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Heart Rate Monitor(6 posts)

Heart Rate MonitorDannyBoy
Aug 7, 2002 6:00 PM
What's a good heart rate monitor that isn't too dated and basic, but at the same time isn't too o.t.t. and complicted to use, perhaps something you can link to a pc? Although I'm not sure if that is heading down the unnecessary route?

Hope you can offer some practical advice/experience. I've got a 160km race in November and waana do well!
re: Heart Rate MonitorPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 7, 2002 6:49 PM
It really depends. The polar beat is a great hrm which has polars quality and preciseness. If you want one with computer uploadability though you need to really go up in price. The polar S510 is the first step and then the S710 is the next. Both have the polar software which is fantastic. Also they have a speed sensor included but the S710 is better in that it has more memory and an altimeter. Also you can add both cadence and power to the S710 down the road if you choose. With the S510 you can only add cadence. If you want to get a grip of your training feel free to email me at

re: What Polar software?cyclejim
Aug 7, 2002 8:42 PM
Mine came with PC Coach software, which isnt made by Polar and its far from fantastic, and their (PC Coach) tech support sucks!
Was it Polar Precision Performance?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 7, 2002 10:32 PM
What polar hrm do you have? I have the 710 which came with the Polar Precision Performance which IS a very well thought out program. Perhaps the Coach Light software which comes on the 510 is not as good.

Nick Corcoran
Aug 8, 2002 9:51 PM
but you said the 510 and the 710 both come with the Polar software...which isnt the case. The PC Coach software is somewhat buggy...
re: Heart Rate Monitorriney
Aug 7, 2002 7:21 PM
IMHO the S510 and S710 are overkill unless you need cyclocomputer and HRM functions in the same unit. I find that seperate units are easier to use during traning and events. If you are looking for a user friendly all around good value go with the Polar A5. This will save you $200-$300 over their S series and give alot of useful data.