# Can I estimate a real world speed using a Cycling Machine in the Gym?

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##### Asked by: Mary Davis

## Is stationary bike speed accurate?

In theory, determining the distance on a bike is a straightforward calculation. Just multiply the tire’s circumference by the number of revolutions. As long as the bike’s electronics are working properly, **most machines are accurate when performing a simple distance measurement**, and this includes stationary bicycles.

## How do stationary bikes calculate speed?

**Multiply the circumference by the RPMs**. In the example, if the bike’s gauge read 500 RPMs, then you would multiply 500 by 63, resulting in 31,500 inches per minute. Multiply inches per minute by 60 to calculate inches per hour. In the example, you would have 1,890,000 inches per hour.

## How many minutes on a stationary bike equals a mile?

six minutes

Sixty divided by 10 equals 6. This essentially means that you need **six minutes** to cycle a single mile, if you’re going at a speed of 10 miles per hour.

## Is stationary bike harder than real bike?

For a 155-pound individual, **stationary biking burns 260 to 391 calories in 30 minutes depending on the intensity of the exercise**, and outdoor cycling ranges from 298 to 614 calories burned in 30 minutes based on speed.

## Is 20 mph on a stationary bike fast?

**20 mph is considered a moderate pace** for someone who has been exercising regularly. It also depends on the type of stationary bike that you are using as well as your height and weight. Some models of stationary bikes only go as high as 10 mph, while others can go to 30 mph.

## What is a good speed on stationary bike?

Aim to maintain a cadence (measured on the cycle console in revolutions per minute or RPMs) of **80 to 100 RPMs on “flat ground” (low to moderate resistance) and 60 to 80 RPMs on “hills” (moderate to high resistance)**.

## Is 3 miles on a stationary bike the same as walking 3 miles?

Most fitness experts who have calculated calorie burn for both exercises base their numbers on time spent rather than distance traveled. In several studies conducted by reputable scientists, it was determined that, **under equal conditions, bike riding was at least equal to walking**.

## Is a stationary bike better than walking?

If you want to burn calories and you’re short on time, **cycling may be the better option**. Cycling burns more calories given the same time and intensity as walking.

## How many miles on a stationary bike equals 10000 steps?

How many miles on a bike equals 10,000 steps? If you’re cycling on relatively flat terrain with minimal wind, 10,000 steps would be equal to **15 to 18 miles**.

## Is cycling better than gym?

Weight lifting and bodyweight exercises can help you build muscle and burn fat. However, **cycling benefits in making you forget all about time**. When you are cycling outdoors, a 30-minute ride does not feel that long but 30-minutes of working out in the gym can drain you.

## Is stationary bike better than treadmill?

When comparing the calorie burn from treadmills versus stationary bikes, you have to consider the intensity and duration of your training. Studies suggest that **running on a treadmill burns 8.18–10.78 calories per minute, while stationary cycling burns 7.98–10.48 calories per minute** ( 10 ).

## Does indoor cycling really work?

**Indoor cycling classes help you shed fat, improve your heart health, and boost your muscle endurance**. Your legs will get a serious workout. By the end of class, you’ll have a steady stream of feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins. Many gyms offer indoor cycling classes.

## How fast is 60 RPM on a stationary bike?

For example, a cadence of 60 RPM means that **one pedal makes a complete revolution 60 times in one minute**. Likewise, a cadence of 110 RPM means that one pedal makes a complete revolution 110 times in one minute.

## Is it better to cycle faster or longer?

**Pedaling faster puts more stress on your aerobic system**, but with training, your aerobic system will adapt and you’ll be able to sustain a high pace on flat ground and hills for longer periods of time.

## Is it better to cycle faster or with more resistance?

However, if you are looking to increase the intensity of your workout without extending your time on the bike, modifying the tension during your ride is a good option. By increasing the resistance, you’ll make your workout more challenging and burn more calories in the same amount of time.

## What speed is considered moderate on a stationary bike?

Moderate pace

According to Harvard University, moderate cycling is a pace of around **12–13.9 miles per hour** (19.3–22.4 kilometers per hour).

## Does cycling with no resistance do anything?

Riding at high speeds without resistance **increases the risk of injury**. Riding with resistance develops speed, power, and strength. The only time you should go resistance-free is during warm -up and cool-down.