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    I have an older Garmin HRM1G that came w/ my forerunner 305. I changed to battery out last xmas time frame. I do think it's working, the club ride we had on the 4th of july was hard and was in the upper 170s a number of times on each climb trying to keep up and/or limit how much I get dropped.

    I do have the autopause set up at 2.5mph or slower. But on the main climb, I stopped once at the bottom to roll up my soaked windbreaker and pocket it. Strava is my stop watch, it even counts both moving and non moving time.

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    How long do the batteries last? I'm tempted to just switch mine out - it's been a year and a half and 5,000 miles or so.

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    I ran it for 3 yrs before replacing it. It still had juice but I had an extra 2032 laying around so why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    I have an older Garmin HRM1G that came w/ my forerunner 305. I changed to battery out last xmas time frame. I do think it's working, the club ride we had on the 4th of july was hard and was in the upper 170s a number of times on each climb trying to keep up and/or limit how much I get dropped.

    I do have the autopause set up at 2.5mph or slower. But on the main climb, I stopped once at the bottom to roll up my soaked windbreaker and pocket it. Strava is my stop watch, it even counts both moving and non moving time.
    It was just a thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    How long do the batteries last? I'm tempted to just switch mine out - it's been a year and a half and 5,000 miles or so.
    I've managed to kill 2 premium straps in 20 months and only 10,500 km. I replaced the batteries a couple of times trying to figure out if they (the batteries) were to blame. They weren't.

    Not sure what I've been doing wrong. First one I washed religiously. When it failed in less than a year I figured that perhaps I was washing it too much, so, I only occassionally rinsed the second one with pretty much similliar results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfred View Post
    I've managed to kill 2 premium straps in 20 months and only 10,500 km. I replaced the batteries a couple of times trying to figure out if they (the batteries) were to blame. They weren't.

    Not sure what I've been doing wrong. First one I washed religiously. When it failed in less than a year I figured that perhaps I was washing it too much, so, I only occassionally rinsed the second one with pretty much similliar results.
    I don't think you are doing anything wrong. Wash, don't wash, the premium straps don't last.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Stupid HR monitor did it again today! This time in the middle of the ride, so I should have been generating enough sweat to keep the thing moist. Gah! How do you know when the battery is dead? Bad readings or no readings? (it's the cheaper garmin strap)

    I got all the way down to a HR of 67 before I noticed... I was taking it easy but not that easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Stupid HR monitor did it again today! This time in the middle of the ride, so I should have been generating enough sweat to keep the thing moist. Gah! How do you know when the battery is dead? Bad readings or no readings? (it's the cheaper garmin strap)

    I got all the way down to a HR of 67 before I noticed... I was taking it easy but not that easy!
    If it's the garmin strap with the two snaps that attach to the transmitter, replace it the strap. The snaps suffer an unnoticable amount of corrossion that impedes the very minute electrical signal between heart, sensor pads and transmitter. It's a known and well documented issue. Look at DCrainmakers site. He recommends a different brand of strap that will still snap onto the transmitter but is apparently more durable.

    If it's the entire enclosed ini plastic strap, with no removable transmitter, replace the battery it's easy. A coin opening slot in the back.

    The battery replacement on the "soft" "premium""snap on" strap involves removing a couple of screws.

    Both use a common coin style cell, the number of which I forget at the moment.
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    I have the "cheap" garmin strap... the whole plastic one with the coin operated battery slot. I guess I'll try a new battery before a new strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I have the "cheap" garmin strap... the whole plastic one with the coin operated battery slot. I guess I'll try a new battery before a new strap.
    Your "cheap" strap is what I've just "upgraded" to from the "premium" straps which certainly weren't working for me. I suspect a new battery will rectify the situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I have the "cheap" garmin strap... the whole plastic one with the coin operated battery slot. I guess I'll try a new battery before a new strap.
    Status report? Did the battery fix the situation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfred View Post
    Status report? Did the battery fix the situation?
    I belive it did - I've only ridden once with the new battery, and it was with the kids so it wasn't exactly a high HR excursion but the results look appropriate. I'm going to see if I can get a ride in tomorrow but I think all is well.

    Nice cheap fix too.

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    I need to change out the batteries in my legs

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