Just how many calories are burned biking per mile? It depends on how fast and how hard you are working.
A person who rides on a flat surface going 14-16 miles per hour will burn anywhere from 40-55 calories per mile. The number of calories burned biking per mile caries based upon the persons weight, gender, height and fitness level. This rate of speed is considered very vigorous. A person biking at the rate of 12-13.9 miles per hour will burn anywhere from 35-55 calories per mile based upon the criteria listed above. Light cycling, which involves speeds of 10-12 miles per hour burns approximately 30-43 calories per mile.
As you can see, the number of calories burned biking per mile vary greatly. These numbers should give you a baseline in which to figure out how many miles you need to ride and at what speed you should go to burn a particular amount of calories.
Remember to follow safety precautions such as signaling and wearing a helmet if you are riding outdoors.
Fun fact: A Harvard University study showed that biking is second only to running for the amount of calories burned. Thats good news for people trying to lose weight. Why? Because biking is a low impact sport that can help you quickly lose a lot of weight.
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