Originally Posted by hodadmike
I just bought the same at Performance and have used it twice so far. Being a first time user, I don't really know what I should be seeing. First time, water on the chest contacts, and I didn't see a HR reading for at least 10 minutes. Changes in display happened about every 5 minutes. Second time, aloe vera gel on the contacts, and nothing for 20 min. of hard riding, then occasional readings every 5 or 10 minutes. Aren't these supposed to read in "real time", I mean updated every few seconds like a bike cyclometer? I'm ready to shave and/or use that EKG gel if thats what it takes to see better results. Or, is this just the way an inexpensive HRM works?
I use a homemade five per cent solution of salt and water as my "gel" . I just put it in a little "eye drops" bottle and put two drops on each side of the chest strap, then smear the drops all over the chest contacts and everything works beautifully. The stationary bikes at my gym has built-in Polar HRM readers, and these readers confirm the accuracy of my Sigma PC14 every time I use it at the gym. The HRM has worked beautifully for me. No complaints whatsoever.
Make sure you use the brochure in setting all your reference numbers, and everything should be fine. No need to buy the gel or shave.
They really are very good for the money one paid for them.
Good luck, and if I can be of further help re:working out the kinks in your Sigma PC14, send me a PM with questions you may have.