How much energy do I spend when cycling and how should it feel?

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    How much energy do I spend when cycling and how should it feel?

    In August, I've bought a folding bicycle and started to ride it a couple of times a week, gradually increasing distance (My ideal goal is to be able to use it at least partially for daily commute in the autumn, which means about 15-20 km in total during the day). I haven't rode a bike for many years; now I'm starting to enjoy it again, but there is one thing that confuses me:

    Wnen I ride a bike, the activity itself feels pretty easy. My muscles don't get tired, the breath remains steady, I don't sweat that much (unless it's actually hot). The workload seems to be closer to walking than running. But when I come home, I feel unexpectedly ravenously hungry. Does cycling make me spend more energy, than it seems in the process? I asked a couple of friends who have bikes, they say the same - even if it feels easy in the process, it makes you spend more energy then you expect.

    Context: My weight is about 95-96 kg now. I ride slowly (no more than 7-8 km per hour), as I'm a cautious newbie and the folding bicycle has relatively small wheels, which also limits the speed. Today I did about 11 km in about 1,5 hours.
    I'm curious about this question, because, although I don't count calories thoroughly, I calculate at least rough estimate for each day, to keep it in mind, don't overeat and continue losing weight. My minimal level of physical activity per day is 8 thousands steps (including running on every other day), so I wonder, how to count riding a bike towards this goal.
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