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Old 12-23-13, 07:28 PM
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HR monitor compatibility with Strava

Which, if any, of the lower priced heart rate monitors are compatible with Strava? How does one go about connecting and uploading HR data? I'm not terribly tech savy but I'm interested in utilizing some of the additional Strava features.
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Old 12-23-13, 08:34 PM
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Strava is primarily targeted at GPS devices. So you either need an smartphone or garmin device to collect GPS and cadence, HR etc. Without a garmin or smartphone you could collect speed and HR data and record it as a trainer ride. What do you plan to use Strava for?
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The only one I am familiar with is the Polar H7. The first time you use it, you need to go to settings and turn on the heart rate monitor and strava will connect to via Bluetooth. But, after that, it connects automatically whenever you start a ride on Strava. There's really not much to do once you connect the H7 to Strava the first time.

Then at the end of the ride, Strava can upload all of the data for the ride (including your heart rate data) to the Strava web application.

Actually, Strava seems to work better with the Polar H7 than Polar's own app...

But, to be honest, although Strava does capture my heart rate data, I use Strava mainly for the cycling end of things. For heart rate I also run DigiFit -- which doesn't give as much info on the ride, but does a better job with heart rate.

p.s. I THINK that Strava will connect to ANY LE Bluetooth monitor (Low Energy) -- but I cannot guarantee that. Perhaps check with Strava support to be sure any particular monitor will work.

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Old 12-24-13, 04:27 PM
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The H7 is just the transmitter strap, right? You need a smartphone that's running Strava for the H7 to connect to?

A head unit you might look at is the Cateye CC-GL50. ~$130 online, plus you need an ANT+ HR strap if you don't have one. It uploads to Strava, etc. Nothing cheaper that I know of.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
The H7 is just the transmitter strap, right? You need a smartphone that's running Strava for the H7 to connect to?

A head unit you might look at is the Cateye CC-GL50. ~$130 online, plus you need an ANT+ HR strap if you don't have one. It uploads to Strava, etc. Nothing cheaper that I know of.
No, I think the H7 is a combination of the strap and the Bluetooth LE sensor and transmitter. And, yes, you do need a receiver for the transmission -- such as Strava on a smartphone.

https://www.polar.com/us-en/products/...rt_rate_sensor

From his question, I assumed the OP had Strava already running on a smartphone. But that may have been a bad assumption. But, in any case, it looks like it will only attach to an IPhone -- not the other smartphones....
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
Strava is primarily targeted at GPS devices. So you either need an smartphone or garmin device to collect GPS and cadence, HR etc. Without a garmin or smartphone you could collect speed and HR data and record it as a trainer ride. What do you plan to use Strava for?
I already use Strava and have a Galaxy III smartphone. I use Strava primarily just to track miles, speeds, and routes but am interested in experimenting with HR based training.
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Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
I already use Strava and have a Galaxy III smartphone. I use Strava primarily just to track miles, speeds, and routes but am interested in experimenting with HR based training.
On the advise of my cardiologist and his exercise physiologist, I also use 'heart rate based training'. But, for that, I mostly use Digifit. I use Strava to track mileage, speed, etc (as you do). But, I find Digifit gives a better analysis of heart rate. Basically, they both do much the same things -- but Strava is better at the cycling end and Digifit is better at the heart rate end. So, when I start a ride, I start both of them up -- and they both connect to my heart rate monitor (Polar H7).

One nice thing about DIgifit is that it can be configured to call out the heart rate periodically. I currently have it set to announce my heart rate every 60 seconds -- so I am able to keep my heart rate in range (or at least know when it ain't) without looking at my IPhone (which is in my pocket).

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Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
I already use Strava and have a Galaxy III smartphone. I use Strava primarily just to track miles, speeds, and routes but am interested in experimenting with HR based training.
Do you actually mount your phone where you can see it or just log your ride. If you want HR data I think you'd be better off getting a Garmin 500.
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I've got a basic cycling computer in addition to the smartphone. The smartphone rides either in a jersey pocket or a bag, depending on the bike and type of cycling I'm doing. There is a guy in one of the cycling clubs I've ridden with who wears a HR monitor which has a wrist watch style display but also uploads to Strava. I don't have his contact information but I remember him talking about it.
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