I keep track with a Polar heart rate monitor. the Garmin is an awesome tool but unless you use the newest model the calorie burn is just a general formula. I think I read that the newest garmin's heart rate monitor that has been made better and more accurate.
when you run or walk a mile burns mostly the same amount of calories, but that is so not the same when you cycle.
Two ride ago I went with the hybrid on a windy day - I was either on a trail or on the road/pavement in head-on wind. Last ride I took my road bike and enjoyed 10 speedy miles with the wind at my back. For sure one ride burned way more calories then the other.
"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."
I won a Garmin 305 and I can set the bike1 profile to 44lbs AND as it has a GPS it knows why my speed is 4.6... the 3% elevation gain! and it has a HR monitor so it can tell how hard I am working up that hill.
I have the 2nd bike profile for 99lbs when I have 60lb kid in something trailer plus 44 lb bike as you can't set it over 100. Then I am REALLY working
The sparkpeople calc was 4418 for my 6 hour ride. I trust the Garmin calculation of 5825 a lot more.
------- past accomplishments: - cycled 101 miles! (11/2010) -completed "Couch to 5k" training program 5/4/2010 - 5/8/2010: Willow Glen 5k/ (3 miles): 34:13! Average pace was 11:20!!! - 5/2/2010: Na
Your HR monitor will give you that answer along with age, height, muscle mass (LBM) or % body fat, your BMR, and activity calculator.
The body doesn't know distance or type of bike. It know intensity, duration, and frequency. Intensity is your average HR, Duration is the time doing the effort, and frequency is how often you do the activity.
Hi, I'm new to this team. I joined because I hope to get advice on tracking calories burned when I ride. The Fitness Tracker calculates calories burned when I input my ride info. But, a road bike ride and a mountain bike ride might have the same information. 12mph for an hour on the road bike wouldn't burn the same # calories as 12mph on the mountain bike. Can anyone help me get an accurate read on calories burned?
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