Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Running vs. Cycling: Caloric Burn Rates

Howard has calculated that at his current 194 pounds, riding his bike at 18 miles per hour without wind or hills burns the same number of calories per hour as running an 8 minute-per-mile pace. These are his standard sustainable paces for each activity, though he can go 10-20% faster on his bike for a few hours, while he can't run faster than that for more than a couple minutes before dying.

And bicycling DOESN'T hurt nearly as bad at 18 mph as running does at 8 min./mile, that's for sure!

Retired bicycle framebuilder Dave Moulton has broken down the scientific comparisons between cycling and running for those interested in caloric burn rates. You can read about it in greater detail at his blog here.

Howard's take-away: How can people run so much when bicycling seems to be the better option?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the same reason i'd rather use a wood bat than a metal one.

11:01 PM, September 27, 2007  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

You and your knees are still young, anonymous. The erosion has only begun!

10:16 AM, September 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the same nation that elected George Bush *Twice*

Thats right I've found you

bwhahahah!

5:13 PM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Hi culimerc, you bad boy!

Thanks for visiting the Big Blog of Fun. Just curious: What does your BikeJournal name mean?

bwhahahah!

11:32 PM, October 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to be a journeyman chef. Read traveling sous chef. I've worked in a bunch o' different states including stints in Breck and the Boat.

Culi -nary
Merc -enary

9:42 PM, October 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humans are old, go way back. Modern world is hard to form half our machines. I hiked park land and levied on complete Earth. Shed bike shed it all. Level the playing field and humans still rock.

11:34 AM, November 18, 2007  
Blogger Shawn said...

running is my primary sport, it can be quite challenging, it is easy to push yourself to the point of exhaustion. I started cycling recently as well, I don't believe one is any better than the other. I believe each has it's place and a combination of both can serve anyone well. Personally I run for different reasons than I bike and I believe both are wonderful sports!

6:34 PM, May 31, 2009  

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