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Old 12-13-04, 04:11 PM   #1
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im looking to buy my first heart rate monitor. i was looking at some polar models, but i already have a cycling computer, which has all the speed, averages, cadences etc. on it. so i was just looking to buy a plain old HRM. which model do you have experience with? preferably just a basic model. also, do u have any reccomendation that i should be looking for when buying one. i just kno it has to have zones, with alarms, average HR, and current HR. any others ?
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This is very similar to the one I have: Cheap, works perfectly (no misreadings or funny readings...):

Sports Instruments ECG 5

I have the model one below, ECG-4 (without average HR, which I miss and might get this one since is sooo cheap)... It really works perfect and chest strap is comfortable to wear, holds very well even when running...
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Hi,
there are other good brands, but Polar is the most popular.
If you just want a basic HRM, get something with an out-of-zone alarm. That's it. The other functions are nice, but some aren't terribly useful, and the others are useful in the context of a
training program that uses them. I'm going to guess yours doesn't.
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Hi,
there are other good brands, but Polar is the most popular.
If you just want a basic HRM, get something with an out-of-zone alarm. That's it. The other functions are nice, but some aren't terribly useful, and the others are useful in the context of a
training program that uses them. I'm going to guess yours doesn't.
what other functions are you referring to?
just curious.

i could use max heart rate too, but things like time spent in zones dont seem too important to me as i would just try to spend all of the time, or the amount of time i need, in that zone. actual time isnt that big of a deal to me.
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any opinions on the Polar S120, or the Polar A3.. is it worth the extra money for the S120, or are the extra functions useless?
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Hi,
I have a Polar with a bunch of functions. When I can get the thing to work the way I want it to, all I care about is the alarm so I know when to back off a little. There are tons of functions. If you want a lot of functions, the HRM just below the A3 is pretty cool. I have heard the Reeboks are pretty good, that one is prob just an older model. It offers more than one line of display, laps, a stopwatch, 5 zones (overkill). Btw, I got mine used off Ebay. Another option to consider.
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This book is pretty nifty...
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I've got the SI ecg-5 mentioned above. I wear it as a watch non stop for almost 2 years and use as a HRM regularly. It has worked perfectly, never picked up false reads when running or riding in a group. In addition to audible or visual zone alarms, custom zone settings, avg for workout, time in zone, time above zone, time below zone you can also get average hr by laps. I used that a lot doing intervals for running ... don't use it as much cycling. If the battery dies in the strap it's user replaceable with a std camera battery. For the price it's an awesome value.

edit: It also comes with a bike handlebar mount std.
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Personally, I have the basic function polar model and I like it fine. But I know quite a few people who like ones with more bells and whistles. For me, I just take a fast glance at it every now and then to see what my heart rate is. I don't care to have the thing keep a detailed record of my heart rate throughout the ride. However, some people really like this feature which is, I suppose, the reason why they offer a number of different models.
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