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    Any Polar HRM specific discussion boards?

    Does anyone know if this exists anywhere?

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    Not that I know of. What do you want to discuss? As a recent owner of an S725, I've got some thoughts and opinions to share.

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    Please post what you like/dislike general feelings on your polar hrm. I was thinking of getting one.

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    I have a Polar F1, while not the most safisticated of the HRM's they make, for right now it suits my purposes.
    "Angel, Bop Bop loves you!!!"

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    I have an S150. It's teh entry level cycling model with speed and everything. If you're thinking about getting one, SPRING FOR THE 720I !!! It may be more expensive, but with cadence and tons of exercise files, it is well worth the money. With the S150, if you stop your bike for more than five minutes, then start again, you lose the original file you were on and have to start a new one. Very frustrating, especially on longer rides where you may stop for 10-20 minutes.
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    I already have cyclocomputers for my two bikes, and I run Linux which doesn't run the software that comes with the higher end Polar HRMs. So I opted for a S210 which basically does everything else my cyclocomputers don't. Very nice features and easy to use. Got the bike mount which is nice. The S210 (as other models do) stores workouts in files. It'll keep five before overwriting the oldest. Very handy. Keeps track of time spent in five different zones and has some fitness level tests that help to calculate calories spent during workouts and more.

    Polar makes a great HRM, and any HRM is important if you want to know how you're doing.

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    I have found a couple sites that have linux programs that allow you to download and look at your data from polar 720. I have not tried them yet.

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    I am training for a long distance (700 miles) ride and have considered this HRM with the power options.
    I have owned a couple of Polar HRMs A3 and S32 so I am not new to using HR as a training aid.

    Was all of the components difficult to put on (chain sensor, speed sensors, chain tension)?
    Did you find the various functions worthwile? Pedaling Index, Left/Right etc.
    Was there any software that I could put on my computer and is it any good. Wheat features and training highlights does it include?
    Do you think it was worth the cost?

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    I was frustrated with Polar in general since you cannot change the batteries; you must send it back to Polar and they charge you.

    Instead I bought a Nike (Triax C6, but they have lots of models). It's user maintainable and has lots of training feature I was looking for. It makes a great looking everyday watch too.

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    You can't change the batteries on any polar hrm? Or ?

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    Yeah, Jim, I've seen several programs for various cyclocomputers/monitors. HAC4Linux among others. Already had my S210 by the time I found them. I'll weigh these when making my next HRM purchase.

    I've read that you can't change the batteries in a Polar HRM, but I'm sure it can be done. It can't be that hard, can it? Anyone have experience with this?

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    Cant change the batteries in the watch, or in the chest sensor? I know you cant change the batteries in the chest sensor, but Ill be pissed if you cant change them in the watch, either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor
    Cant change the batteries in the watch, or in the chest sensor? I know you cant change the batteries in the chest sensor, but Ill be pissed if you cant change them in the watch, either...

    You can't change the batteries in either the watch or the strap of a polar. The watch has screws in back which I have heard people have removed and changed the batteries themselves. However, Polar tells you not to do this and voids the warranty if you do. The Nike models allow the batteries in both the watch and the strap to be changed by the consumer. Plus they're about 50% cheaper for the similar functions.

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    I've changed the battery in the watch, did it while standing in a drug store. It was a
    b!tch! After about 15 minutes, this employee came up and offered help. I showed him how ridiculous the whole process was, and he started cracking up, saying I should just buy a new one. This will be my next HRM/ Cyclocomputer..... http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...RY.ID=44&MODE=

    or this one....
    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...RY.ID=44&MODE=
    Don't waste your breath to save your face when you have done your best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Please post what you like/dislike general feelings on your polar hrm. I was thinking of getting one.
    It's about time I posted like I said I would...

    Favorite things about the S725:

    1. It's everything in one package: cyclometer, HRM, cadence, and altitude. And it will chart it all!
    2. IR feature works nicely with my old Toshiba laptop (something the earlier models don't do or so I've read).
    3. backlit for when I want to see it at night
    4. batteries are easily replaceable. Haven't had to do it for real yet, but I did test it out when I first got it and it seems easy enough.
    5. The wearlink chest strap is lightweight and comfortable plus it stays in place (a big concern of mine)
    6. All wireless functions work reliably. I had a bit of trouble with the speed sensor but all I needed to do was move it closer to the main unit.

    I couldn't find any other product that had all the functions the S725 did (and I wanted all of them) hence why it was an easy decision. I'm quite happy with it too having used in for a couple weeks now. And FYI, when I first got it and started going through the functions I got nervous as I couldn't find an odometer feature. For some reason, the online literature says nothing about it but it does have that feature. Phew.

    Keep in mind, I've only been using it in the basic mode. It has tons of options for setting up interval training and things of the sort that hopefully this winter will get used to keep my time on the rollers a bit more interesting.

    If anything, knowing how much it cost me, even after the discounts from Performance, is plenty of motivation to keep riding.

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    I just got a Polar Beat for $22.50 from Nashbar. It works fine and that's all I need for now.

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    Anyone thinking of using the power feature on the polar hrms should read this

    http://www.bike.com/template.asp?dat...rectory=techno

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    The reason that Polar tell you not to change the batteries is so that they can water and pressure test the unit after replacing the batteries.

    Seems reasonable to me given that they are supposed to be waterproof - I would prefer it stay that way.

    BTW my 710 is three years old and the batteries have not yet needed replacement.

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    Thanks for the info on the 725 .....very informative....
    If anyone else has some experience with this model especially the software that would be great.
    The marketing literature never seems to have info on the software once youve loaded your data.
    Thanks again.

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    I purchased the 725 Polar as well. I would agree with the information posted by joejack951 above. (Well done!)

    I have just started using the device and it is the first HRM I have owned. It has a great # of functions, hence my reason for purchase. From what I have been told and what I could demo, the software seems to be key. While I am not totally enamored with the control of the software (graph functions headings export compatibilities and the like) it is beyond my current needs. Other programs that I have looked at are simply not as intuitive. I also look forward to purchasing the compatible equipment that is available for the unit. It really gives you a good bit of info. I feel that it has been a helpful addition to my cycling gear.

    My 4th grade son even used it for his science project this year!

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