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Old 07-12-17, 12:04 PM
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'Our formula is a simple industry standard taking in the age, weight and height of the user as well as heart rate and duration of a workout."

For $10/year it's a pretty good app for the OP. I tried Strava but like this one much better. I would use Strava if the premium was cheaper, I don't think it's worth $60/year. Carry on, I'm off for a ride!
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Originally Posted by memebag View Post
Agree. I wear a HRM because it was cheap and I like to target certain specific hear rates for certain rides. I'm doing a flat 100 miles next Sunday in 90-100 degree temperature and I think 155-160 bpm will be a good level of exertion to finish feeling good. But like I said above, I can make my heart rate go up or down while I'm sitting perfectly still. My caloric output difference is tiny, since the only muscle working more or less is my heart.

Another situation I've noticed a heart rate difference is when I'm cycling in a city vs cycling out in the country. I can be cycling at the same speed on the same terrain, but when I'm cycling in the city, my HR tends to be about 10 bpm higher than when I'm cycling in the country. I'm more tense when I'm cycling in the city because of all the traffic and everything going on where I can relax when I cycle out in the country.

Also, my heart rate will usually be quite high right at the beginning of an organised ride, whereas at the beginning of a casual ride, it will be relatively low. I cycled one 200K where my heart rate sat at a rather disturbing 170 bpm for the first 75 km of the ride. I was so nervous about that particular 200K because it was the first one with that group in that province. Then suddenly around the 75 km point, it dropped to a more reasonable 145 bpm. I was still cycling the same speed and the terrain didn't change ... I just relaxed. I've done other similar rides, some with even more effort involved, and my HR has been around 150 the entire time.
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I use a HR monitor from WaHoo, and Cyclemeter. In fact, you could use just the Cyclometer app, and no HR monitor. With, would be more accurate though.
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Fitbit has a cycling option
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IMO trying to determine calorie expenditure to the calorie is a fool's errand. At least it is for me. I've tried a variety of formulas and methods for the past 40 years. The best I can do is an estimate. Depending on terrain and intensity I guess at 10-15 calories per minute. This tracks pretty well with the Mayo clinic method, Garmin estimates, Strava estimates, Fit Day estimates and a variety of other on-line and cycling guide formulas. I have no idea how accurate any of it is.
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Old 07-12-18, 05:25 PM
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Although it won't accurately assess the number of calories burned, stepping on a scale once in a while will confirm if you are inhaling more calories than what is being burned. Simple, effective, and an age old technique rediscovered.
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You also have to factor in that muscle weighs more than fat, so you can sometimes stay at the same weight, but lose quite a bit of fat. I actually put on a few pounds riding, but they look good.
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I use Fitbit Charge 2. Micro Center in store usually sells it for $69.95 and they have $5 of $30 promotion, this makes it $64.95 + taxes.
Fitbit app will track your heart rate and estimate calorie consumption taking HR into account. Charge 2 will also count your steps, sleep stages, can act as a silent alarm, show your phone messages and incoming calls etc. Very nice fitness tracker for this price.
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