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Hi there,

I know it varies but, on average, how much calories you burn per bike ride?

I'm between 800-1200C and I am just curious if I'm in the ball-park?

Obviously, my main goal is to keep fit. :)

Thanks.
 

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According to one of the many calorie calculators (and keeping in mind that I'm a lard-arse):

Activity Bicycling 14-15.9 MPH
Workout Duration 120 Time in Minutes
Your Weight 300 Pounds

Calculated Results
Calculated Weight 136.36363636363635 Kilograms
Potential Burn Of 2727 Calories
 

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I don't know but I can tell you that after 1,200 miles I lost 1#, so it is real close to what I take in. Cavalo
 

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I know it varies
Correct, to the extent that an average for one person would be of little help to another, and that it also depends on how long you ride for and how hard you ride on any given day.

but, on average, how much calories you burn per bike ride?
Impossible to say. You would need to know:
- How long you rode for
- How hard you rode (average power output)
- Your gross metabolic efficiency (as measured in a lab)

One can make really bad estimates based on distance, speed, body weight etc but they are likely to be wrong, possibly by some large margin.

One thing is for sure, don't expect any bike computer that has a calorie/kJ reading to be accurate within 50% (unless it's a calibrated power meter).

I'm between 800-1200C and I am just curious if I'm in the ball-park?
Who knows?

To metabolise 1000 Cal, would mean doing ~ 1000kJ of mechanical work on the bike.

Over 1 hour that would mean an average power output of ~ 280 watts.
Over 2 hours ~ 140 watts.

Obviously, my main goal is to keep fit. :)
Keep riding then!
Gradually increase how much you do, in duration and intensity.
 

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Average? Depends on a ton of different variables BUT - my average ride of about 22 miles in 1:15 - 1:20 is about 950. I weigh 171#. It think that is pretty close - I use the LoseIt app along with CycleMeter and DailyMile and they are all pretty close and match my intake / weight loss etc. My just under 38 mile ride last Saturday burned ~ 1900.
 
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