If you’re trying to lose weight (or at least not gain any), you probably pay more than passing attention to how many calories Strava, Garmin Connect or your bike computer and software of choice says you burn on your bike. Reasonably so. But where do those numbers come from? And how accurate are they?
Depending on the information you input and the equipment you use, your calorie counts at the end of any given ride could be pretty spot on, in the general ballpark or fairly far afield. Here’s what you need to know to make them as accurate as possible.