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    HRM Gel Suggestions

    Hi All,

    Can anyone recommend a good heart rate monitor electrode gel?

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    I tried it and found it to be no better than rubbing some spit into electrodes, which is what I do now. The chest doesn't seem to need wetting, but the electrically conductive plastic electrodes evidently benefit from it.

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    KY jelly. Been using it for years and it's cheap.
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    Just give my garmin hrm belt a good lick. Works every time

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    I just wet my finger under some running water, pull back the strap on my Garmin and swipe it on the electrodes. I've never had a problem doing it this way and never use any gel. The sweat factor ensures that it stays wet.
    Ride...Recover...Repeat...

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    I've done the spit thing for years, but would often have to reapply during the ride. Earlier this season switched to gel. I find it more consistent and it doesn't dry out as fast as water/saliva. I've tried the nashbar gel and Buh-Bump (amazon) and like them both. The cost is low and each tube lasts a long time.
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    I find the issue being starting out in cold weather before I start sweating. It can take me 15-20 minutes I to start sweating riding in cold weather. As long as I'm sweating, no spit is necessary, and I always sweat when riding. Spit is only needed or beneficial for the period before I start to sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve220 View Post
    I've done the spit thing for years, but would often have to reapply during the ride. Earlier this season switched to gel. I find it more consistent and it doesn't dry out as fast as water/saliva. I've tried the nashbar gel and Buh-Bump (amazon) and like them both. The cost is low and each tube lasts a long time.
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    Same here. Gel is cheap and works great, and seems more hygienic than getting spit from your mouth onto the target areas.
    2011 Cervelo RS
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    Quote Originally Posted by springs View Post
    Same here. Gel is cheap and works great, and seems more hygienic than getting spit from your mouth onto the target areas.
    Yeah. You wouldn't want any of that spit getting into your mouth...oh wait.

    Too many non-PG thoughts and images are coming to mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Yeah. You wouldn't want any of that spit getting into your mouth...oh wait.

    Too many non-PG thoughts and images are coming to mind...
    Well how do you get the spit onto the strap? Lick it? Or just aim and hope for the best ;-)
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    I lick it. I've licked worse (better?).

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