# Recumbent - Calories Per Mile?

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hypnobassman
07-02-03, 09:34 PM
Hi everyone!

Does anyone out there know how many calories we burn per mile of riding our bents? I know that there are charts that tell you how many calories are burned up on a regular bike, but since our bents are more efficient they may not apply.

Thanks for info!

Arnie1
11-10-04, 10:12 PM
Hi everyone!

Does anyone out there know how many calories we burn per mile of riding our bents? I know that there are charts that tell you how many calories are burned up on a regular bike, but since our bents are more efficient they may not apply.

Thanks for info!

This isn't calories per mile, but at brisk walking expenditures the body uses 8-10 calories per minute depending on body weight. Muscle output has the same caloric burn rate regardless of bent efficiency. You will work just as hard but more energy will be converted into motion--you'll just go faster.

beowoulfe
11-14-04, 04:18 AM
My HRM counts calories. I need to enter in a stress/exercise level into it. I figure that at 17-18 mph I'm stressing pretty good. It records close to 60 calories/mile with those numbers.

bikerski
11-16-04, 01:19 PM
calories per mile would also be a function of total weight being moved, hills versus flats, (which could be equalized if average heart rate was same on both) efficiency of bike. I figure mine at 40 calories per mile plus a daily base rate of about 2500. I'm 6'3" and 215 LBS. I figure if I don't ride in a day I burn 2500. Miles times 40 calories makes a 100 mile day 6500 calories. May be a tad conservative but this is about the number I have heard you should use if you do an extended, cross country, trip with multiple 100 mile days. Seems if I match food input to this standard, weight stays the same long term.