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Why we can live without this $1,000 motorised, light-up virtual cycling desk

Why we can live without this $1,000 motorised, light-up virtual cycling desk

There was a time, not so long ago, when cycling was routinely described as “the new golf” for its ability to attract mostly white middle-aged…

Thursday, Nov 17

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There was a time, not so long ago, when cycling was routinely described as “the new golf” for its ability to attract mostly white middle-aged men with a healthy chunk of disposable income to splash on fancy carbon things to make them “better”.

Having crossed that Rubicon, cycling may now be speeding towards a horizon as “the new wedding”, by which I mean the presence of the word is enough to multiply the price of something by eye watering degrees.

Which brings us to the Thermaltake Cycledesk 100. This hulking beast of thing is apparently the latest in gaming furniture and, so the marketing blurb tells me, is designed to “level up your professional gaming experiences” in the online cycling world.

It has high tech motorised height adjustment that remembers your settings with a “TT Smart Control Box” – not, I’m assured a digitised version of Cycling Weekly ’s own Dr Hutch – that makes it “smarter than you think”.

You, dear reader, should take that as a warning to never underestimate the intellectual capacity of your furniture ever again. My ottoman went to MIT, I’ll have you know.

You can control the height from your phone with this thing, no more pressing buttons (though you can do that too).

Plus, “the powerful MCU [not the one with Iron-Man in] can remember your desk settings and usage habits,” which is actually pretty useful if there’s more than one of you in the house that wants to use this luxury workstation. It all makes it ideal […]

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