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    Garmin 500 and HR monitoring

    I purchased a Garmin Edge 500 about 6 months ago and have to say it has kept me motivated to ride and train. I've now decided to add HR monitoring to my training so I ordered a Garmin HR Monroe chest strap. My question is will I be able to just connect or do I need to purchase some additional components? Thanks for any advise.

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    You'll just be able to connect. If it doesn't mate with the strap immediately you may need to go into settings on the unit and have it search, but that's all it should take.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Chasm54, Thank you for the response. I'll give it a a try once i get home from work. The strap arrived today and I'm excited to give it a go.

    EDIT - Chasm54 you were right on it worked like charm. Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    You'll just be able to connect. If it doesn't mate with the strap immediately you may need to go into settings on the unit and have it search, but that's all it should take.
    Last edited by mdphoto; 06-28-13 at 05:28 PM.
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    BTW, once you get your Garmin 500 working with your HR strap, you'll find that this unit has one of the most conservative (and probably the most correct) algorithms out there for estimating calories expended during a ride. If you're used to absurd numbers like 1,000 calories per hour, get ready for a surprise. My last ride was 74 miles, and showed 2750 calories, or around 37 calories a mile. This was on a ride where my average heart rate was at 79% of my max, with 3,000 feet of climbing and slightly over 16mph avg. I always crack up when I see people going 11 mph for an hour on a flat road, thinking they just burned 600 calories.

    And for the purists out there, yes I do realize that calories based on HR is just an approximation, and that a power meter would give you an even better idea.
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