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Heart Rate Monitor stops working(7 posts)

Heart Rate Monitor stops workingmr_spin
Jun 29, 2001 2:16 PM
When I sweat a lot, my HRM stops working. I'm guessing that the sensor contacts get shorted out because of the sweat. Anyone experience the same thing and have any ideas on how to fix it?
re: Heart Rate Monitor stops workingLone Gunman
Jun 29, 2001 2:39 PM
Not from the sweat, I highly doubt. You are supposed to be able to swim with HR monitor. There is a certain part of one of the routes that I ride that blocks my signal, don't know why. Also, you might try getting some of the gel that is sold at a medical supply store that is used in TENS therapy. The gel transmits electronic signal, about $4 a tube and will last 1.5 years. A little dab will do ya. Stim gel is the stuff I use.
Quick... Check your pulse!!!TommyBoy
Jun 29, 2001 2:50 PM
Are you sure your heart is still beating?
Power lines?moneyman
Jun 29, 2001 2:52 PM
Are they near your ride? My HRM cuts out on a specific part of my favorite ride, as I get near the power lines on the side of the road. Once I turn the corner and go on by, the HRM works again.

Mine does that. What I do is ...Humma Hah
Jun 29, 2001 4:59 PM
... mix up some of my miracle electrolyte paste. Promise not to tell anyone and I'll give you the secret formula.

Cross your heart? Well, OK.

Squirt some K&Y jelly, or generic equivalent, into a container such as a film cannister. Add a generous dose of table salt. Mix well. Smear some on each contact area of the HRM, and also on your skin where it will contact.

For some reason, and I've never been clear as to why, the more I sweat, the less my sweat seems to provided the needed electrical contact. The home-made paste usually fixes this.

When your cardiologist does an ECG test on you, you can bet they'll use either an electrolyte paste, or special electrode pads which have been prepped with such a paste. They'll also likely use an abrasive pad to knock the dead cells off the top of your leathery skin.
Try shortening the bandBruno S
Jun 29, 2001 5:18 PM
Never had that problem but sometimes it drops too low if its not tight enough and then it stops working.
sweat helps it workWadeOmatic
Jun 29, 2001 10:44 PM
and is cheaper than gels and crap. Power lines aren't the only source of radio-frequency interference(RFI). Anytime you go wireless you get the chance of RFI.

If this happens no matter where you ride then you may have a crappy HRM. Get a Sports Instruments and let Bill Corliss take care of you.