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Recommend me a HR monitor

Old 12-04-09, 09:54 PM
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Recommend me a HR monitor

The search has been messed up so I'll just ask. Since xmas is here, I'm asking for a HR monitor. I don't need anything fancy, just one that does basic cyclocomputer functions as well as asic HR (max/avg/current). I've read reviews on Polar Cs100 and 200 but they seem spotty at best. Suggestions?


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I know this isn't what you are looking for, but I ride w a polar Fs2.

No cyclocomputer, (just HRM), no time spent in x zone, just avg, max and current HR.

It's very reliable and the one I own right now has lasted a year and a half w/o problems. I just bought a new one in case and so that I can give my old one to a new rider on the intercollegiate team next semester.

Why do you want a cyclocomputer anyway???? All that matters for training purposes is time and a way to monitor your effort. Whether you rode in zone2 for 3 hours at 14mph on a mountainous route or 18 mph on a flat course doesn't make much of a difference provided you rode in the same zone.

I used to use a cyclocomputer but it said "You SUCK" everytime I checked the speed. I no longer need a computer to confirm that.

If you are THAT concerned about your mileage/avg speed you can mapmyride it.
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whatever fits best.
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I have a Polar 720 - honestly never liked it. Changing batteries in the chest unit is a pain (the plastic is soft and scores very easily). The connection is flukey and creates a lot of data spikes (more on speed than HR), and the water seal isn't that great. I've already had to send it back to Polar to change the outer casing once.

It wasn't cheap either - over $300. And the cadence unit was another $40.
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I used a Timex HRM for the longest time. They're about $100, give or take, and they usually have them on sale around now. I got mine through Timex's site directly. Replaceable battery band and watch. I went through two batteries each over 4 or 5 years, and the band on the watch finally broke. It's one piece so I'll need to get a new watch.

Typical functions: 5 zones, and you can keep track of time spent in one of those 5 zones. Min, Max, Avg HR. Calories burned if you want a wild guess at that number.

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