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Standing desks are rapidly gaining in popularity as concern grows about the health impacts of spending long periods sitting down. Apple CEO Tim Cook has even described sitting as ‘the new cancer,’ with all Apple Park employees getting height-adjustable sit-stand desks.

We’ve reviewed a few different products, from full-on sit-stand desks to a simple conversion option for laptop users. Flexispot has gone one step further with a couple of its products, however, combining a desk with an exercise cycle …

One option is the Deskcise Pro V9U. This is designed for people who already have a standing desk, or an adjustable sit-stand one. It’s a slimline exercise bike on wheels that you can use with a desk in the standing position.

But if you don’t currently have a standing desk, the company also offers an all-in-one product: the V9 Desk Exercise Bike. This can also double as a standing desk, but more on that later.

Look and feel

Overall, the V9 looks very similar to a conventional home exercise bike. There’s a wide padded saddle to sit on, platform pedals and an LCD data panel able to display things like speed, distance and calories burned. The V9 is mostly made of plastic, with metal downtubes, and is available in black or white.

Handily, it has four castor wheels on folding arms that make it a cinch to wheel around an apartment. The folding arms are particularly handy if you need to fit through a narrow gap.

But the unique feature of the V9 is that, instead of handlebars, there’s a large plastic desk. This is intended to hold a laptop or tablet, and is more than big enough for a 15-inch MacBook Pro.


Flexispot claims that it comes almost entirely assembled and takes just one minute to prepare for use. That may be a slight exaggeration, but it’s certainly true that it’s extremely quick and easy.

Once you’ve removed it from the packaging, you simply place the desk piece into the slot on the bike, fasten a single bolt, unfold the pedals and unfold the arms with the wheels. At that point, it’s fully assembled, and all that remains is to adjust the height and desk position to suit. I was comfortably ready to use it in less than five minutes.

For someone my height – 5’9″ – I found that there was plenty of adjustability. Both saddle and desk lift easily up and down, and the desk also slides smoothly back and forward, locking into the desired position. However, I was using almost the maximum height adjustment on the desk, so do wonder how suitable it might be for someone significantly taller.

In use

There are effectively four ways you can use the V9, so let’s look at each in turn …

As a standard exercise bike

The Flexispot has everything you’d expect from a standard exercise bike. The pedal resistance – which is magnetic – can be adjusted in 8 steps. As a regular cyclist, but one who uses a bike mostly for city transport rather than long-distance rides, I found that level 6 provided an easy level for use while working, 7 gave more of a workout and I had no desire to go any higher than 8. At the lower levels, there’s very little resistance, so I think it would also be suitable for those completely new to cycling.

There’s a standard exercise computer built in. This is just a greyscale LCD screen and no connected features, but it displays time, speed, distance, calories and revolutions-per-minute. There’s also a cupholder for a water bottle to keep you hydrated as you cycle.

One drawback of the desk design is that the data panel can’t be viewed with the desk in use. If you’re using it purely as an exercise bike, then you can slide the desk forward out of the way and see the panel while you’re cycling, but it’s still not a particularly convenient position. It would have been better to build the display into the edge of the desk, but that would have made for a more complex – and more expensive – design.

As a desk cycle

I’m showing it here with an 11-inch MacBook Air, but the desk is plenty large enough for a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the wristpad at the front edge makes it comfortable to use. The upright design of the bike means that there’s no weight on your wrists, so typing is comfortable, and the unit feels solid.

However, the cycling motion does mean that there’s some rocking motion. That does make typing a little more challenging than usual. It’s not impossible to type away at a reduced speed, but I’d say that the desk is more suitable for mixed work than writing a novel.

As a standing desk

If you hop off the bike and simply stand facing the front of it, you now have a standing desk – albeit without the wristpad. I did need to reduce the height of the desk for this, so it’s not instant to switch between cycling and standing modes, but there is plenty of height adjustment available.

Again, in this mode, the desk is plenty big enough for a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

As a ‘Netflix and cycle’ device

In addition to using it to work, the V9 also works well for leisure use – watching something on Netflix while getting some exercise, for example.

In this mode, I either let my arms hang at my side, or rested them on the desk. Putting the display in calorie mode lets you see whether you can balance out the popcorn intake with exercise …

Price and conclusions

The V9 costs $400.

Regular exercise bikes vary tremendously in quality and price, so it’s hard to assign a direct equivalent. There are budget models starting at less than a hundred bucks, but in general, bikes with broadly similar designs, magnetic resistance and displays seem to go for somewhere in the $200-300 range, so you’re paying around $100-200 more for the desk function.

Given that you’re getting a lot more functionality out of it, I’d say this makes it decent value.

Living in a relatively small city-center apartment, space is always a consideration. My initial expectation was that I wouldn’t want to keep is, as we simply don’t have room given that it can’t replace my desk, which uses a monitor alongside the MacBook Pro.

But I must say that it’s a very painless way to exercise, and so far at least, I’m keeping it in my office. If you’re more of a walker or runner, check out the treadmill in the video below.

Flexispot is available in a choice of black and white. The desk version costs $399.99, while the model designed for use with an existing standing desk costs $299.99. Both are available from Amazon.

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Standing Desks: Should You Get One?

Back in the 19th century, a desk that you could use while standing was the bourgeois luxury of the time. Fast forward to the first quarter of the 21st century, and we’re seeing the trend pick up again. What’s happening? Did our centuries somehow collide with one another? Or are people starting to buy standing desks for good reasons? There’s a lot of back-and-forth going on regarding the standing desk innovation, and I’m going to try to clear all of it up for you so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you should buy one or not.

Health Benefits

Almost everyone on the web is touting the health benefits of getting a standing desk. This comes from a very simple theory, and it goes something like this:

As a result, we associate heart disease with sitting down excessively. Standing desks were seen as a solution to this problem. If you’ve ever worked from 9 to 5 at the checkout counter of a grocery store for more than a year, you’d know that standing for many hours does things to your body, too. Added to the fact that you’re now relying on your wrists to ease off a little weight from your feet, you end up increasing your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

So, should we completely discount the health benefits of standing desks, given the risks?

Is There a Net Benefit, Anyhow?

This example was very transparent (HealthyOfficeSpace). There are others that aren’t as obvious, though.

The conclusion of the medical community is that “limited evidence was found to support a positive relationship between occupational sitting and health risks.” However, we can’t deny that the body needs a little bit of leg stretching here and there.

So, if standing up for too long is bad and sitting down for too long will really shorten your life, then what are you supposed to do?


If you badly want to get a standing desk anyway, get one that’s adjustable. That way, you can turn it into a sitting desk at any time when you’re feeling exhausted. Your fine motor skills are impeded when you’re standing, sometimes making it difficult to adjust your mouse precisely, so you may have to use the sitting function a lot if you’re a designer.

What if you like your cozy chair and don’t want a bunch of ergonomic gizmos in your house or workplace? Just stretch your legs every twenty minutes or so. Get out, walk a short distance, and keep that circulation flowing. When you’re sitting, your circulation starts getting lazy and your legs go into “Save me!” mode. Give them a little whirl, and they’re back in tip-top shape!

While you are here, don’t forget to check out the various ways to prevent Repetive Strain Injury while you are typing on the keyboard.

Let Us Know About Your Experiences!

Do you have a standing desk and feel like I didn’t tell the full story? Comment below with your story and how your life has gotten better or worse as a result of your desk!

Miguel Leiva-Gomez

Miguel has been a business growth and technology expert for more than a decade and has written software for even longer. From his little castle in Romania, he presents cold and analytical perspectives to things that affect the tech world.

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The Best Iphone 11 Cases For Cycling

If you prefer to get around town on a bike, or even a scooter for that matter, and want a case that can keep your iPhone safe while you travel, here’s a list of options to choose from.

We’ve put together a list of the best cycling cases that can fit a wide range of phones (including the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro), which vary in design and protection levels for when you’re riding your bike around town. Each of the cases for cycling are available to buy now, with immediate shipping.

So let’s dig in.

Best bike mounts and cycling cases for iPhone 11 STOON

The STOON cycling case is meant to provide full access to your device while it’s secured for travel. It’s a universal case, designed to fit phones with display sizes between 4.5 inches and all the way up to 7 inches, which means it will keep your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max secure while you ride.

The case is designed to secure to the handlebars of your bike, but there is a “special universal ball” design that allows for multiple viewing angles. Meanwhile, the part that holds the phone in place is designed from a TPU soft cushion, which grip each corner of your phone. There is an aluminum alloy nut and a rubber gasket that keep the case secure to the handlebars.

STOON says its cycling case is easy to install, with no additional tools needed to get it secured. You’ll just need to put it in place and secure the aluminum alloy nut to keep it in place. It fits handlebars with sizes between 33-40mm.

The STOON cycling case is available now.

Buy for $9.99


This bike mount from GUB is designed for handlebars with sizes between “31.8/25.4/22.2”, and should fit on not only a bicycle, but also motorcycles, scooters, e-bikes, and folding bikes. This iPhone bike mount can hold devices with screen sizes between four inches and seven inches.

The aluminum alloy material is strong and stable, while a “sponge” keeps your phone safe while it’s installed in the case while you ride your bike. And, as you can see, the bike mount won’t obscure your phone’s display at all, giving you full access to use your phone (when it’s safe!) and it won’t impede Face ID, either.

It also offers 360-degree rotation, giving you a wide range of motion and viewing angles, depending on what you need. Positive marks from owners of this bike mount include its overall design and sturdy construction, with an easy installation process as well. Some reviewers did point out that the Allen wrench included with the mount, and the Allen head bolt can make installation somewhat frustrating, however.

The GUB bike mount for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max (and other phones) is available now in Black, Blue, and Red color options.

Buy for $13.47 – $16.99


Bone designs many of its cases to be universal by default, able to fit a wide range of phones sizes while not impeding access to the display. That’s the case with this cycling phone mount, which secures the four corners of your phone in place to make sure it doesn’t wobble free while you’re riding your bike.

This case is designed to attach directly to the handlebar stem on your bike, putting it directly in your field of view while you ride. The silicone bands that secure the phone in place are adjustable, able to hold phones with display sizes between four inches and 6.5 inches. Bone does point out that if you have a rugged case on your phone, this bike mount might be a bit too tight, for what it’s worth.

The aforementioned silicone bands are designed to absorb shocks as well, so even while you ride your bike on a bumpy road the phone should stay safe.

Positive reviews from owners say the installation process is quick and easy, and the phone fits securely. However, some owners of mountain bikes say the mount does not fit their ride, so be wary if you do own a mountain bike.

Bone’s bike mount for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max is available with a one-year warranty, and you can buy it right now in either gray or black colors.

Buy for $19.99


The opamoo bike mount for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is designed to be an all-weather bag, securing your phone in place and offering a variety of options to protect it from the outside world while you ride your bike. First and foremost, this is a full-body case that encases your entire phone inside, and it even features a screen protector of sorts.

Once you put your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro in opamoo’s bike mount, it will sit within the bag and behind a thin TPU “film window”, which will still allow you to use your touchscreen easily. It will fit phones with screen sizes up to 6.5 inches — so just enough space for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The bag itself is made from a carbon fiber material, and it has a double-sealed zipper construction making it waterproof while the phone is inside. In addition to that, this bike mount also has a built-in sun visor. There is also an open section on the bottom of the bag, giving you plenty of space to fit your wires through if you prefer to keep a wired connection while listening to music as you ride your bike.

If you like to ride at night, there is reflective tape on either side of the bag, too.

That’s not all, though. This bike mount has room for extra storage, too, which is packaged beneath the phone itself. This space can fit an external battery, your wallet, keys, and more.

Many praise the case itself, the secure fit of the phone inside, and the fact that it can keep the phone dry and even block out the sun. Others say the storage option is a great addition, while it’s easy to install as well. Some say the velcro straps are too long, that the zippers can get stuck due to their design, and some say that the cycling case might not fit all handlebar sizes.

This bike mount from opamoo is available now in either black or gray.

Buy for $16.99 – $21.99


This is another universal case, designed by Bovon to fit smartphone screen sizes between 4.5 inches and 6 inches while you ride your bike. The bike case is made from improved premium silicone, so it should naturally absorb shocks while still keeping the phone secured in place. The case itself won’t scratch your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro while it’s installed, either.

The Bovon bike mount is easy to install, and it should fit on any-sized bike handlebars. Bovon says it should fit on a motorcycle, or any other ride with handlebars, including a baby stroller. The open face design means you’ll have complete access to your phone, including the Lightning port in your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro.

Owners of the Bovon bike mount say it’s well-constructed, fits their phone comfortably yet securely, and it’s easy to install. Others say that while the bands do hold the phone in place, the phone has to be installed just right, or there is a risk the phone will slip out.

You can buy the Bovon bike mount right now.

Buy for $9.89

New Cycling Safety Measures On Comm Ave

New Cycling Safety Measures on Comm Ave University, city plan improvements

The city of Boston will make improvements recommended by a joint BU-city group to the stretch of Comm Ave that runs through campus to increase safety for bicyclists. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

More warning signs, better bike lane markings, and highway reflectors will be added to the campus’ mile-and-a-half strip along Commonwealth Avenue to improve safety in the wake of the death of a student cyclist in December.

“I’m hopeful that these changes will help protect bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along this very busy stretch of Commonwealth Avenue,” says BU President Robert A. Brown. “I am also extremely grateful for the city’s continued support of bike safety initiatives that safeguard all people who use the city streets that pass through our campus.”

The improvements will include:

Pavement markings:. The existing bike lanes, installed five years ago, will be painted at intersection crossings with skid-resistant, high-visibility green paint, and white bike-shared-lane markings will be added within the green paint at busy intersections and at long crossings. The width of the bike lanes’ edges will be increased to six inches, from the present four inches.

Reflectors. Highway reflectors, recessed into the pavement, will be installed along the outside of bike lanes between intersections, and more closely spaced before each intersection crossing.

Hill, associate vice president for auxiliary services, says the improvements “will result in more clearly defined bike lanes, especially at night, and raise the awareness of motorists that this corridor is a high pedestrian and bicycle area.”

The ultimate solution for bicyclists would be separated cycle tracks,” says Hill, “where bicyclists have some sort of a protection barrier from moving and parked vehicles. This solution is not feasible in the near term.” (Boston has such a lane on Western Avenue, where cars park by the lane, not the sidewalk; the parked cars buffer cyclists from the auto travel lane.)

Hill says his committee is studying other possible improvements, including the removal of metered parking spaces “that are too close to busy intersections.”

Steve Miller, a Harvard School of Public Health administrator who blogs about transportation, credits the city for agreeing to “real improvement over current conditions, a creative way of bringing the bike lanes to the next level without having to do expensive construction.…Better still would be protected bike lanes, created either by installing rubber posts, removable during snow season…or by a curb separation.” He also suggests special traffic lights for cyclists only, synchronized with those for cars, Green Line trolleys, and pedestrians.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (Hon.’01) says the improvements expand the city’s effort to boost cycling and make it safe. Previous work includes the installation of 58 miles of bike lanes citywide and the 2011 launch of Hubway, which rents curbside bikes to riders at several locations around the city. As a result, he says, the number of bike commuters jumped 82 percent between 2007 and 2011, “and ensuring safety for all of these cyclists is a top priority in the city.”

The mayor says the partnership with BU on the new Comm Ave improvements “will result in keeping BU’s cycling community safe on this busy roadway.”

Two students died last fall in cycling accidents. Christopher Weigl (COM’13) collided with a tractor-trailer at Comm Ave’s intersection with St. Paul Street, and Chung Wei Yang (CAS’15) was hit and killed by an MBTA bus at the intersection of Harvard and Brighton Avenues in Allston.

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Dress Is A Free And Feature

The Lock screen is the first thing you see every time you pick up your iPhone to use it, so we’d completely understand if you wanted to personalize it. Apple doesn’t allow much by way of Lock screen customization out of the box, but if you’re jailbroken, then you’ll definitely want to check out a free jailbreak tweak called Dress by iOS developer Litten.

In a nutshell, Dress is probably the most comprehensive Lock screen customization jailbreak tweak that you can get without paying money. It offers a plethora of useful options that will make you excited to get your hands dirty with customization, and best of all, it can get you that personalized Lock screen experience you’ve been looking for.

When you install Dress, you’ll immediately want to navigate to your Settings app where you’ll find a dedicated preference pane chock-full of options:

Here, users can:

Toggle Dress on or off on demand

Configure custom Time and Date settings

Configure custom Face ID Lock settings

Configure custom Home Bar settings

Configure custom Control Center Grabber settings

Configure custom Swipe text settings

Configure custom Notification settings

Configure custom Quick Action settings

Adjust automatic lock duration

And more…

Digging deeper, we’ll show you all the options the tweak provides out of the box:

Time and Date

Hide Time and Date

Hide only the Date

Hide Lunar

Adjust the Date and Time alpha level

Left, Center, or Right-align the Date and Time

Adjust the font styling and size

Enable compact Date format

Face ID Lock

Hide the Face ID lock

Adjust the Face ID lock alpha level

Adjust the X and Y axis of the Face ID lock

Adjust the size of the Face ID lock

Home Bar

Hide the Home Bar

Adjust the Home Bar’s alpha level

Control Center Grabber

Hide the Control Center grabber

Adjust the Control Center grabber’s alpha level

Swipe Text

Hide the Swipe text

Enter a custom Swipe text


Hide the ‘No Older Notifications’ text

Hide the Notification Center text

Hide the Notifications Clear button

Adjust the Notifications alpha level

Enter an alternative ‘No Older Notifications’ text

Left, Center, or Right-align the ‘No Older Notifications’ text

Customize the Notification Center text

Always expand notifications

Scroll reveal animation

Hide Do Not Disturb banner

Quick Actions

Hide Quick Actions from the Lock screen

Adjust Quick Actions alpha level

Customize the X and Y axis of the Quick Actions

The developer includes a way to reset all settings to their defaults at the bottom of the primary preference pane. Moreover, you can respring your device to save any changes you make here.

At the time of this writing, Dress is considered a public beta and more features are being prepared for a future update that will be released in the near future. That aside, we think this tweak is a substantial bargain for its free price tag, as it provides a ton of features that would otherwise only be possible through the installation of several free and paid tweaks.

Those interested in trying Dress can download it for free from Litten’s beta repository via their preferred package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 devices and is open source on the developer’s GitHub page.

If you’re not already using Litten’s beta repository, then you can add it to your preferred package manager via the following URL:

Hp Envy Recline 23 And 27 Touchsmart Aio Fill The Gap Below The Desk

HP ENVY Recline 23 and 27 TouchSmart AIO fill the gap below the desk

With the dawning of the age of touchscreen friendliness with Windows 8 in the PC world, HP has made more than one innovative move in filling every gap that appeared in usability options, this week with the HP ENVY Recline series. The ENVY Recline 23-k030 TouchSmart All-in-one, ENVY Recline 27-k050 TouchSmart All-in-One, and special Beats Audio edition Recline 23 all offer a neck and a base configured uniquely to hold up a touch display for your ever-expanding list of wants and needs in the massive display-toting PC market.

The way you use these desktop machines is up to you. HP has been clear in saying that they’ve made these machines to respond to user tests of all manner of touch and non-touchscreen devices, finding the range of positions the average person uses said devices in, and crafting a device that can do it all. What you get is a display that’s light enough to be positioned on a neck that holds it up as a base that’s heavy enough to hold the whole amalgamation up without tipping.

You can push the display up to be 90 degrees (standard, that is), or pull it down to any angle down below where you’d normally have to stop on a standard adjustable display. Here you can also pull the display down over the side of whatever surface you’re on – a table, more than likely – so you can use it in a way HP found users worked with most comfortably – on a touchscreen, that is.

The 23-inch model here works with an Intel Core i7 processor and 1920 x 1080p display resolution with 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 SDRAM memory under the hood – expandable to 16GB. Also under the hood is an NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A dedicated graphics card with 1GB DDR3 dedicated memory.

The differences between this model and the Beats model with the same size display are in the look and in the audio power they both possess. UPDATE: And the Beats Edition works with an Intel Core i5 processor rather than the standard 23-inch model’s Intel Core i5 architecture.

While the standard 23-inch model works with a dual speaker setup and an optional subwoofer, the Beats edition works with quad speakers and a subwoofer standard. Both devices work with Beats Audio software and audio enhancements. The Beats edition is also red and black while the standard edition is silver and black – one is a bit louder than the other in more ways than one.

Meanwhile the 27-inch model ENVY Recline TouchSmart AIO works with a 1920 x 1080p display backed up by 4th Generation Intel Core i5 processor technology and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A graphics card. This setup is paired with 1GBDDR3 dedicated memory as well as 12GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 SDRAM memory – that’s 8 and 4GB expandable to 16GB. This larger model also works with NFC built-in and the same speaker setup as the standard 23-inch model.

The 23-inch ENVY Recline TouchSmart All-in-one PC will be available starting on the 6th of September for a cool $1,349 USD while the Beats Edition (available on the same day) will be a bit cheaper at $1,249 – that’s what you get for knocking out a bit of processor power for a bit heftier speaker construct.

HP also notes that “other configurations” (of the 23-inch PC) will be available later this fall starting at $1,099 USD. The HP ENVY Recline 27 TouchSmart All-in-One PC will be hitting stores on the 6th of September as well for $1,399 USD.

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