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KAVERWEY Posts: 15
5/14/12 7:14 P

I bike about 20-30+ miles 3x weekly right now. I burn about 1000 calories each time. It takes about 3500 calories to burn one pound of fat. It's highly unlikely that you lost a pound from 6 miles of cycling. It could have been water weight though. Cycling is my passion. Keep up the great work. Look up rails-to-trails in your area. They're made for bikes and provide such great scenery. I'm looking at completing a century race--128 miles in about 4 months! I also suggest getting a Camelbak if you go for long rides in hot weather. Mine has been a life saver!

Good Luck!

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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5/14/12 1:18 P

I love biking. We have lots of nice trails where I live. Remember to always wear a helmet and stop for traffic. Last Saturday a biker did not stop and lost his life.

LIRPA246 Posts: 701
5/14/12 12:16 P

I wish biking did that!

JOHNSON48 Posts: 24
5/14/12 2:33 A

I am still biking but not as much. It seems like whenever I want to ride the wind starts up. I did do 20 mile ride a few weeks ago. Here are some pics

PATTOMMC3 SparkPoints: (769)
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5/13/12 11:48 P

I Love biking! I live in the hills so it can be quite a challenge! Like any exercise....the more you put into it the more you get out of it!

5/13/12 11:03 P

The best thing to do if you are using cycling as a part of your workout programme is to invest $10 to $12 in a cyclometer at Walmart. Then you can monitor your time distance and speed and input that data in one of the various formula to get a guesstimate. I say guesstimate since those formulas are based on averages and have a built in margin of error.

PACALAWA SparkPoints: (0)
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5/13/12 8:43 P

It's 8 months later: I am wondering if you continued with the bike and if so, how many miles are you up to now? I started riding bikes about the same time last year, and it is the easiest, most relaxing exercise I ever did. Thank you for your post.

JOHNSON48 Posts: 24
9/3/11 12:21 P

Thanks for all the information. Guess it was just a good water weight day. I did do another 5 miles on the bike today though just in case lol

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,452
9/2/11 8:31 P

2 lbs of fat would represent about 7000 calories. A very rough rule of thumb is that you burn about 40 calories per mile of cycling - say about 240 calories.

The 2 lbs loss you are seeing is almost certainly water weight changes.


UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
9/2/11 4:27 P

Hehehe, congrats on the 2lbs, but no, taking up cycling yesterday didn't cause it.

However, if you keep cycling (or running, swimming, dancing, ANYthing) and strength train and eat well, you'll continue moving down the scale.

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9/2/11 3:18 P

Hi Johnson,

Remember your weight is not a static other words it isn't unusual for your weight to vary due to a change in hydration, your nutrition, workouts, even hormones. This is why we track weight over a period of time and not just on a daily basis.

To lose 2 pounds of fat requires a caloric deficit of 7000 calories over the course of time.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

DEE0973 Posts: 1,517
9/2/11 12:18 P

when you attempt to add your exercise, you can usually select the one that's closest to your 7mph and get your calorie burn. Hope this was helpful. congrats on the new bike

JOHNSON48 Posts: 24
9/2/11 11:57 A

So I got my new bike last week and already put ten miles on it. Yesterday I did 6 miles of that and although I didn't push it hard I woke up 2 pounds lighter. Is biking really that good of a calorie burner? What is the average burn per mile or is it based on time. I averaged 7 mph yesterday.

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