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    Can anybody recommend / write a fat biking app? Runtastic doesn't get it..

    Does anyone know of an alternative calorie counter to Runtastic for fat biking? It has cycling, mountain biking and hand biking (wtf?) modes - but no fat mode. I use it for all my rides, but as those of you who ride fat will know, pushing one of these through the snow involves a lot more effort than on a normal steed - I reckon calories burned would be almost 1/3 more under snowy conditions (especially wearing insulating layers). My runtastic today said 400 cals for 1.5hrs whereas my mate's Fitbit came in quite differently.. at 1400! It would be great if one of the techies on here could write a program that allows user to set bike weight, snow conditions (hard packed, shallow snow or deep snow) and then let the computer work out a more accurate reading.
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    I always did my calculations based on time and effort.
    I'd usually use a baseline of 25 calories for 4 minutes or so. This was based on 25 cal/ mile on a road bike.

    Harder rides got it bumped up by 5 cal. Easier got bumped down.

    Might not be accurate at all, but I used that on LoseIt! And dropped 15 pounds in ten weeks or so.... So one way or another it worked.

    Plus considering I ride a mix of mountain, cross, and road it did fine

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    Rather than an new/xtra app, I would suggest a fitness app that allows use of a Heart Rate monitor.... that may give you a far more accurate way of measuring how much energy you burn. If you use runtastic they may already allow an ANT+ HRM strap to integrate with their apps?

    I don't think your Fitbit is far out if you have been pushing yourself to the max for 1hr. I used to use a Polar HRM that told me similar numbers (about 1000 cals per hr)

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    It's a pain to switch apps once you've settled on one.
    If you like Runtastic, the "Pro" versions of their apps have heart rate monitoring capabilities. All you need is a bluetooth heart rate strap. That'll give you more accurate results when it comes to counting calories when you are in "Fat Bike Mode" or not.

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    Also agree with the Heart Rate strap, NOT the HR measured from a FitBit or similar devices, I have yet to find one that is remotely close to accurate!

    Wahoo Fitness makes an excellent Chest Strap HR Monitor that is both Bluetooth & ANT and works with nearly all apps and collection devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc). http://amzn.com/B00INQVYZ8

    Between time & effort (based on HR) it will not matter what app or mode you use, you'll have a much more accurate calculation. Be aware that each app will have their own "secrete sauce" for that calculation, so stick with one app for consistency and you'll be good to go!




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    May I suggest an alternate technique?

    Eat until you're full before you leave.

    Eat until you're full when you get back.

    Measure the calories you ate when you got back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sven7 View Post
    May I suggest an alternate technique?

    Eat until you're full before you leave.

    Eat until you're full when you get back.

    Measure the calories you ate when you got back.

    Cute, but you're not serious, right?

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    use an app like strava and a heart rate monitor. If you want to get more precise, use a power meter. there's no need for a fat specific app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    use an app like strava and a heart rate monitor. If you want to get more precise, use a power meter. there's no need for a fat specific app.
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    Thanks for all of your suggestions - very interesting!

    What on earth is a power meter btw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charger H View Post
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    Thanks for all of your suggestions - very interesting!

    What on earth is a power meter btw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    use an app like strava and a heart rate monitor. If you want to get more precise, use a power meter. there's no need for a fat specific app.
    This is the answer. Calorie calcs based on nothing more than time or distance are BS. Calorie calcs based on heart rate are a little better. Calorie calcs based on a power meter are much better. Calorie calcs based on a power meter used in conjunction with lab testing to establish various baselines are the best.

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    Thanks for all of your suggestions - very interesting!

    What on earth is a power meter btw?
    Expensive.

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    Bike till you puke. Puke. Casually ride home.
    it's a challenge some of us are ultimately worthy of.

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    Calories? Eat less, bike more? Lean protein, veggies and such. My fat bike doesn't even have a bike computer. Not a roadie and I don't race. Eat reasonably most of the time? Are you on a diet? I bike so I don't have to be on a diet. YRMV.

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