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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-27-11, 10:00 AM   #1
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HRM monitor for clyde..... recomendations?

Anyone have any recomendations for heart rate monitor for clyde?
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Old 09-27-11, 10:02 AM   #2
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Is just for riding or do you want it for other stuff? What is the Max you'll spend?
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I've got a Garmin HRM. It talks to my Edge bike computer. This means I can look down while I'm riding and see what my heart is doing, and it means I can politely ask the computer to yell at me when it doesn't like my heart rate. Sometimes I have it nag me when I go anaerobic or redline, which helps me keep a nice, relaxed pace, especially for a recovery ride. Other times I'll have it complain when I don't work hard enough. I don't use the nag feature often, but it's pretty useful when I do.

On the other hand, REI's used section has lots of Sigma and Polar heart monitors, and some Garmin watch ones, for very good prices. They don't do quite as much, but they'll tell you your heart rate.

So I guess the real question is what you want it to do for you, and, also, how much you'd like to spend?
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Old 09-27-11, 10:56 AM   #4
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Is just for riding or do you want it for other stuff? What is the Max you'll spend?

dont talk to jethro he is evil. i asked him about a $30 cadence computer and ended up with a $160 Garmin Forerunner 305 w/cadence. evil i say evil.

But the thing is awesome!!! i actually enjoy running now (well not enjoy but its more fun then dreading it). and the HRM on the bike helps me push harder as i found speed isnt a good metric to use. And with garmin connect i compete with myself which is great motivator. I love the thing because i can use it for running, biking, swimming (if i get into that)

YMMV but i love that little computer and the data it spits out. its highly worth a look, or a look at its bike specific edge series (which in theory you can use for other sports)
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Old 09-27-11, 11:55 AM   #5
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If you want to go low end, I'm happy with my Omron (HR-100). It was about $35 from Amazon. It's a watch, but comes with a simple handle bar mount. I've only used it on the trainer. Seems to work OK. Strap fits me fine (I wear a 52 jacket).
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Old 09-27-11, 02:50 PM   #6
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Will be using it while riding.
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I use the Zephyr HRM. It is bluetooth compatible with my android phone. It connects very well with Sportypal Pro and gives constant updated heart rate info, avg as well as high and low limit alarms. Haven't invested in a bike computer (yet) since my phone gives me everything I am interested in except cadence. Battery lasts longer than I can ride for the time being.

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Old 09-27-11, 07:51 PM   #8
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+1 on Garmin 305. Good HRM, GPS, and cycle computer all for about 130.00....mine is going on 2 years old and works great
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