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Which Heart Rate Monitor?(2 posts)

Which Heart Rate Monitor?wacomme
Jul 8, 2002 6:53 PM
I'm thinking of purchasing a HRM, and specifically the Polar S series? But which one? I have a Flight Deck which I like for cycling functions, so should I get the S-210? The S-710 seems like overkill, but the computer download capabilities are intriguing. Are they useful? Any solution for Macintosh owners? Then there's the S-510.

I ride daily. I'm 40 years old and have ridden seriously for 30 years (racing 12 years), sans heart monitor. Last summer I was hit by a car on my bicycle. Recovering, I gained 50 pounds. Now I'm in the process of getting back in shape (it's amazing what 50 lbs. and a year with little exercise can do to a guy). I think a HRM could be beneficial. The question is, "Which one?" And where to buy?

Michael
re: Which Heart Rate Monitor?bm
Jul 12, 2002 10:09 AM
for the intermediate cyclist there are two models i especially like. s210 and s410. the latter version has computer compatability for recording data. both have basic functions like vo2 max, but also interval and recovery rate features.

performancebike.com might still have the refurbished sale on the s210. the best price i've found for new hrms:

http://shop.store.yahoo.com/egeneralmedical/polars210.html
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/digitalcityny/pols4hearrat.html

for the advanced cyclist, s510, s610, and s710. i don't all the features of these. but basically the s510 is an excellent hrm with compu compaitility like s410, and cycling features like cadence. the higher models add altitude sensors if your a serious racer

below the s-series is the m-series for general exercise readings. i have an m52 but am looking to sell because i want the s-series features.

the cheapest polars are the a-series. just very basic hrms. i would suggest getting a hrm training book with these because they have limited features.