DeskCycle Calorie Calculator
Note: In October the calorie calculator will include two new features.
1. Activity Logging
2. Fitbit Support
Click here to learn more
In addition, researchers at CU Boulder measured the energy expenditure of users riding our bikes at different levels. They used the VO2 method, which is considered the golden standard for measuring energy expenditure. These measurements helped us to uncover an error with our calorie calculation method. The new update will use the correct method which correlates with the VO2 testing results.
Calories Burned Sitting: This is the number of Calories that you would have burned for the selected time if you had not used the bike.
Additional Calories Burned Using the Bike: These are the Calories burned from pedaling the bike.
Total Calories Burned: The total number of Calories that you burned during the workout. This includes the number of Calories that you burned using the bike and the number of Calories that you would have burned just sitting at your desk for the time that you rode the bike. This is equal to the Calories Burned Sitting + the Additional Calories Burned Using the Bike.
Total Calories Per Hour: The total number of Calories that you are burning per hour. This includes the number of Calories that you would burn during an hour of using the bike and the number of Calories that you would have burned just sitting at your desk for that hour.
Why do we have a Calorie Calculator?
Cycling displays are not accurate.
Most exercise bikes display Calories. Unfortunately they are only estimates, and poor ones at that. The reasons for the inaccuracy are,
- they don't measure the actual power you put into the bike
- they don't take into account the person using the bike
Without knowing the persons weight, the Calorie estimate could be off by more than 100%. Without knowing power, the Calorie estimates can be off by as much as 1000%
Why don't they measure power?
Because it's expensive to measure power. This is why you only see this feature in the more expensive bikes.
We calibrate our bikes at the factory. The resistance is known for each position of the adjustment dial at all pedal speeds.
We take it a step further than the expensive exercise bikes. We include the physical characteristics of the person using the bike in the Calorie calculation.
How to use the Calorie calculator.
- Select your Gender, Height, Weight and Age.
- Then select the Resistance Dial setting that the bike is currently set to.
- Then enter the Time and Distance values from your display.
- Then press the Calculate Calories button.
How to reset the display.
The display accumulates Time and Distance. You can reset the Time and Distance values to zero before each workout. To reset the display simply hold the display button down for about 5 seconds.