When TV just gets too boring, there's little else you can do to entertain yourself while on your exercise equipment. Reader Andy decided to stick it to boredom and build a laptop stand out of just some PVC pipe and some wire.
The design is fairly simple, and doesn't even require any detailed directions. All you need to do is make sure you measure the size of your laptop, and build accordingly:
You can buy or fairly easily make a computer stand for a treadmill, because the consoles are fairly standard, or at least you can buy or rig up a standing desk to rest it on. There aren't a lot of options for elliptical machines or exercise bikes that don't have a lot of flat area to rest a laptop on, or oddly positioned hand rests get in the way. . . I finally just drew up a plan, bought a bunch of 1/2" PVC pipe and fittings, and put this together. Then I tied it firmly onto my elliptical with wire (the foam rubber on the grips really helps here), and now my laptop fits securely in the space, and can't slide around.
No longer will you be limited to daytime TV while working out — this set-up is perfect if you prefer to watch videos online, or if you just want to browse Wikipedia or your favourite software/productivity blog. If you're looking for a more full-featured workspace, you could always go the Treadputer route — or, if you just want it to be a bit cleaner, you could mount the monitor to your machine (though that requires much more effort!). Got any other tips for using a laptop on incompatible exercise machines? Share them in the comments!