How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike?
Some people seem to think that riding an e-bike is much like surfing a couch. The implication is that riding an electric bike requires expending no energy and burning no calories. Anyone who has tackled tough commutes on an soul electric bike knows how wrong that is! This post shows the surprising number of calories you can burn on an electric bike.
I am exhausted after my 36 mile round trip commute, which includes huge hills and traverses three cities. My regular electric bike rides have definitely help me get healthier, and have caused me to lose 30 pounds so far. After all, most electric bikes (including mine) work on the Pedelec system – that is, they don’t work unless you do too!
How Many Calories Can You Burn on an Electric Bike?
Ron used his engineering smarts to find out. He came up with proof that he could burn almost as many calories on an electric bike as on a regular bike.
Because of his heart constraints, Ron always uses a heart rate monitor while cycling. Here is a post about how to get fit with a heart rate monitor. He can still do group bike rides and even go on long-distance biking vacations pedals the bike like a regular bike – and then uses the electric assistance whenever his heart rate is close to his “danger zone” of 140 beats per minute.
Heart Rate Monitor Records Prove that you Burn almost as Many Calories on an Electric Bike as on a Regular Bike
Being a scientist, Ron did some testing to see how many calories you can burn with an electric bike. He did the same ride two times, once with assistance and once without, and measured all the stats.
Yes, You Can Burn a Lot of Calories on an Electric Bike
This shows very clearly that you can burn a lot of calories cycling on an fast electric bike. I am very happy about this, and plan to keep riding my electric bike as much as I can. Which reminds me – research shows clearly that people who buy electric bikes end up cycling many more miles than people who buy regular bikes! The effect is even stronger with women
Study Shows that Riding an E-bike Promotes Cardiovascular Health
A new study done by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has shown that cycling regularly on an electric bike provides people with an effective workout and improves cardiovascular health. The point of the research was to see whether pedelecs could help physically inactive people achieve the recommended daily exercise levels. Lead author and researcher James Peterman said.
What is a Pedelec?
Pedelecs are ebikes that require the cyclist to pedal in order to get the motor to kick in. There are some electric bikes that can be ridden with throttle only, so that the rider is not required to actually pedal. The Haibike (reviewed here) is an example of a Pedelec, while the Emotion City is an example of a bike that can be ridden in throttle only mode (and can also be used as a pedelec).