Danny Guo | 郭亚东

My Peloton Desk Setup

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I have a desk setup for my Peloton bike so that I can do other things while riding. Here’s what it looks like.

Peloton desk setup

This started when a coworker recommended a tray that is designed to fit in the bike’s handle. The tray is good enough to be a functional desk on its own, but I’ve added a laptop stand, mouse, and keyboard to make the setup more comfortable and avoid hunching over.

I’ve used it while working, writing, and reading, and I’ve even done 1-on-1 meetings while riding. But I never take an actual Peloton class with this setup. I do a “Just Ride,” so there’s nothing playing on the Peloton screen, and I ride at whatever leisurely pace my subconscious decides. This means I’m never out of breath. I also don’t bother with clipping in the regular cleats for these rides. I use a pair of slip-on shoes instead to make it easier to get on and off the bike.

This setup helps me get a little more exercise in, it gives me an energy boost while I’m doing other things, and it can make me feel like I’m thinking better. It’s like how going for a walk can be a way to generate good thoughts. Of course, using a Peloton bike isn’t the only way to do this. There are many options for treadmills and bikes that are designed to be used with desks. Stephen Wolfram wrote about his treadmill desk.

I’ve been happy with my setup, though it does take me a minute to switch between desk mode and regular riding mode.


The tray is a TFD Tray+ Sidewinder. It easily slides into the handlebars, and it feels secure. The original Tray is for original model Peloton bikes, while the Tray+ is for the Bike+. I got the Sidewinder variation because it’s wider, and I wanted more space for a mouse and keyboard.


The laptop stand is a Rottay stand. I picked this one because it allows adjusting both the height and the angle. The height can go up to 16 inches, which is higher than most of the options that I considered. For ergonomics, I wanted to be able to get the top of my laptop screen to near eye level.


The keyboard is a Epomaker NT68. Any wireless keyboard would work, but I picked this one because it has mechanical switches, it can connect over Bluetooth, it’s easy to switch connections between my personal and work laptops, and it charges over USB-C.

It’s also one of the few keyboards that matches the Mac keyboard layout, with four modifier keys in the bottom left corner. So my muscle memory doesn’t break when I switch from a MacBook keyboard. It also means I don’t have to curl my thumb in as much to hit the Command key.


The mouse is a Logitech MX Ergo Plus. I chose it because it’s a trackball mouse, so I don’t have to move the mouse itself around, which saves space. It also means that I don’t need to worry about the mouse being able to track on the tray’s transparent surface. A mouse pad would solve that problem, but it’d be another thing to move in a setup that I frequently install and remove.

Note that there’s also a regular MX Ergo. The only difference is that the Plus comes with an extra wedge to angle the mouse 10 degrees more vertically, reducing pronation.

I do wish this mouse charged over USB-C instead of micro USB, that it had on-board memory so that I don’t have to keep running Logitech software to remap buttons, and that it had more buttons to begin with. But there just there aren’t many trackball mice to choose from.


You might have also noticed a metal cup in the picture. It’s a Real Deal Steel cup. I love this cup because it has vacuum insulation that can keep ice water cold for hours. And because It’s metal, it won’t shatter if it drops to the ground. That hasn’t happened yet, but it’s a risk with my Peloton setup.

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