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Do you prefer a wrist vs. bike mounted heartrate monitor?

Old 06-14-06, 07:51 PM
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Do you prefer a wrist vs. bike mounted heartrate monitor?

I'm kind of disappointed with my Vetta Hr 100 wireless cadence computer, because the heartrate function is erratic as all hell( maybe that's why is was on sale at my LBS)!

Getting all kinds of fluctuating readings anytime I'm near civilization on my rides - don't know if it's caused by phone lines, cell phones, trafic signals.

Kind of thinking about getting a separate wristwatch style monitor and just use the Vetta for cycling functions, which it is very good at.

Does Polar make the best? Recommendations?
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Old 06-14-06, 08:09 PM
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I have a Polar cs200cad (bike-mounted) that works really well for me. On cooler days I need to add some water to the leads to replace the sweat that usually makes the contact, and if I ride under/over high-voltage lines my HR shoots to 231. Otherwise I've been really happy with it. Speed, cadence, HR, all in one.

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Old 06-14-06, 08:19 PM
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You can get an adapter to mount your wrist style HR to the bars.

I prefer the wrist mount simply because you can also use it off the bike. When I'm riding, I mount it on the bars.

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Old 06-14-06, 08:40 PM
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An advantage that I have come to like with wrist mounted (in this case Garmin Forerunner 301) is that I seldom look and depend on the download later. BTW the Garmin HRM works poorly near power lines.
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Originally Posted by Az B
I prefer the wrist mount simply because you can also use it off the bike.
+1

That is one reason why I have a basic HRM for my wrist. I also really like having the Flight Deck on my bike. This way I can use the HRM while running and get the nifty Flight Deck features on the bike. Really the best of both worlds for me.

BTW, I've have a Polar FS1 and have been very happy with it. The treadmills at my gym even seem to pick up the signal from the chest strap.
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Old 06-14-06, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by RedFerret
he treadmills at my gym even seem to pick up the signal from the chest strap.
Yeah, that was one unforeseen advantage of my polar HRM, almost all cardio machines in my gym will pick up the signal from it, it certainly beats grabbing on to those stainless steel sensors.
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I have a watch-type monitor on my bike. Rather than buy the adapter, I just wrapped a few lengths of electrical tape around the bar until it was "wrist" diameter. Helps if the bar is oversized. Mine's a Polar and it works great.

It's a trade-off having two gadgets on the bars, but it helps too. They both perform their intended function better than an integrated unit probably would. Plus it was less expensive.
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handlebars.

Cuts down on the myriad of goofy tan lines bike racers accumulate.
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[QUOTE=ed073]handlebars.

Cuts down on the myriad of goofy tan lines bike racers accumulate.[/
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Yeah. True!
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There was a profile of Mark McCormack's bike on Cycling News the other day. His only instrumentation was a Polar heart rate monitor strapped to the bars on an adaptor. At least one pro is going pretty low tech.
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yes, polar makes the best.

i use a watch style monitor, on the bar along with my FD.

the benefit is that i can actually see what my HR is while i'm riding, which is one reason why i take it off for races
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I just started using a Watch style one. I like it because as others have said, I can use it off the bike and I can mount it on any one of my bikes.
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I bought a brand new Sigma PC14 on ebay for $29 shipped. It can be worn as a watch or mounted on the bars with the included mount. Works perfectly...no issues at all.
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I'm using a Polar F11 w/ the Polar "bat wing" handlebar mount. Works great, even with my HID headlight mounted on the opposite side of the stem about 8 inches away. I've never noticed any particular problems with power lines either, though I don't recall passing under any high-voltage lines on my usual routes.

One problem I've been having with the F11, though, is that if I get off the bike for any extended period of time (e.g. stopping at a convenience store) and forget to unstrap the F11 and take it with me, it will abort the current workout session (heart rate display just shows "--"). The only way to recover is to start a new workout, which resets all my stats (average, max heart rate, time in cardio zone, calories, etc.). Do the higher end Polar HRMs do this, or can you pause the current workout indefinitely?
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Originally Posted by Metaluna
Do the higher end Polar HRMs do this, or can you pause the current workout indefinitely?
I have a S725X and it does the same thing. However, the sessions can be downloaded into the Polar software and merged into one, so its not really a problem.
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I have a Polar S725X and love it. Nearly 800 miles with it this season not incldung running on treadmills or elipticals when traveling. It is most comfy for me mounted on the bars when riding. Other than that I wear it on my wrist when running, etc.
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