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Help with S510 HRM(6 posts)

Help with S510 HRMRandyMH
Jan 5, 2002 6:15 PM
I just bought one and I’m still trying to figure out all of the bells and whistles. I have a few questions.
1. Do you like the s510?

2. Can you only download the last workout? When using PC Coach lite.

3. Is there any other software that can be used with this monitor?

4. Any words of advice or suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
re: Help with S510 HRMVelocipedio
Jan 5, 2002 8:40 PM
1. Do you like the s510?

For the most part, yes.

2. Can you only download the last workout? When using PC Coach lite.

Yes. This has nothing to do with the software. The monitor itself only saves the full details of the last workout in memory.

3. Is there any other software that can be used with this monitor?

Not at this point, though I have heard that some creative shareware-types are working on that, and I understand there's a SonicLink hack for the Polar Advisor software, but I haven't tracked it down.

The fact is that the PC Coach is utter crap. It wouldn't be so bad if it allowed you to export to .HRM or .XLS files, but there is no such feature. Don't be tempted to upgrade to the full version. A buddy of mine did. It is the same utter crap with a few more bells and whistles, but no useful features.

4. Any words of advice or suggestions.

This HRM does what I want it to do and I got it for a very good price. The only real shortcoming -- aside from relatively limited memory -- is the software. As soon as an alternative is available, I plan to drop PCCoach like the proverbial hot potato.

The one advantage this model has over the s710 is the audio interface. AT LEAST you don't need a $50 add-on to download.

Don't get me wrong -- it's a great unit, and I find it very useful. Better software would make it an amazing unit. I just want better software.
re: Help with S510 HRMPatM
Jan 7, 2002 4:15 AM
Overall better than my last HRM - which wouldn't be hard the thing was 10+ years old.
1. Do you like the s510? - Yes, it does take some time to used to it, lots of menus, I think withen a week or so I will be comfortable with it. I have had it for about 4 days.
2. Can you only download the last workout? When using PC Coach lite. - As far as I know
3. Not sure - Agree with the Velocipedio the software needs some help - I you can't create certain graphs which makes you want to be able to export the data - which you can't, but overall it does what I want it to do minus some of the year to year comparison graphs.
4. - Just keep using it, I think time with it makes it more comfortable. My issue with it today was it not picking up my speed/distance from the sensor - still trying to work that out.
re: Help with S510 HRMstoutga
Jan 7, 2002 9:15 AM
1. Do you like the s510?
Yes, aside from the limited sensor range.

2. Can you only download the last workout? When using PC Coach lite.
I have the full version of PCcoach with the cycling add on. I like the software but it took me one cycling season to figure out exactly how I wanted to use it and customize it accordingly.

3. Is there any other software that can be used with this monitor? Don't know of any.

4. Any words of advice or suggestions.
Take your time with the watch and try each feature. Use the base functions of the software until you have the watch mastered then start reading the pccoach help files in depth.
re: Help with S510 HRMPatM
Jan 7, 2002 10:34 AM
stoutga, just trying to fix my own problem here, but are you talking about the speed sensor or the chest sensor ?
When I am ridding along the speed goes to zero, I move the watch closer to the sensor and the speed comes back on. I measured the distance and its about 1'4"(40.5cm) is this to far ? Any help ? - Pat
re: Help with S510 HRMstoutga
Jan 8, 2002 9:29 AM
PatM,
My problem is currently with the cadence sensor. I live in the frozen north so I haven't used the speed sensor yet. The cadence sensor had to be mounted on my downtube (didn't want it there) but testing proved I had to get the cadence sensor as close to the HRM on the handlebar. If I move the HRM two inches in front of the handlebar my cadence disappears until I move it back on the handlebar. The range seems very limited indeed. I might try a new battery in my cadence sensor. Sorry I couldn't help with the speed sensor.