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    mountain biking and calories

    On a good ride, how much do we burn? A good 20 mile GB ride for example, excluding beer and tacos afterwards of course.
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    I kill off about 1000 Calories per hour of mtb-ing.
    And what they wanted, Was his eternal Slowdown.

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    Okay, so I'll take that to about 600-800 calories for the pace we ride, but that's still pretty good. Take that pizza and beer!!!
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    Using HRM for a GB ride it usually says 2800-3500 Calories for me.

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    nice.
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    How many calories are in 3 tacodeli tacos and 3 beers? And not that steel reserve crap that todd was drinking.
    "A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all" - Paul Westerberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmwoodall View Post
    Using HRM for a GB ride it usually says 2800-3500 Calories for me.
    ah... I see the problem... that little bit of weight up high probably contributed to your wipe out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmwoodall View Post
    Using HRM for a GB ride it usually says 2800-3500 Calories for me.
    3500 cal =~ 1 lb of fat, IIRC. Small wonder my pants are slowly getting bigger....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmwoodall View Post
    Using HRM for a GB ride it usually says 2800-3500 Calories for me.
    I'm calling bullshit you must be riding for 7+ hours at 80%+ of max HR to burn off that many calories.

    Remember to lose one pound of body fat you must burn 3500 MORE calories than you consume.

    If your using a HR monitor only to see if your burning calories it's about 25% off the actual number you burn.

    If you have a power measuring device SRM/PowerTap that will give you a better picture of actual calories burned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Kitty View Post
    I'm calling bullshit you must be riding for 7+ hours at 80%+ of max HR to burn off that many calories.

    Remember to lose one pound of body fat you must burn 3500 MORE calories than you consume.

    If your using a HR monitor only to see if your burning calories it's about 25% off the actual number you burn.

    If you have a power measuring device SRM/PowerTap that will give you a better picture of actual calories burned.
    Tyler was riding at near 90% trying to keep up with me... which is why he lost control on the main trail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Kitty View Post
    I'm calling bullshit you must be riding for 7+ hours at 80%+ of max HR to burn off that many calories.

    Remember to lose one pound of body fat you must burn 3500 MORE calories than you consume.

    If your using a HR monitor only to see if your burning calories it's about 25% off the actual number you burn.

    If you have a power measuring device SRM/PowerTap that will give you a better picture of actual calories burned.
    Chill homeboy.

    I never said I BURN X AMOUNT OF CALORIES, I simply stated what my HRM claims. I use it as a guide to what I burn/do of one day vs. the next.

    Besides we have hills and technical features so its like riding at 40% in Houston for us to equate to the same thing per time allotment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost27 View Post
    Tyler was riding at near 90% trying to keep up with me... which is why he lost control on the main trail...
    The main trail is tricky, what with those mild curves and small rocks every twenty yards. Oh geez don't even get me started on the trees and those incessant leaves that they drop making intermittent slick patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Kitty View Post
    I'm calling bullshit you must be riding for 7+ hours at 80%+ of max HR to burn off that many calories.

    Remember to lose one pound of body fat you must burn 3500 MORE calories than you consume.

    If your using a HR monitor only to see if your burning calories it's about 25% off the actual number you burn.

    If you have a power measuring device SRM/PowerTap that will give you a better picture of actual calories burned.
    Not really BS.
    The 1000/hr is about right for me as well, depending on effort and location.

    I did 14.1 miles on BCGB on Friday, 2:45 min with stops and 3008 calories per my HRM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmwoodall View Post

    Besides we have hills and technical features so its like riding at 40% in Houston for us to equate to the same thing per time allotment.
    you still don't get it do you?

    riding some "technical" trail doesn't mean jack shit when it come to calories burned it all about energy expenditure trust me I'll burn a lot more calories on a three hour road training ride than some one of similar build riding three hours off road.

    like I said unless you have a power measuring device SRM/PowerTap your not going to get an accurate reading of calories burned. I've got both a Polar HR monitor and a SRM the polar is W A Y off from the number that the SRM has for calories burned. The only time ive ever seen 3500+ calories burned have been on 6+ hour rides on the road the type where you come in feeling like someone has beat you with a bat afterwards.

    I highly doubt that your 45min pedal and stop pedal and stop weekend warrior ride has you burning more than 600 calories so I suggest you check how you have your HR monitor set if you want to be halfway correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Kitty View Post
    you still don't get it do you?

    riding some "technical" trail doesn't mean jack shit when it come to calories burned it all about energy expenditure trust me I'll burn a lot more calories on a three hour road training ride than some one of similar build riding three hours off road.

    like I said unless you have a power measuring device SRM/PowerTap your not going to get an accurate reading of calories burned. I've got both a Polar HR monitor and a SRM the polar is W A Y off from the number that the SRM has for calories burned. The only time ive ever seen 3500+ calories burned have been on 6+ hour rides on the road the type where you come in feeling like someone has beat you with a bat afterwards.

    I highly doubt that your 45min pedal and stop pedal and stop weekend warrior ride has you burning more than 600 calories so I suggest you check how you have your HR monitor set if you want to be halfway correct.
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    What is the difference that you are seeing between the Polar HRM and the SRM? Is it a consistent %-age? Kind of curious.
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    A quick Google and check of various institutes and calculators far clever'er than I am suggests 1000 per hour is (depending on rider weight) pretty accurate.

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    Kitty doesn't ride the greenbelt, she doesn't know what she's talking about. Houston does have technical features. There is a strip mall on SH249.
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