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Owners Manual

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 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 and dust.
  • 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.
  • The Magnetrainer 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 described.
  • 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 exercise program.

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 please read the following information:

1. When cycling you must use downward force on the pedals and not forward pushing force, if you push forwards the bike will move especially on polished floors. If doing high intensity workouts we suggest using the anchor strap provide or place the bike against a wall or heavy piece of furniture.

2. The two pedals are DIFFERENT! One goes into the left hand crank and the other the right. Do not mix them up or try and force them in otherwise you may strip the thread.

Assembling your DeskCycle

Display Bracket
Right Pedal
Large Leg
Resistance Control Knob
Left Pedal
Small Leg

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Step 1: Install the Large Leg

Remove the nuts and washers from the Large Leg.

Align the bolts of the Fixed 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 bolt.

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 be loose.

Place the Bike onto a smooth flat surface, like a kitchen floor.

Tighten the four leg nuts using the supplied Tool.

Tighten the four Leg Nuts

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Step 4: Install the Pedals

Screw the left pedal into the left pedal arm COUNTER-CLOCKWISE.

Screw the right pedal into the right pedal arm CLOCKWISE.


Tighten the pedals well using the tool!

Using the bike with loose pedals will damage the pedal arm threads.

Damaged pedal arm threads are NOT covered under the warranty.

Right Pedal
Pedals are marked!
R = Right
L = Left
Left Pedal
Left Pedal Arm

Step 5: Install the LCD Display

Plug the Connector into the Display. Then carefully slide the Display onto the Display Bracket.

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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 is sliding, then you are pedaling incorrectly. Sitting in a taller chair will force you to pedal downward, however you can pedal downward even when sitting on a couch or a low chair.

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 forward direction.

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 further away from you and extend your legs more. Extending your legs lowers your knees.

Knee position

Your knees should be bent about 25 to 30 degrees from fully extended when the pedal is furthest 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 tension setting.

The higher the number, the higher the pedal resistance.

Tention Indicator

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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.

Top Number:

The top number always displays your pedal speed, in kilometres per hour.

Bottom Number:

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 between,

  • TIME (total Time pedaled)
  • DIST (total Distance pedaled, in Km)
  • CAL (total Calories burned)
  • SCAN
Indicator Arrow
Always Displays Speed
Function Button

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 pedaled.

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?

Only 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.

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How to get accurate calorie counts

We’ve created a free Calorie calculator ( see the section Free Software ) 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 section Free Software for more information.

Care and Maintenance

The DeskCycle requires no maintenance.

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.


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Optional Accessories

Below are some of the accessories available for the DeskCycle.

  • Display with Large Text - Like the display on the bike except that the text is much larger.
  • Display Stand with Extension Cable - Enables you to place the display onto your desktop

Visit the DeskCycle website for a complete list of accessories or email:

Feel free to email us at with any suggestions or comments about our software.

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 dial setting and the pedal speed. The Calorie Calculator is located at the following link:

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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.
  • Labour. All labour 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, 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 email to request a warranty repair. Please provide your invoice number and a description of the problem.


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