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Old 11-29-08, 07:51 AM
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HR on wrist or bike?

Ah, I'm driving myself crazy with this decision. I just want to add HR monitoring to my training (too poor for power). I already have a speedo that I like on the bike so if I buy a bike-specific HR monitor I'd be replacing a perfectly good item. Plus, the bike-specific ones seem to suck in the lower price ranges. They only have *one* zone! I thought I needed to see and/or track 5 zones. I don't relish the idea of having to figure out which zones I'm in *while* I'm riding and looking at a raw BPM number.

Seems there are more options on watches (even though most of *those* don't have 5 zones either). Do any folks here use a watch for this on their bike? On wrist or strapped to the bars somehow? And do you get interference with your regular computer?
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Old 11-29-08, 08:30 AM
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When I used a separate HRM from my computer I wore it on my wrist. It was a little inconvenient to see, especially when riding hard. I wasn't doing workouts that depended on my HR, I was just recording the data for later use and ocassionally spot checking it on rides. If you are actually doing HR-based workouts, I would think the bars are better.
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I'm going to do wrist - I run too. I've been looking at some of the Nike HRM's actually.
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Old 11-29-08, 08:39 AM
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All my HR is on my wrist. From my Garmine, Nike and Polar. I don't have to know what my HR is in the middle of traffic only what it is b4 I slow down and such. Plus most beep at you if you leave the programed zone.
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I'm going to do wrist - I run too. I've been looking at some of the Nike HRM's actually.
The best of both worlds would to get a wrist HRM that has a mount for the bars.
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Old 11-29-08, 09:21 AM
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The best of both worlds would to get a wrist HRM that has a mount for the bars.
I have a polar handlebar mount that I used to use. Worked pretty well and it was temporary too because iy could stay in place just by vitue of strapping your watch onto it.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
The best of both worlds would to get a wrist HRM that has a mount for the bars.
yeah - was going to look into making something to mount it to the bars - just saw Skinny's post below yours, looks like there might be stuff out there already.
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Old 11-29-08, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
yeah - was going to look into making something to mount it to the bars - just saw Skinny's post below yours, looks like there might be stuff out there already.
Actually Ravenmore, you could just strap on the HRM directly to the bars, maybe add a nit of padding underneath it prevent it from moving about.
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Try this. You can get them at any shop that sells Polar. Strap the watch to the bars using this mount.
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Old 11-29-08, 09:53 AM
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Wrist mounted HRMs tend to become rather unfortunate and useless bracelets when you go down - it always seems like my wrist gets dragged against the ground in crashes.
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Old 11-29-08, 09:56 AM
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Just strap it to your bars with some foam pipe insulation.
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Originally Posted by skinnyone View Post
Actually Ravenmore, you could just strap on the HRM directly to the bars, maybe add a nit of padding underneath it prevent it from moving about.
until you mentioned the polar mount I was going to try a piece of pipe insulation. edit - heh Cedric submitted his response while I was typing mine.
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Good post... a HRM is on my Christmas list, and I too will be going with a wrist unit because I like my computer.

What about interference? Anyone have trouble with that? I've got wireless speed and wired cadence... will transmission to the bar mount effect the speed reading?
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Old 11-29-08, 10:16 AM
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heading to the store to pick up my Nike now.
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Rave: Tell me what you get. I've been eyeing a few Nike's and the price / features are right. Let me know your thoughts.
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Old 11-29-08, 10:34 AM
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yeah - there's a nice one (C8 I think?) on sale for about $100. I've heard the Polar's are best for accuracy but a while back I had a C200 cycling computer. I got so frustrated with it that I actually eventually threw it into a lake I was riding by.
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Old 11-29-08, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Austinite View Post
Plus, the bike-specific ones seem to suck in the lower price ranges. They only have *one* zone! I thought I needed to see and/or track 5 zones. I don't relish the idea of having to figure out which zones I'm in *while* I'm riding and looking at a raw BPM number.
This isn't that big of a deal. You set your zone at whatever zone you're going to be riding in. Or you just set it to zone 4 and leave it. Most HRMs give you zone above/below along with in, so you can record your time in zones by that.

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Do any folks here use a watch for this on their bike? On wrist or strapped to the bars somehow? And do you get interference with your regular computer?
If you're going to be using the HRM for pacing yourself or logging laps, I would consider a bar-mounted setup. Alternately, you could choose a model that has an audible alarm for in/out zone for doing intervals. The alarm isn't so useful for racing, obviously. I wear mine on my wrist most of the time and only pay attention to it closely if I'm doing intervals or trying to get a solid warm-up in. I might take a quick glance at it during a race to see where I'm at, but largely ignore it.

My Cateye seems to pick up interference from wireless networks and cordless phones operating on 2.4 GHz. If I ever upgrade, I'm going to go for one of the ANT+ HRMs.
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Just strap it to your bars with some foam pipe insulation.
+1

el cheapo solution
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
yeah - there's a nice one (C8 I think?) on sale for about $100. I've heard the Polar's are best for accuracy but a while back I had a C200 cycling computer. I got so frustrated with it that I actually eventually threw it into a lake I was riding by.
Lmao.

That image brought back the talk about Lith throwing a crankarm into the woods after it fell off his crank.
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Ok - week or so with the Nike. I haven't really scratched the surface yet with all it can do, but I'm happy so far. And yeah, when you're going hard on the bike, if you want to look at the hr monitor you want it on the bars. Its hard to look at on the wrist. Seems to be an extremely competent hr monitor though. Not sure if it shows estimated calories burned - that'd be cool. But its extremely solid and well made.
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Old 12-04-08, 01:26 AM
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The best of both worlds would to get a wrist HRM that has a mount for the bars.
unnecessary.

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Old 12-04-08, 06:46 AM
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If you want to be a slave to it and base your effort on it, then put it on your bars. It's taxes you mentally on the bars. People look down and see 180+ and crap themselves into letting off.

If you want to see want you've done AFTER the ride/race, then wear it on your wrist.
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Old 12-04-08, 08:43 AM
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I have a CatEye and it's too big to wear on my wrist. I like it on the bars, a la Botto's pic, so I can look down and see both mph and HR. Damocles 1 is right -- I've been mid-climb and compulsively looked down, saw 184 and immediately backed off. Mistake!

As for calories, mine will give me that information, but it's an estimation at best. If I see that I've burned 2400 calories I have the urge to eat that many. So I ignore that function.
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Old 12-04-08, 09:21 AM
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^

i don't bother wearing one when i race.

i don't look at it when i'm on a hammer ride.

i do look at it when i'm riding 1-1.5 hour climbs (it helps me keep from backing off).
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Old 12-04-08, 10:27 AM
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when I was using HR, I strongly preferred a cyclocomputer with HR as opposed to separate cyclocomputer and HRM. I was using the Polar CS200cad (I think) and liked it. The head unit was removable so that you could put it in your pocket if you wanted HR for running efforts. I thought it a cleaner less fred look than having 2 devices mounted on the handlebars.

+1 to the polar mounting bracket if you're looking to mount a wrist watch HRM to your bike, it keeps the HRM in place on your handlebars better than just strapping it directly to the bars.
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