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Getting my first....(5 posts)

Getting my first....853
Oct 29, 2002 10:01 AM
Heart-rate monitor.

What features are helpfull and essential?
What model should I get and why?
I am a beginer racer and am planning to do more structured training for the next season and maybe getting a coach.Looking for something not to expensive and not to cheap.

I need help deciding what heartrate monitor to get! anybody?nm853
Oct 29, 2002 2:26 PM
Oct 29, 2002 2:32 PM
go to your bike or running shop...they can help you. There are others available, but these, IMHO, are the best.
Oops, now I see the rest of your question.MXL02
Oct 29, 2002 2:42 PM
Polar S510 or S710 These are very expensive ($210-280) but if you are serious about your training and getting a coach, you will have to have one. My advice would be to get your coach first, then ask which one he/she recommends. The S710 has an optional power unit (costs more than the HRM!) which can aid in training but has questionable accuracy, so some coaches may not need or want you to have it. The S510 is essentially the same unit without the capability for the power add-on. Both also have wireless speedos, and optional wireless cadence sensors, and the ability to donwload your data to your computer.

The great thing about these units is their ability to record not only heart rate but average speed, cadence(optional), intervals, etc. and store them for future reference. It will help you keep your training journal. I have just started a coaching program just to add some structure to my training (I cycle for a hobby, I don't race) and I would be lost without my S710.

Bottom line, yes it is expensive, but if you are serious, you will have to have it. Good luck.
re: Getting my first....bsdc
Oct 29, 2002 6:16 PM
I would go with Polar and get the most basic model. I don't think most people need all the bells and wistles.