I have a basic computer, and a wrist HR monitor. The HR monitor has a very hard time picking up the signal from the chest strap. It's kind of old, so I was thinking of getting a new computer with a HR function. Everything is so expensive! Are their any budget options that work? Is it possible to get cadence as well w/out going over $120 or so? I am worried if I go cheap the HR function won't work.
Get a Garmin FR60 with HRM ($94) and then buy a GSC10 ($38). If you later decide to get a GPS, you'll already have the HRM and Cadence sensor so you can buy the cheaper GPS bundle that only has the GPS. Even better, if you are lucky you might find a discontinued FR50 for $50 with HRM!
Prices based on internet searches, but I don't get paid to recommend any particular vendor.
Best thing about this is that setting up the parts is easy-peasy and you can download your data into a computer or up to the internet for later perusal.