OK, I've been using a garmin with HR and all the bells and whistles for a few years now. My wife has recently re-taken up cycling (she also does spin classes) and is interested in monitoring / tracking her HR. She's thinking in terms of her old polar watch, which I chucked about a year ago but I think she'll eventually get more out of it if she can track it and log it, either on Strava/Garmin connect (which is where mine ends up) or in some other ride tracking format of which I am unaware.
So - in 2014, what are the different ways she can accomplish that goal? She does have an iPhone, so we could go the wahoo route and either get a RFLKT or mount the phone to her handlebars, or we could suck it up and get a garmin 500 or something along those lines. I had a spare 500 a month ago and I asked her if she wanted it, she said no. so I gave it to my 11 yr old son, who is now the coolest 11 yr old on our street. I can't regift it so that's out.
Is there something cool out there I'm unaware of? If she got one of the watch type solutions, is there any way to extract that and merge it with ride data?