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Stationary bike vs. normal bike

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Do you burn different amounts of calories on a stationary bike to a normal bike? I was just thinking about it today and wondering which burns most (if they are not the same).

Edited Mar 28 2008 02:07 by nycgirl
Reason: Moved from Weight Loss to Fitness forum
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If you don't get an answer here post the question on Molly's thread.  She rides both so would know.  HTHCool

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ok thanks but who is Molly? :D

I'm no expert, but I would think a regular bike just because of the varying resistance levels, hills, and the upper body effort that you don't naturally find on a stationary (unless you're constantly pressing buttons while you ride Laughing).

Mollymouser has a thread over in Motivation.
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try x-biking if you belong to gym.  instructor says it burns 2x what spinning does.  It adds resistance to upper body.  I do it 2x per week and it is the most I sweat.  From their website (

Q: What makes X-Biking different from traditional indoor cycling (Spinning®)?


A: There are many things that differentiate X-Biking from the indoor cycling that most people are familiar with. First and foremost, the patented X-Bars (right) are designed to move from side to side, mimicking the real motion created when riding a real mountain or road bike out of the saddle while climbing or sprinting. Further, the X-Bars incorporate a resistance mechanism to provide an upper body and core workout not possible with traditional indoor cycling (Spinning ® ). Second, the X-Bike uses a standard ‘freewheel’ gear mechanism unlike the ‘fixed gear’ mechanism found on the traditional Spinning ® bike. The X-Bike’s freewheel gear makes it the safest indoor bike to ride and further enhances X-Biking workouts because the rider is forced to maintain correct form and utilize their entire pedal stroke, thereby increasing the overall metabolic cost of the effort. This is just one of the reasons X-Biking classes need only be 30 minutes long. Third, the X-Bike features an on-the-fly shifting mechanism that permits the rider to control the resistance at the pedals without moving their hand from the handlebars and with a very high degree of accuracy.

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