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Old 04-06-08, 04:46 PM   #1
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Which computer for cadence, heart rate and wireless?

Looking for a computer that has a heart rate monitor, cadence and that is also wireless.

I am looking at the Cateye V3, the Garmin Edge 305, and the Garmin Edge 705. Not sure if there is anything else in this category. If there is let me know.

Not sure which one I should get. I like the Garmin for the maps although I am not sure I need them. The uploading ability is nice too. I have not used a GPS on my bike before so I dont know if it is worthwhile to have. I dont like the fact that it has to be charged pretty often and the 705 is new so I am sure there are a bunch of bugs. I like the fact the cateye doesnt have to be charged all the time but the sensor on it is very large and it is also a new product. Not sure of the ability to upload things from it though.

Do the wireless ones have problems with dropping data and giving crazy results? The cateye is 2.4 so it should be better and garmin is a large company and its not the first time they have made computers like this.

Which one would be best (most reliable, easy to use, ect)?
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Old 04-07-08, 01:08 PM   #2
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Not sure about the Edge 305 vs. the Edge 705, but I find I love the ability to upload my performance data on to the computer to monitor max heart rate, average heart rate, cadence, etc. (something you can do with both Garmins).

Having said that, I just sent in my Edge 305 for warranty replacement after roughly 8 months of use when it all-of-a-sudden stopped talking to my computer. Am dearly concerned that the replacement will have the same issue, and we'll trace the root cause back to a faulty connection cable (my initial guess), but the service department wouldn't replace/repair both at the same time.
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I've had very good results with a Polar 720 HRM/computer. Using it for my 3rd season. The wireless HRM data is coded and it is very resistant to power line interference (a big problem where I ride). The wireless speed and cadence are a little more susceptible. However, they are both better than the non-encoded Polar 150 I used to use. As added benefits, you get altimeter info (barometric) and can use an add-on IR interface to download recorded ride data to a PC. The only required maintenance has been battery replacement (a minor PITA but easily do-able). You can also use it as a watch and as an HRM for other activities.
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Interesting that some of the models listed are GPS. It wasn't listed in the criteria.

I use a Polar 725 w/ cadence and speed sensors, but w/o power. Been using mine for 3 years and other than replacing the strap last year have had zero problems. Battery has been replaced once in the main unit as well. Elevation profiles are very nice. I bought a 3rd party IR USB sensor so I didn't have to mess with the big stupid corded thing that polar sells. And at half the price too.

If you want GPS then I can't say, since I don't use one. Yet.
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Interesting that some of the models listed are GPS. It wasn't listed in the criteria.

I use a Polar 725 w/ cadence and speed sensors, but w/o power. Been using mine for 3 years and other than replacing the strap last year have had zero problems. Battery has been replaced once in the main unit as well. Elevation profiles are very nice. I bought a 3rd party IR USB sensor so I didn't have to mess with the big stupid corded thing that polar sells. And at half the price too.

If you want GPS then I can't say, since I don't use one. Yet.
I actually dont need the GPS it just seemed that the garmins had what i needed and they also had GPS. I will look into the polar units as they are recomended a lot. Thanks
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There's also the Blackburn Delphi series.

The 6.0 unit is wireless, with cadence (does have a wire to the cadence pickup), and heart rate.
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There's also the Blackburn Delphi series.

The 6.0 unit is wireless, with cadence (does have a wire to the cadence pickup), and heart rate.
I'd recommend the new Blackburn Neuro series. I like my Delphis, but the analog signal is prone to interference. I've replaced one with a Neuro, which is completely wireless (the cadence is wireless too), digital, 2.4 GHz signal.

The 5.0 has HRM, the 6.0 adds altimeter. After coupon, I just paid $202.49 for the 6.0 at Nashbar.

Thus far, no interference, but it's still early days.
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