Ron used his engineering smarts to find out. He came up with proof that he could burn almost as many calories on an electric bike as on a regular bike.

A Pedal Easy electric bike – calories burned cycling. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Here is one of the Pedal Easy electric bikes Ron Wensel designed and created.

Because of his heart constraints, Ron always uses a heart rate monitor while cycling (here is a post about how to get fit with a heart rate monitor). He can still do group bike rides and even go on long-distance biking vacations with his wife: he just wears his heart rate monitor, pedals the bike like a regular bike – and then uses the electric assistance whenever his heart rate is close to his “danger zone” of 140 beats per minute.

Heart Rate Monitor Records Prove that you Burn almost as Many Calories on an Electric Bike as on a Regular Bike

Being a scientist, Ron did some testing to see how many calories you can burn with an electric bike. He did the same ride two times, once with assistance and once without, and measured all the stats.

Graph 1: A one-hour bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, using throttle assist for the tougher parts. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Graph 1: A one-hour bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, using throttle assist for the tougher parts. The blue graph line is Ron’s heart rate.

Graph 2: The SAME bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, with NO electric assistance. The blue graph line is Ron's heart rate, occasionally getting into some scary danger zones. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Graph 2: The SAME bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, with NO electric assistance. The blue graph line is Ron’s heart rate, occasionally getting into some scary danger zones.

Ron’s heart rate monitor not only measured his heart rate – it also supplied some very interesting information about the calories he burned on the two bike rides. This graph shows both bike rides, with the number of calories burned on both rides.

Graph 3: The number of calories burned on both rides - one with electric assistance, one without. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Graph 3: The number of calories burned on both rides – one with electric assistance, one without

Notice that when Ron used electric assistance, he burned up 444 calories. When he did the bike ride without electric assistance, he burned up 552 calories. So riding with electrical assistance resulted in burning only 20% less calories. Burning 440 calories in an hour is a big deal – done regularly, this kind of calorie burn could result in significant weight loss.

This shows very clearly that you can burn a lot of calories cycling on an electric bike. I am very happy about this, and plan to keep riding my electric bike as much as I can. Which reminds me – research shows clearly that people who buy electric bikes end up cycling many more miles than people who buy regular bikes! The effect is even stronger with women.

Research shows that people who buy electric bikes end up cycling many more miles than people who buy regular bikes! The effect is even stronger with women. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Research shows that people who buy electric bikes end up cycling many more miles than people who buy regular bikes! The effect is even stronger with women.

Here's Maggie with a BionX powered Devinci Rio. This was on a very long bike ride over some serious hills on Salt Spring Island. That two-day bike ride just would not have happened if we did not have electric bikes. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Here’s Maggie with a BionX powered Devinci Rio. This was on a very long bike ride over some serious hills on Salt Spring Island. That two-day bike ride just would not have happened if we did not have electric bikes.

Of course, this is not the only evidence about the health benefits of electric bikes.

 

Ron used his engineering smarts to find out. He came up with proof that he could burn almost as many calories on an electric bike as on a regular bike.

A Pedal Easy electric bike – calories burned cycling. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Here is one of the Pedal Easy electric bikes Ron Wensel designed and created.

Because of his heart constraints, Ron always uses a heart rate monitor while cycling (here is a post about how to get fit with a heart rate monitor). He can still do group bike rides and even go on long-distance biking vacations with his wife: he just wears his heart rate monitor, pedals the bike like a regular bike – and then uses the electric assistance whenever his heart rate is close to his “danger zone” of 140 beats per minute.

Heart Rate Monitor Records Prove that you Burn almost as Many Calories on an Electric Bike as on a Regular Bike

Being a scientist, Ron did some testing to see how many calories you can burn with an electric bike. He did the same ride two times, once with assistance and once without, and measured all the stats.

Graph 1: A one-hour bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, using throttle assist for the tougher parts. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Graph 1: A one-hour bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, using throttle assist for the tougher parts. The blue graph line is Ron’s heart rate.

Graph 2: The SAME bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, with NO electric assistance. The blue graph line is Ron's heart rate, occasionally getting into some scary danger zones. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Graph 2: The SAME bike ride over moderately hilly terrain, with NO electric assistance. The blue graph line is Ron’s heart rate, occasionally getting into some scary danger zones.

Ron’s heart rate monitor not only measured his heart rate – it also supplied some very interesting information about the calories he burned on the two bike rides. This graph shows both bike rides, with the number of calories burned on both rides.

Graph 3: The number of calories burned on both rides - one with electric assistance, one without. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Graph 3: The number of calories burned on both rides – one with electric assistance, one without

Notice that when Ron used electric assistance, he burned up 444 calories. When he did the bike ride without electric assistance, he burned up 552 calories. So riding with electrical assistance resulted in burning only 20% less calories. Burning 440 calories in an hour is a big deal – done regularly, this kind of calorie burn could result in significant weight loss.

This shows very clearly that you can burn a lot of calories cycling on an electric bike. I am very happy about this, and plan to keep riding my electric bike as much as I can. Which reminds me – research shows clearly that people who buy electric bikes end up cycling many more miles than people who buy regular bikes! The effect is even stronger with women.

Research shows that people who buy electric bikes end up cycling many more miles than people who buy regular bikes! The effect is even stronger with women. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Research shows that people who buy electric bikes end up cycling many more miles than people who buy regular bikes! The effect is even stronger with women.

Here's Maggie with a BionX powered Devinci Rio. This was on a very long bike ride over some serious hills on Salt Spring Island. That two-day bike ride just would not have happened if we did not have electric bikes. How Many Calories can you Burn on an Electric Bike

Here’s Maggie with a BionX powered Devinci Rio. This was on a very long bike ride over some serious hills on Salt Spring Island. That two-day bike ride just would not have happened if we did not have electric bikes.

Of course, this is not the only evidence about the health benefits of electric bikes.