After 2 years of riding I am finally going to get serious about training. I want to be competitive in TT and crits this year so I am going to structure my training as much as possible. I signed up for TrainingPeaks.com to design/setup workouts, etc.
As part of that I am looking to get a new HRM to replace my basic Polar that I have been using. I want one that has the capability of keeping track of 5 zones at once so I can record the amount of time in each zone/workout. It would also be nice to have the capability of "laps" that show the HR for a subset of the total workout, such as when I am doing intervals, etc. I don't think I need much more than that unless there was some kind of download capability into Training Peaks.com. There are so many brands out there so I was hoping to get some help narrowing the field. I don't want to spend more than I have to because I don't need GPS, bike computer, power recording, etc.
I have the Polar 725I and love it. You can download data to your computer and track your training. It is set up to show tome in HR Zones. If you get the Polar get the cadence sensor because you can do training by Cadence. The software has reports and graphs built in that are easy to modify. The watch also has lap funtion for recording intervals. I use it for hill work and spin workouts. Also the 725I has an altitude function so you know how much you climb. Another thing I like is that you can set up different exercises in addition to cycling. I use it for running and I have a seperate exercise for indoor training. I hope this is helpful.