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MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,234)
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9/25/12 4:08 P

Agreed, heart rate monitor is the only way that you can get any relatively good estimate of calories burned on your electric bike. If your heart rate falls too much, even that estimate will be off quite a bit.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,340)
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9/25/12 8:24 A

Investing in a heart rate monitor would be your best bet; it's difficult to say, since that exercise hasn't been studied well, and doesn't get your heart rate up in the same way as a regular bike might, so getting a heart rate monitor is your best chance for a reasonable estimate.

ALLY711 SparkPoints: (2,993)
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9/25/12 8:14 A

Have you tried your commute on a standard bike. I have just gone electric because of bad knees and has made my commute a joy. I know how long my normal bike took and what I felt like when I arrived at work. 45 mins would = 310 calories. I err on the cautious side and calcu guess about 100 per 30 mins electric commute. Its probably a bit low, but then the benefits are there when I weigh myself at the end of the week!

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12/21/11 9:50 A

There really isn't a way to accurately account for this if you're not wearing a heart rate monitor. Even then, it's only an estimate. You can take a guess and use the 1/2 to 2/3 you discovered. I like to err on the side of low since it is common to overestimate expenditure.

JESTGAR Posts: 58
12/21/11 8:25 A

I've started riding an electric assist bicycle as part of my commute and I can't figure out how to measure the calories. Google tells me anything from 1/2 to 2/3 of a regular bicycle ride.

Although I ride every day, I only track a couple of days to try to balance the numbers. Does anyone have a better estimate of electric bike calories vs regular bike calories?

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