Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: White Mountains of AZ
Bikes: S-Works E5, Trek T2000 Tandem, Giant Warp DS/1
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(3 Hrm) = (2 Hrm) + (4 Mph)
For the last several months, my stoker and I have been using Cat Eye MSC3DX heart-rate-monitors/computers on our new tandem. We've owned the Cat Eyes for several years, and they've been great but since they aren't encoded, the heart-rate-monitors cross-talk. My stoker has been wearing her chest-strap and I've been flying blind. After searching around a bit for a computer that could display heart-rates from multiple chest straps (without luck) I decided to get my stoker a Garmin Forerunner 301 but keep both Cat Eye's in place also. This way she uses the encoded Forerunner and sees my heart-rate on rear Cat Eye while I see my heart-rate on the front Cat-Eye.
I just wanted to report that this system works great! The Forerunner is a very cool computer that uses GPS so there are NO wires at all. The only thing it lacks, by my way of thinking, is cadence. In addition to all the normal speed functions it has heart-rate, % grade, altitude, and extensive alerting functions; all quite entertaining.
On to the point. My stoker who is now able to see the effort I put in is better able to adjust accordingly. The results are incredible. We averaged about 4mph faster than normal today! Admittedly this is to some extent because the speed gain put us within striking range of the fast guys on our ride which encouraged us to ride hard. During the final ten miles of the ride a race developed between us and the fastest two guys. They worked together and rode hard to catch us after we escaped on a downhill, then purposefully dropped us on a slight uphill and worked themselves into a lather trying to stay off the front for the final few miles. In the end, they reached the parking-lot about 100 yds in front of us. What a blast! I'm happy to be able to play with the guys I normally play with on my single and my stoker is thrilled to be one of the first riders to finish the ride.