I use my HRM to determine my calorie burn. I burn quite a bit more running than SP says, but if I chart my bike ride on the fitness map and input the time it took, the count is pretty much right on, regardless of the hilly terrain.
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I've noticed to that the CC doesn't account for riding against the wind. There are times when I may ride 20 miles against a 15-25 mph head wind. I know it has to burn more calories.
Me and the CC have never gotten along anyway. If I burned up what it says then I would be skinny as a bean pole. But I am not. My body just doesn't burn what it says. It takes its time and does it own thing regardless of how low I go on the calorie count and how high I go on the supposed burning of calories.
Edited by: SIGLED at: 9/6/2010 (10:55)
I don't ride the bike to lose weight, but I lose weight to ride the bike!
I have the same problem. It's really hilly here and I can see that the Spark calorie counter is only calibrated for actual speed, which can be actually quite slow if the hill is very steep. I bought a Garmin Edge and it seems to slightly adjust the calories depending on the "feet of ascent", but even that isn't very accurate. Whenever I have a day of hill climbs, I'm always disappointed by the calorie burn which is based on my slow speed rather than the effort.
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Does anyone know how efficient the calorie counter is for biking here on Spark? The only reason I ask is because it doesn't seem to account for the terrain ( I am in NW WA and we have a ton of hills) or the weather such as wend which adds resistance.
Or does anyone know one that includes all factors?
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