How Many Calories Do You Burn When Cycling?

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We are often asked the question How Many Calories Do You Burn When Cycling? Dan and Matt provide the answer!

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There are various ways of calculating how many calories you burn when cycling. A power-meter is a great way to work it out. However, you can also do the maths with a formula based around your heart-rate.
There are many variables to consider too, such as fatigue, a naturally low heart beat etc.

Oh, and let’s not forget, you are even burning calories when resting/recovering.

Why does this matter? Well, it’s important you’re replacing what you have used so that your body is in good condition. Carefully considered calories are the way to go.

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  1. Jackie Martinez on March 31, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Thank you 😊

  2. Gregory Vierra on March 31, 2020 at 10:28 am

    That guys crank looks rusty as hell.

  3. DARKFLAME YT on March 31, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Ur 36 and weigh 70 I am 11 and weigh 60

  4. I am Mangohead on March 31, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Highly dependent on the individual body mass, metabolic health….etc

  5. Sojourner-Love's Cycling on March 31, 2020 at 10:31 am

    …And how many calories does one burn / require when touring on a fully loaded steel bike? The total weight for myself, bike, and gear is 375lbs or 170kg.

    It’s awfully hard to tell. Although I think I’m eating enough throughout the day — including hourly during my ride — yet many times I still find myself bottoming out from low blood sugar. I estimate that I may be burning 1000-1250/hr, depending upon the terrain and weather, etc., and sometimes it’s very difficult to get that much food whilst travelling.

    I realize you fellows are mostly lithe and speedy racers on lightweight carbon flyers, but you maybe have some information that could help me to answer this question as I prepare for my summer bike tour. Whatever you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

    Happy cycling!
    Portland, Oregon, USA

  6. Chewy98TA on March 31, 2020 at 10:31 am

    In 2015 I rode 500 miles in a 5 month span on my 20 year old Raleigh mountain bike. I’m 6 foot 2 inches. At the start I weighed 275 lbs, and the end I weighed 283 lbs. My best ride was at 280 lbs and was 25.4 miles at 14.6 mph, and my longest was 36 miles at 12.7 mph at about the same weight. I also jogged about 30 miles in those 5 months. I haven’t rode my bike in three years but starting to get the itch again but the weight gain concerns me as I’m now 20 lbs lighter without biking or running.

  7. Fin Norvell on March 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Burn 1000 an hour on the watt bike at 90kg.

  8. Marcus Estrada on March 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

    you burn less calories without the outfit and helmet

  9. Bikejar on March 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Does bicycling really help to reduce weight? watch the real fact here

  10. Jari Kinnunen on March 31, 2020 at 10:33 am

    If you take measuring of uphill gradient and average speed you get your power.

  11. Andrew Kilbride on March 31, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Hi im 41 weigh 16st 5 just bought a bike to try and loose weight and get a bit fitter been out everyday doing 20 mile on flat walk path nice and steady averaging 12mph what speed should i be trying to get to to loose weight

  12. PastowanyKaban on March 31, 2020 at 10:34 am


  13. Imre Takó on March 31, 2020 at 10:35 am

    And, how many calories do you burn when you downhill? 😀

  14. Ehsin on March 31, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I don’t eat like a pig and cycle alot but still skinny fat. fuck you fats fuck you… you’re the reason that I’m depressed. other than being a loner and single and worthless and having no idea what I’m doing and what i am supposed to do and… well whatever

  15. matthias on March 31, 2020 at 10:35 am

    thats some sleek as fuck sexy bikes

  16. Sit on the the Aligonkies on March 31, 2020 at 10:37 am

    damn road bikes seems like so much fun! It’s a bummer that they are expensive. 🙁

  17. ramelep on March 31, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Dan at 70k is very thin. How tall are you?

  18. PigIron BigIron on March 31, 2020 at 10:39 am

    To hell with this bloody metric system.

  19. mariana velasco on March 31, 2020 at 10:41 am


  20. KrœnT on March 31, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I miss Matt.

  21. funny master cay on March 31, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Im glad im not the type of body to eat healthy and exercise to loose weight. All i gotta is bike everyday and burn more than i take in. Magic

  22. Лꙋкαсъ Трн҇ћъ on March 31, 2020 at 10:46 am

    If i was cycling 15minutes 12km/h how much did i lose?

  23. Eddie on March 31, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Great video thanks.

  24. LifeTips on March 31, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I don’t know how you gentlemen can justify cycling two-a-breast on roads and holding up traffic.

  25. War Wings Enthusiast on March 31, 2020 at 10:48 am

    I burn nearly 8,000 calories each week by cycling an average of 210km a week, With an average of 3,000m climbed weekly as well. Hard not to overeat sometimes 😆

  26. P Watts on March 31, 2020 at 10:49 am

    A watt is the amount of energy produced by burning 1 joule over 1 second. Thus one watt consumes 3600 joules per hour, or 3.6 kilojoules, or just under 1 calorie (actually kilocalorie). I don’t know where 4 calories comes from, but it is not correct.

    It is also important to remember that calories are consumed and watts are produced just running the body at a heightened rate, which does not get transferred to the pedals.

  27. fatyowls on March 31, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Do you rate fig biscuits.

  28. Voodoo Child on March 31, 2020 at 10:51 am

    He doesn’t look 36 years of age

  29. ItzNohnDoe on March 31, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Couldn’t you measure power in torque?

  30. cossie_dean insta on March 31, 2020 at 10:55 am

    You do NOT need carbohydrates for energy, big fat lie! Run your body on ketones for life!

  31. Good Guy on March 31, 2020 at 10:57 am

    I bike 5 killometers strait.

  32. UrbanArtifact on March 31, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Step 1: enter ketosis step 2: get fat adapted step 3: go on a century ride without needing all that gel crap and still produce the same power as your buddy eating 6 gels an hour to not bonk.

  33. Ninemisha Love on March 31, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Hermosos paisajes/Beautiful landscapes 🌿🌾🌱🍃

  34. Asiate on March 31, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Just use a Fitnesstracker bruh

  35. Rahul Chugh on March 31, 2020 at 11:00 am

    pls tell me how much i ride cycle per day to burn fat in very less time

  36. I Racer on March 31, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Fascinating if you’re a stat nerd or an obsessive calorie counter/dieter, but the most important thing is to just get out and ride.
    If I you get a new bike and fall in love with cycling, just ride all the time. Eating a healthy diet is good for your body even if I you don’t cycle, but if you do cycle and eat a healthy diet too, you’re virtually guaranteed to lose weight and you can have more ‘treats’ than you could have if you didn’t cycle.

  37. Akhash Exp on March 31, 2020 at 11:03 am

    check out this guys

  38. Gēmu_ bideo on March 31, 2020 at 11:06 am

    bro can you make video on best drivetrain.

  39. Djordje Kisic on March 31, 2020 at 11:06 am

    If you are used to metrical sistem you burn 400 calories while watching this video

  40. Lock Smith on March 31, 2020 at 11:06 am

    What are these fucking queers going on about

  41. theGarinator on March 31, 2020 at 11:09 am

    I use my garmin 230 to gage my C burn. I burn far more calories cycling per 45min than I do jogging or running. MyFitnessPal tells me to consume 2300C per day, but I can burn 1000 calories in an hour of cycling. Sometimes my Garmin tells me I get a training effect of 5, which it objects to. But I don’t feel wacked out afterwards though. It dictates my recovery period usually over 24hrs I’m TypeII Diabetic and 65 yrs old.

  42. ZGRAKIJU on March 31, 2020 at 11:11 am

    yes……as many as SIS says………

  43. Livanjka21 on March 31, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Sitting in a café sweaty like that is nasty. Go home and grab a coffee there!

  44. Fattimithy on March 31, 2020 at 11:18 am

    This is the big thing I have come to learn about calorie tracking. The answer is, no one really knows. The absolute best they can do is within 40% accuracy.

    The best way to find out is through riding regularly, changing your approach to nutrition when riding and to consider what you are trying to achieve when riding (weightloss, enjoyment or for performance).

    My own research tells me that Ill burn between 450 – 650 calories per hour depending on how much effort and the terrain Im riding. DYOR.

  45. Global Cycling Network on March 31, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Do you keep a record of how many calories you burn? let us know 👇

  46. Aaron Mack on March 31, 2020 at 11:20 am

    A lot on a 3 hour ride I do 38 miles sometimes 1 or 2 more I burn around 2k calories its good exercise it works your heart mainly my legs usually recoup within a day but it takes an extra day to recoop cardiovascularly

  47. gordontarpley on March 31, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Here’s the answer to your title.
    All of them.
    I’m friggin starving right now.

  48. George J Gilles.: on March 31, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Valuable information.

  49. Daniel Bryan on March 31, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Love the one push up Matt does before getting into bed 👍🏼

  50. NotJo on March 31, 2020 at 11:25 am

    What about ketones?

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