I took the opportunity to try a couple of other cheaper models in stores but found them jerky when peddling. I gambled on the DeskCycle and purchased from Amazon. it has a beautifully fluid motion, is very sturdy and extremely easy to set up and use. I have it tucked under my home office desk and jump on when I am listening in on meetings. Ordinarily I find myself sitting in the same position for hours on end while working and having the desk cycle available at my feet means I can keep my circulation going. It is not an exercise bike in the normal sense, that isn't the point of it, but it is possible to work up a sweat on the max setting. You can also place it on a table or get down on your knees and cycle using your arms, but that is a tough exercise as it is not a natural movement. I am not a gambler but I do not regret for one moment purchasing this item.