Triathlon in my future???
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southwest Iowa
Bikes: Junk, that is why I am here. :-)
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I bought a cheap Polar quit a few years ago and I only use it for my current heart rate. I don't track it during my runs to see the highs and lows. I use it to verify my heart rate at the end of a run and then 60 seconds afterwards and 120 seconds afterwards. I am not tracking any of this information in a spread sheet or anything like that.
I think it really depends upon what you want out of your heart rate monitor. Most fitness centers use equipment that works with Polar straps, so that is what I purchased. That way if I am on a treadmill, I don't wear my watch, because the machine is showing me the heart rate. If I am outside running or on my bike I have my watch. On my bike, I just strap it on the bar and go. I don't use any special bracket.
2007 Jamis Ventura Comp
2006 Jamis Explorer 2.0
2000 Specialized Hardrock (bought used)
Swim, Bike, Run and sounds like fun