How many calories an hour does casual biking burn?

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 28, 2009
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bike now commuter

Via our friends over at Ideal Bite, some bicycle (click here for my Huffington Post article on Top 10 Commuter Bikes) basics:

  • Every gallon of gasoline we burn creates about 20 pounds of climate-change-causing CO2, making commuting by bike way eco-friendly.
  • Casual biking burns about 173 calories per hour.
  • A typical U.S. family spends nearly $8,000 per year operating a car, while a bike might cost $50 for an annual tune-up.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “How many calories an hour does casual biking burn?”

  1. Love the illustration.

    When bicycling is not earth-friendly… a somewhat humorous story.

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