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Best Heart Rate Monitor(5 posts)

Best Heart Rate Monitorchris zeller
Aug 24, 2001 12:02 PM
I just started reading some cycling training books and it seems that a HRM is a pretty good tool for maximizing your training efficency. So I'm thinking about buying one for cycling training. I'm not looking to race, just get in good shape to keep up with club/recreational riding and for other sports I do (alpine climbing).

Any thoughts on which Heart Rate Monitor is best for cycling? Anyone with experience using one? I looked at the performance bike website and whew! there are at least 40 to choose from. Talk about information overload!

I was looking at the Polar s710. I already have a good computer (shimano flight deck). I like the gearing info. So I'm not interested too much in cycling info. Ability to mount it to my handlebar and wear as a watch is a must. Wireless is a must. min/max zone alarms are a must. Might be nice to download it to the computer but I don't know if I'll have time to do it. Might be fun to try out the power kit for things like pedal pressure, power output once but maybe not perminantly wiring my bike up like that. $300 bucks is pricey but if necessary doable.
well of course VOODOO RADArada
Aug 24, 2001 12:04 PM
re: Best Heart Rate MonitorJS5280
Aug 24, 2001 1:09 PM
I have a Sports Instrument (forgot the model#, don't see it listed anymore there) I got it from Supergo for $60. It does a good job, readings seem accurate, comfortable to wear, etc. It does some fancy options for interval training but I only use time in zone (above/in/below) and average HR functions. It comes with some basic software (okay for tracking/charting basic information, also has an area for recording running if you're into tri's) but you have to hand punch data. It is my first HRM, and I'm pretty happy with it except that one of the buttons fell off after a few months. Fortunately it was the light/alert button which I don't use but it's not as water resistant anymore. I would say go with something basic (time in zones, avg HR, current HR) or go all out. Some of the top end ones have some cool functions and software for analyzing the data. If you're not going to look at that extra data closely, buy a basic HRM and save the $$$. BTW, the Polars usually require that you send in the chest band in to replace the battery. I've had to replace my battery once already (but you just pop off the back like a watch with the mine) after about 100-125 hours of active use. I really like using the HRM, I feel like I'm training much better than years past. Can't imagine excercising w/out one now and most training guides use HR info for determining intensity.
The heart attack 5000 ultra !Jammin
Aug 24, 2001 5:35 PM
...always worked pretty well for me.

..just kidding. I have a simple one that tells you one thing...your heart rate. It is a polar beat and it was fairly cheap and works well. I think I paid like $35.00 for it.
re: Best Heart Rate Monitorrtolle
Aug 25, 2001 2:06 PM
Polar Coach is a great model. Has everything you specified and more. Check it out.