reset. The image to the right shows 536 calories.


When the 

Time Indicator

 is visible, the bottom number displays the 

total time you’ve used the bike since the display was last reset. The 

image to the right shows 95 minutes and 19 seconds.


When the 

Distance Indicator

 is visible, the bottom number displays 

an estimate of the total distance you’ve pedaled since the display was 

last reset. The image to the right shows 22.2 miles. Note the 


 in the 

picture to the right indicates miles. If your display shows a 


, then the 

reading would be 22.2 kilometers.

RPM Mode 

When the 

RPM Indicator

 is visible, the bottom number 

displays your average pedal speed in Revolutions Per Minute. The 

image to the right shows 0 RPM, which means the bike is not being 

pedaled. Also note that the 

Pedaling Indicator

 is not displayed.


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Display Stand for Your Desk

Free Online Calorie Calculator

The DeskCycle comes with a display stand for those who use the 

DeskCycle at their desks.

The Display Stand lets you place your display anywhere on your 


Connection Instructions: 

1.  Plug one end of the extension 

cable into the back of the display. 

2.  Slide the display onto the display 


3.  Place the stand on your desk.
4.  Plug the other end of the cable 

into the female connector on the 

DeskCycle. The female connector 

is shown in the picture to the 


5.  Route the wire so that there is 

no chance that you will hit it with 

your feet while pedaling.

Our Calorie Calculator calculates the power that you 

put into the bike using the resistance dial setting 

and your pedal speed.

It also uses your:

•  Height, 

•  Weight, 

•  Gender, 

•  And age for improved accuracy. 

The Calorie Calculator is free and is located at 


A Much more Accurate Calorie Estimate

Only very expensive ergometers measure power. Power measurement is required for a decent Calorie 

estimate. However most true ergometers don’t take into account the physical characteristics of the 

person using the bike. Without these, the Calorie estimate can be off by more than 100%. 

Our online Calorie Calculator calculates the power and also includes the persons physical 

characteristics to improve the Calorie estimate.



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Using the Tether for Slippery Floors

The DeskCycle comes with a long Velcro® strap. It can be used to tether the bike to the chair as 

shown in the picture below. The strap is made from Velcro® 


 material. On the back side of one end 

is Velcro® 



Most People Don’t Need the Tether

Most people do not need the tether. Pedaling the bike downward will keep it in place on carpet even if 

your chair has wheels. The tether may be needed if you use the bike on a slippery surface. Before you 

decide to use the tether, read the section “Tips for Using the DeskCycle” in this manual.


1.  Position the bike in front of your chair.

2.  Sit in your chair and pedal the bike. Your knees should be bent at about 30 degrees from fully 

extended when the pedal is farthest away from you.

3.  Route the Velcro strap as shown in the picture below. Notice that the strap goes over the rear bike 

leg and under the frame. Keep the strap as low as possible. 

4.  Stretch the loop tight and attach the end with the 


 material to the 


 material to make a 

tight loop.

5.  Pedal the bike to make sure the distance is correct. Adjust if necessary. 

6.  Cut away the excess Velcro strap using a pair of scissors. This will make it easy to quickly create 

the same size loop later.


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Removing the Pedal Straps

Some people prefer to use the bike without the pedals straps. When the pedal straps are removed the 

top of the pedal will always face up. This makes it easier to quickly place your feet on the pedals.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 6

Step 5

Step 1: 

Insert a flat screwdriver into one of the slots. Rotate the 

screwdriver downward to pry the halves apart. You should hear 

a slight pop as one of the snap-fittings comes loose. There are 4 

snap-fittings holding the pedals together.

Step 2:

Insert the screwdriver into the 2nd slot and repeat step 1.

Step 3:

Now insert the screwdriver into the gap on the side of the pedal. 

Twist the screwdriver to pry the halves apart.

Step 4:

Slide the screwdriver to the right and twist again. Repeat until you 

hear the snap-fitting release. 

Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side of the pedal. 

At this point you should be able to pull the halves apart.

Step 5:

The straps are pressed onto the posts as shown in the picture on 

the right. Just pull up on the ends of the straps to remove them.

Step 6:

Press the halves back together.

•  The top and bottom pedal halves snap together. 

•  You can remove the straps whether the pedals are attached to 

the bike or not. 

Follow the steps below to remove the straps.


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Adjusting the Resistance

Adjusting the Pedal Resistance

•  There are 8 tension settings. 

•  The 

Tension Indicator 

arrow points to the current tension 


•  The higher the number, the higher the pedal resistance.

Locking the DeskCycle to Your Desk

There is a Kensington slot on the front leg of the 

DeskCycle. See the picture to the right.

You can use this slot to secure the DeskCycle to 

one of your desk legs with a standard Kensington 

laptop lock (sold separately).


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Optional Accessories

Sit-Brake Casters & Dycem Pads

If using the DeskCycle on a smooth floor your chair will 

want to roll away from the bike. You can use the Velcro® 

tether that came with your DeskCycle to tether the bike 

to your chair (see page 8). 

An alternative is to replace the casters on your chair with 

sit-brake casters. These keep your chair in place when 

you are sitting down, and allow the chair to roll when you 

are not sitting on your chair. These come with Dycem® 

pads which keep the DeskCycle in place on slick floors. 

Go to 


 for a complete list of accessories.


Place the bike on a flat hard surface!

2.  Remove the nut and washer. 

3.  Remove the bolt.

4.  Set the leg to the desired height and replace 

the bolt.

5.  Install the nut and washer.

6.  Tighten the nut.

Raising the Bike Height

Adjusting the Bike Height

This version of the DeskCycle comes with an adjustable leg so 

that you can set the pedal height to 9 inches or 10 inches.

By default, it’s set to 9 inches. Follow the steps below to change 

the height of the DeskCycle.


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Full 1 Year Warranty

We stand behind our products. The DeskCycle and its accessories are covered by a full 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 distributor. 


he support contact link for your country can be found on 

the Contact Us page at deskcycle.com.

What Is Covered

We warrant the DeskCycle against defects in material or workmanship for a full year from the date of 


•  Parts: 

All parts are covered under this warranty.

•  Labor: 

All labor is covered under this warranty. 

•  Shipping:

 All shipping is covered by this warranty.

What Is Not Covered

This warranty does not cover damage caused by neglect, abuse or misuse. 

How do I get Service?

Contact us through 3dinnovations.com, deskcycle.com or contact the store that you purchased it from.

No Need to Register for the Warranty?

We don’t put our customers through the hassle of registering for their warranty. If you purchased the 

bike in the US and use it in the US, you are already covered.

Care and Maintenance


•  Do not stand on the pedals!  The DeskCycle was not designed to be used while standing.


The DeskCycle requires no maintenance. 

Do Not Lubricate

The DeskCycle contains sealed bearings that provide many years of maintenance-free use. No 

lubrication is needed. Some lubricants contain chemicals that can actually harm the bearings.


For answers and support go to DeskCycle.com.


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Are You Installing The Correct Pedal Into The Correct Pedal Arm?

Note that there is a left pedal and a right pedal. They are different from each other.

•  The 


 pedal is marked with an 



•  And the 


 pedal is marked with an 



•  The marking is on the end of the pedal shaft.

•  The pedal arms are also marked with a label.

Make sure you install the left pedal into the left pedal arm and the right pedal into the right pedal arm.

See the “Assembly” section in this manual for more details.

Are You Screwing The Pedals In Correctly?

•  Make sure the pedal is straight when you screw it in. The pedals should not be screwed in at an 

angle. This will cause cross-threading which can damage the threads.

•  Rotate the shaft 



your fingers

 to get the threads started.


If you can’t get the thread started with your fingers then it is cross threaded. Unscrew the pedal, 

make sure the pedal is straight, and then try again. Contact us if you still have problems.

•  The right pedal screws in clockwise

•  The left pedal screws in counter-clockwise. 

If you are still having problems installing the pedals, contact us for assistance.


DeskCycles are designed to be quiet. We guarantee it, and it is covered under the warranty.

Try each solution below to see if it solves your problem. If the noise is still there after you’ve tried 

these solutions, contact us so that we can help you solve the problem.

Solution 1: Tighten The Pedals


Make the pedals as tight as possible using a 15mm wrench. See the Assembly section for instructions.

Solution 2: Tighten The Nuts That Attach The Legs


Each leg is attached to the bike using two nuts. You can use a 13mm wrench to tighten these nuts. Be 

careful not to over-tighten the nuts.

For more troubleshooting topics see our troubleshooting page at 



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