Can an electric bike burn a lot of calories?

Can an electric bike burn a lot of calories?
E-bike riders have heard it before - "riding an e-bike is cheating!". Some proudly agree with this criticism while others rightfully defend themselves. How is riding an electric bike cheating? By raising your heart rate, providing interval training, and burning hundreds of calories per hour, electrically assisted bikes provide the same benefits as traditional bikes. We tested this myth here at HOVSCO and you might be surprised by how many calories you burn during an electric adventure.

To test how many calories are burned during an electric bike ride we needed a few devices. In addition to the HOVSCO electric bike, we used an Apple Watch as a heart rate monitor, and one willing rider. Our rider tracked his activities for 45 minutes on a hilly terrain using a brand new A5 mount ebike with pedal-assist 2. During the ride, 498 calories were burned with an average heart rate of 106 beats per minute. These statistics are pretty encouraging for those looking to add some physical activity to their routines.

According to fitness guru Brooke Taylor for CNet the average person should burn 400-500 calories per workout five times a week in order to improve their health and lose weight. With so many electric bike riders taking their wheels out casually, it is likely that they are improving their overall health and decreasing their waist size without even realizing it!

Comparatively, more traditional exercises could burn the same amount of calories as riding. 30 minutes of running at a 9mph pace could burn 488 calories according to while 30 minutes of weight training would burn around 400 calories according to According to, 45 minutes of tennis or hiking results in a 350 calorie loss. When seeing the results from our rider’s 45-minute electric bike ride, it’s clear that an e-bike workout is not taking the easy way out.

According to scientific evidence, electric bikes do not cheat. The increase in heart rate and calories burned are clear proof, and can shut down those pesky e-bike naysayers. If you are looking to improve your physical health, you should consider an electric bike as a way to exercise without the dread that comes with most traditional exercises. One can easily incorporate an e-bike into one's lifestyle, making it a healthy option for commuting or doing chores every week. Will riding an electric bike get you totally ripped? Not likely - but it will help you burn a ton of calories and drop some pounds all while having a blast.

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