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    HRM of choice

    ok i have two questions........

    1) what is best HRM for under 50 dollars?

    2) what is a good yet affordable HRM that can be hooked to computer after a rate to track my progress/ride?


    thanks everyone!
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    Yeah, good luck with that. I don't think there is a well-reviewed HRM with computer download/upload features for under $50. My personal opinion, best bang for the buck is the Polar F6 (Edit: $199).
    Last edited by bobbyahines; 08-07-07 at 05:54 PM. Reason: Mis-listed the retail price on HRM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyahines View Post
    Yeah, good luck with that. I don't think there is a well-reviewed HRM with computer download/upload features for under $50. My personal opinion, best bang for the buck is the Polar F6 (Edit: $199).
    they are two seperate questions......
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    Polar makes very good HRMs ad Consumer Reports tested them as the most accurate. You can easily get a good one from Amazon.com or other sites for $50 or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
    Polar makes very good HRMs ad Consumer Reports tested them as the most accurate. You can easily get a good one from Amazon.com or other sites for $50 or less.
    thanks appreciate the help!
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    yeah definetly save some more cash and spend it on a polar, ive used a few different brands, polar is by far the one im most happy with, just wish i had gone with polar first
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    I've seen several people say they like the Polar CS100. It offers all the basic heart rate and cycling computer functions and the data can be downloaded to the computer. Cost is in the $100 range. I bought one, but haven't installed it yet...

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    Doesn't Polar recommend that you send it back to them to get the battery changed out. I know I used to have one years ago and I changed it myself, it was a PITA. Damn a company that tries to force you to send the unit back to them to simply change the friggin battery. I am assuming that is still the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roost5o View Post
    Doesn't Polar recommend that you send it back to them to get the battery changed out. I know I used to have one years ago and I changed it myself, it was a PITA. Damn a company that tries to force you to send the unit back to them to simply change the friggin battery. I am assuming that is still the case.
    That's for the strap. I think they still do that but it's supposed to be good for 2500 hours (the one I bought). If you trained for 15 hours a week (which is more than most people do), 52 weeks a year, it would last you more than 3 years. How many people have think they'll be using the same cycling tech stuff in 3 years? And mind you, that's 52 weeks a year of 15 hours a week. Chances are much more likely, you'll do a lot less in the winter months. So it'd average more like 10 hours a week -- about 5 years. And in 3-5 years, replacing that HRM will likely cost about $20 (to get an old model).

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    They still recommend you send the base unit back to them for battery replacement. Complete nonsense, but that's what they recommend. My S-150 battery lasted 2 years of shamefully infrequent use. Battery was $4 at radio shack and took an eyeglass-size Phillips screwdriver and ten minutes of my time to replace.

    I agree with you on the sensor - that things likely to be pretty nasty by the time you need a new battery anyway - buy a new one.

    Quote Originally Posted by piper_chuck View Post
    It offers all the basic heart rate and cycling computer functions and the data can be downloaded to the computer.
    Are you sure about that? I thought that when my wife bought me my S150, only to find out all I could do was upload data TO it (basic setup plus stupid little logos). Polar's site seems to say the same thing about the CS100. Look under "Computer Connectivity" about 2/3 of the way down:

    http://www.polarusa.com/Products/cs/...p?cat=consumer
    Last edited by GV27; 08-10-07 at 01:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GV27 View Post
    Are you sure about that? I thought that when my wife bought me my S150, only to find out all I could do was upload data TO it (basic setup plus stupid little logos). Polar's site seems to say the same thing about the CS100. Look under "Computer Connectivity" about 2/3 of the way down:

    http://www.polarusa.com/Products/cs/...p?cat=consumer
    Looks like I made the same mistake.

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    Yepper - easy to make. Especially when they advertise that you can connect it to your computer. They just leave out the fact you can't really do anything. For my S150 they actually said it was compatible with their full software. I actually spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to make it work before I stumbled across a page that said that it didn't. You're number one in my book, Polar!

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    I have the opportunity to pick up a Polar S150 real cheap at Performance ($80 - 15% = $68). I don't really care about the cycling computer or uploading data functionality. All I care about is being able to preset the different training zones and having the thing beep at me if I go too high or too low. My really old Polar Pacer beeps when I go too high or too low, but the problem is that I can't hear the beep too well with traffic and road noise. How loud is the beeping on the S150?

    Also, is there any interference with the Shimano Flight Deck wireless? I assume the S150 doesn't come with a coded strap, so I wouldn't be able to ride with buddies that also have Polar HRMs?

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