Calorie Calculator

Important! Do this First
Go to the Settings tab and select your Bike Model, Sex, Height, Weight and Age. These settings are used in the calorie calculation.

How to Reset the Display
The calorie calculator uses the Time and Distance from the display to estimate calories burned. To reset the Time and Distance counters to zero, just press and hold the button on the display for about 5 seconds.

How to Use the Calorie Calculator
To calculate your calories burned, simply copy the information from the bike into the calorie calculator and press the Calculate Calories button. Date of Activity Dropdown
This was added because some people forget to save their results until the next day.

Create a Free Account (Optional) You can use the Calorie Calculator with our without an account.
An account gives you the ability to:
  • Save your daily exercise results.
  • View your daily, weekly and monthly exercise results.
  • Save your daily activity to your Fitbit account as footsteps or miles cycling.
  • Preserve the values you entered in the Settings tab between devices.
How to Create a Calorie Calculator Account Creating an account is simple. You only need to enter a username, password and an email address.
To create an account:
  1. Scroll down to the My Account window below.
  2. Then click the Login or Create an Account button. This will open the Login window.
  3. At the bottom of the Login window click on the Create Accountlink. This will open the Create New Account window.
  4. Fill in the details and press the Create Account button.
  5. You'll be sent a verification email. Click on the link in the email to activate your account.
  6. That's it. At this point you can login to your Calorie Calculator account using your email address and password.

Linking to Fitbit

You can log your DeskCycle activity directly to your Fitbit account as footsteps or miles cycled. To do this you will first need to:

  1. Create a Calorie Calculator account. See the section above.
  2. Connect your Calorie Calculator account to your Fitbit account. This is quick and easy. The steps are listed below
Connecting to Your Fitbit Account.
  1. Login to your Calorie Calculator. When logged in, you'll see the window below at the bottom of the Calorie Calculator.
  2. Click on the Connect to Fitbit button. You will be taken to the Fitbit authorization screen.
  3. Click on the Allow button on the FitBit authorization screen. You will be returned to the Calorie Calculator.

Saving your Daily Activity

You can save your daily activity in the Results window If you are logged in, the buttons will show up in your account at the bottom of the results window as shown below.


Calorie Calculator Settings

Settings affect the accuracy of the calorie calculator results.

Bike Model 





Level (From Resistance Dial) 
Time (From Display) 
Distance (From Display) 
Date of Activity

Progress Logging

 My Account Logged Out 

Why do we have a Calorie Calculator?

Cycling displays are not accurate.

Most exercise bikes display Calories and Distance. Unfortunately they are only estimates. The reasons for the inaccuracy in Calories and Distance 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. Measuring power could easily add over $200 to the cost of the bike.

Our solution

We calibrate our bikes at the factory. The resistance is known for each position of the adjustment dial at all pedal speeds. We also include the physical characteristics of the person using the bike to improve the Calorie and the Distance calculation.

New! Progress Logging and Fitbit® Support

On October 15, 2018 we added the ability to log and view your exercise progress. Using the Progress Viewer you can view your daily, weekly and monthly progress. Simply create an account and then save your daily progress with a click of a button in the Calorie Calculator Results window.

We also added the ability to save your daily DeskCycle usage to your Fitbit® account as either footsteps, or cycling miles on a road bike.