Motorized Pedal Exerciser Buyers Guide

Use motorized pedal exerciser buyers guide to get insight into motorized pedal exercisers reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use with motorized pedal exerciser frequently asked questions to find best for your needs.

Desk Use

Some people may prefer to use the motor driven pedal exercisers under a desk or table while they work. Several of the motor driven pedal exercisers may fit under a desk or table. It all depends on the maximum height a pedal rises above the floor and the clearance between the top of your knees and the underside of the desk or table.


LCD monitors that show workout time, revolutions, revolutions per minute, and calories help keep track of your workouts. But they may not be needed if you are incapacitated.


Most of all, a motorized pedal exerciser exercising both legs and arms gives you more options.

Height for use Under a Desk

If the motorized pedal exerciser 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 exerciser 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.


Especially relevant, the motor is used to drive the pedals. Consequently, a motor with adjustable speed gives you different workout intensities. Meanwhile, in the United States, the motor should operate on a standard 120 volt power supply.

Pedal Movement

Pedals that move forward and backwards exercise different muscles of the legs and arms. 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

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


Epecially relevant, motor driven pedals are designed for the incapacitated. Consequently, many provide very little resistance to pedaling than other pedal exercisers. However, motor driven pedals do provide resistance, when the motor is turned off.


Several of the motorized pedal exercisers have feet that prevents skidding, while others require the use of a rubberized non-skid mat.


The longer the warranty period the better you are protected against manufacturing defects. Generally, a 90-day period will cover majority of manufacturing defects. Since 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 pedal exerciser is better built to last a longer time.


Finally, pedal exercisers that weigh less are easier to carry around. On the other hand, heavier pedal exercisers offer more stability.