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Working out calories used

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by XCKid, 18 Aug 2007.

  1. XCKid

    XCKid New Member

    Can you tell me how to work out the number of calories used on a bike ride? If I know how much climbing I've done, my speed etc then surely it must be possible to work out the calories I've burned up. Any ideas?
     
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    On my Cateye 8 Velo computer it calculates the Calories for you, however I don't know how they make the calculation or how accurate it will be!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. XTCRider

    XTCRider New Member

    Location:
    Hartlepool
    It also depends on your age , sex and weight
     
  4. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    HERE has a calorie counter. Wouldn't vouch for the accuracy though as depends if its all uphill or err, downhill :ohmy:
     
  5. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
  6. XTCRider

    XTCRider New Member

    Location:
    Hartlepool
    Calories burnt is dependent on HR as well. Cant just work it out from speed alone. Sex, Age, Weight, HR and Av Speed are all entered into my HRM which uses this to give me calories. I burn about 100Kcal per mile, but I am over 3 stone overweight, therefore I burn more calories than a skinny bloke.

    Thats with an avg HR of around 140-150bpm, Avg Speed about 13-14mph on my MTB
     
  7. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    It's always seemed a tricky one to me. Is there a standard formula for everyone? There seem to be so many variables that an accurate reading would be difficult without a serious amount of technology.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    XCKid

    XCKid New Member

    Ok well I know my age, sex, weight, mean speed, duration of the ride. I can estimate the climbing from an OS map and I could borrow a cheap heart rate monitor. Is ther some formula which I can feed all those into and get a semi-accurate answer?

    Sorry, wet afternoon and I'm bored! :ohmy: Thanks for the replies so far.
     
  9. XTCRider

    XTCRider New Member

    Location:
    Hartlepool
    My HRM tells me the kcal
     
  10. OP
    OP
    XCKid

    XCKid New Member

    I wish mine did! :ohmy:
     
  11. XTCRider

    XTCRider New Member

    Location:
    Hartlepool
    The ones Aldi do used to have kcal on them, just dont work for very long thats all
     
  12. From Monday 0800hrs Lidl are flogging heart rate monitors for £9.99

    - and other cycling related stuff, like a track pump for £2.99 - get it while you can!

    www.lidl.co.uk

    And, as mentioned in this thread "...it all depends on your age, sex, and weight..."

    Don't think of sex on the bike - you'll topple off.:ohmy:

    Hello by the way.
     
  13. XTCRider

    XTCRider New Member

    Location:
    Hartlepool
  14. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    XTC, I am fairly certain that your 100 cal per mile is totally wrong. All the online counters and other research I have looked at indicate around 55 per mile for a chunky man at that sort of speed. I am pretty confident that the coolrunning site is spot on.

    Like you I am very hefty ( I need to lose 21 lbs to get to the maximum for my height, and could lose over 3 stone and still be in the range). On a week's touring holiday with a laden bike doing 100km per day, on your calc I would burn 3600 cals. I need 2100 for my base metabolic rate. I probably eat about 4000 a day when doing those trips....at which rate I would lose over half a pound a day and come back about 5 pounds lighter...which doesn;t happen sadly, convincing me that I am burning about 55-60 per mile, nowhere near 100.
     
  15. Membrane

    Membrane New Member