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Newbie Best Heart Monitor for Cycling Suggestions(4 posts)

Newbie Best Heart Monitor for Cycling SuggestionsMaartin
Jul 12, 2002 7:21 AM
It appears that to go to the next level I need to start using a heart monitor which I have never used before. Any suggestions on the best model and a reasonable cost for road cycling. What are the basic features you need and about what should I spend. Thanks
re: Newbie Best Heart Monitor for Cycling SuggestionsPing_Pong
Jul 12, 2002 7:36 AM
The most basic will simply show heart rate, which is all you really need. You can work out the zones you want to work in and refer to the HRM to check your progress.

More money allows you to record and measure what you have done. It really depends how much you like looking at figures.

I would recommend getting an entry level one, then if the scientific training bug bites you can upgrade to a full PC downloading top of the range model!
re: Newbie Best Heart Monitor for Cycling Suggestions270bullet
Jul 12, 2002 7:46 AM
Polar S510 or S710 with a cadence sensor. Has everything you'll ever want all in one so you don't have to clutter up the bike.
re: Newbie Best Heart Monitor for Cycling Suggestionsfracisco
Jul 12, 2002 8:29 AM
You can look at a simple model, something in the "A" line, or even something like the S120/S150. The S150 has the option of being an integrated cycle computer, less cadence, as it comes with a speed sensor that attaches to your front fork. It doesn't have the ability to download all of your data to the PC, you have to transcribe it manually.

I have a heart monitor, but I still have not started to use it. I keep saying to myself, on the fast group rides, just try to keep up, and when you get dropped, you're dropped...and hope for a red light ahead. I think that for solo or small group riding, I need to force myself to start using it just to have an idea of where I really am at.