Medical Pedal Buyers Guide

Medical pedal buyers guide gives insight into medical pedal exercisers, reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use this medical pedal buyers guide with medical pedal frequently asked questions to find the best.

Desk Use

Most noteworthy, many people would prefer to use the medical exercise pedals under a desk or table while they work. In fact, several of the medical exercise pedals may fit under a desk or table. However, it all depends on the maximum height a pedal rises above the floor. In addition, it depends on the clearance between the top of your knees and the underside of the desk or table.


Next, LCD monitors that show workout time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories help keep track of your workouts. But they are not absolutely needed if you trying to recover from an injury or surgery.


Most of all, medical exercise pedals exercising both legs and arms gives you more options.


Most of all, the feet are generally made from heavy duty rubber or other similar material to protect the floor and/or the table from scratches and marks. Also, the feet help prevent the medical exercise bike from sliding as you pedal. Indeed, nearly all medical exercise pedals are lightweight weighing less than 13 pounds. In addition, most people try to use the pedals as they would a recumbent bike – namely by pushing the pedals away from you. This pushing action is a consequence of the chair being behind the peddler – as with a recumbent bike. Moreover, this pushing action pushes the peddler away from you. So instead of pushing on the pedals, push the pedals down towards the floor. Consequently, the peddler may stay in place as you peddle.

Especially relevant, several medical exercise pedals provide straps to tie the peddler to the chair. On the other hand, if you choose one without the straps, there are ways to prevent the peddler from sliding.

First, put the chair and the peddler on a rubber matting

Next, tether the peddler to the chair using a rope or solid rubber strap with hooks on either end


Also, foldable pedal exercisers are easy to move and put away after use. Moreover, they take up less space in storage when compared to medical exercise pedals that don’t.

Height for use Under a Desk

If the medical exercise pedal is going to be used under a desk, you need to measure the distance between the top of your knee, when sitting on a chair, and the floor with your shoes on. Next you need to measure the highest point the top of the pedal reaches above the floor. So, to use the medical exercise pedal below a desk, the sum of these two numbers needs to be less than the distance between the underside of the table or desk top and the floor. By the way , the typical knee space under a desk is 20 to 26 inches. However, some desks or tables could be higher.


Because the medical exercise bikes are likely to be used in office environments or while watching TV or reading a book, they need to run as quietly as possible. Most of all, medical exercise bikes using magnetic resistance run quieter. On the other hand, exercise peddler that uses friction for resistance tend to be noisy. To reduce this noise, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.

Pedal Movement

Next, pedals that move forward and backwards exercise different muscles of the legs and arms. Also, studies show that pedaling backwards has been observed to reduce pressure on the tibiofemoral joint which may offer value in the rehabilitation of meniscal problems or tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. In addition, pedaling backwards was associated with higher muscle activation of the quadriceps muscles.

Pedal Straps

In addition, pedal straps help grip your feet to the pedals, which makes it easier to pedal. Moreover, pedal straps need to be adjustable to accommodate various shoe sizes.


Most noteworthy, medical exercise pedals are designed for rehab and physical therapy. Consequently, they provide much lower resistance to pedaling than other medical exercise bikes.


Also, some medical exercise pedals provide a strap to hold the exerciser tied to a chair. While others have feet that prevents skidding.


Tension is sometimes referred to as resistance. And, nearly all medical exercise peddler provide the capability to adjust tension so that you can change your workout intensity. However, not all medical exercise peddlers provide markers that allow you to easily identify tension levels. Furthermore, such markers help you record tension levels of your workouts. And these markers are especially important, if the peddler is used by others.

Most noteworthy, tension based on friction will cause metal parts in the vicinity to heat up. Peddlers that offer protection from contact with the heated parts are better than those which don’t. Furthermore, depending on the pedal speed, and the length of time pedaling, heating could start to be felt as soon as 15 minutes after starting. However, if you are pedaling slowly, heat from friction likely won’t be an issue. Be that as it may, you can reduce the build up of heat by lubricating. In fact, to lubricate, take the tension knob out and put graphite powder in the tension knob’s hole. And then screw back the tension knob.


Next, the longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Also, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Because most defects are found in this period, it’s important to ensure your purchase is covered during that time. In addition, a longer warranty period, implies that the medical exercise peddler is better built to last a longer time.


Finally, medical exercise peddlers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier peddlers offer more stability.