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Bike Computer/Heart Rate Monitor(7 posts)

Bike Computer/Heart Rate Monitorjanzen
May 21, 2003 9:50 AM
My new bike will need a computer and I'd like a HRM as well. Do you suggest getting one of the combined units such as the Polar S520 or Ciclosport HAC4, or would I be be better off with a separate computer and HRM? The combo units seem kind of overpriced with rather busy displays.
Are there any other advantages/disadvantages to either setup?

Do you have more than one bike?Straightblock
May 21, 2003 10:16 AM
With most of the combo computer/HRM you'll need a separate mount for each bike. If you go with a wristwatch-type HRM it's easy to switch from one bike to another.

If you want an inexpensive combo, check Supergo. They've got one for about $35. Not a lot of bells & whistles, but if you've only got one bike it's decent first HRM.
re: Bike Computer/Heart Rate Monitorbigdeal
May 21, 2003 10:38 AM
Speaking from experience as an owner of a Polar S510 I can tell you it's great. I haven't seen the Ciclosport so I can't speak to it's abilities. The Polar has the ability to go between 2 different bike settings which is great if you have one bike with 700 and another with 650, or just 2 bikes. The display may seem daunting at first, but you get used to it really quick. You can set the 3 different sections to give you all the info you want at a glance. Mine's set up to show cadence, speed, and heartrate..perfect. Remember, you get what you pay for.
I ride with a wired computer and an X-trainer PlusMR_GRUMPY
May 21, 2003 11:34 AM
I just bought 2 other bike mounts for the wire computer and a speed sensor for one of the other bikes. Wireless computers ( like the HR + speed sensor combo) have problems around electrical wires. I hardly ever look at the HRM while training, but just download it later.
re: Bike Computer/Heart Rate MonitorCritLover
May 21, 2003 4:26 PM
I also have the Polar 520 combo unit and I wouldn't trade it for the world! I got a wired computer for my second bike because my bikes were in 2 different locations and I didn't want to travel with an expensive unit (knowing me, I would lose it).

The cadence on the wired unit(not a cheap one either) is nowhere near as accurate as the Polar- readings over 120 rpm don't register. Besides, during a recent accident the wire got clipped and now I have to replace the mounting unit for $15. Also, I have very few interference readings with electrical equipment (the strap is coded to the unit).

The best answer to your question depends on what kind of information you would like the unit to include. If you just want a simple hr readout and the basic computer functions then you can save some dough on two inexpensive units. If not, spring for the combined unit- Performance has the Polar 510 on sale right now- $199.00
re: Bike Computer/Heart Rate Monitorbigdeal
May 22, 2003 8:39 AM
If you don't mind a used one (S510) I'll sell you mine as I'm planning to upgrade to the S720...
re: Bike Computer/Heart Rate Monitorjanzen
May 22, 2003 7:01 PM
Thanks everyone, I decided to get separate monitors.