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Heart Rate Monitors(7 posts)

Heart Rate MonitorsPBLed
Nov 12, 2003 6:45 PM
I'm looking at purchasing a reliable/durable HRM for competitive cycling training. Looking at the reviews at this web page, there doesn't seem to any HRM's that stand out. Right now the polar s210 seems to have everything I am looking for, but I would like to know what other cyclist are using right now and what works. Any suggestions on this topic would be more than welcomed.
re: Heart Rate Monitorsavitar
Nov 12, 2003 7:15 PM
If you want to be able to download data such as Average and Max/ Speed and Heart Rate then you should consider the Polar 520 or get a good deal on the older 510.; I have been using one for 2 years and am very happy with it.
re: Heart Rate MonitorsSuchorutchenko
Nov 12, 2003 7:28 PM
S710 also gives you elevation. I do not find its speed indicator very accurate, but maybe they fixed it in S720.
Important - Do not buy the 510John445
Nov 13, 2003 7:15 AM
The S510 has a programming flaw which will reset your ride data to zero if you are seperated from your bike for more than 5 minutes. That means, which I witnessed at some charity events, Polar users having to take their unit off the bars (no pun intended) and bring it with them to the feed table, drink table, and port a pottie. I laughed when I saw someone else doing this and said, "What do you expect for 265.00, you get what you pay for."

The 520, I think gives you 30 minutes, which should be plenty enough time for the above mentioned tasks. Didn't take Polar long to fix this error by discontinuing the 510 and replacing it with the 520. You would think POLAR, the name in HRM, would stand behind their product but the only way to fix your 510 is to buy a 520, thanks Polar.

re: Heart Rate MonitorsBigFatSal
Nov 12, 2003 8:02 PM
The new Timex Bodylink system (which I've seen advertised on this site) is pretty good. Very accurate for speed and distance since it uses GPS technology. The HRM is digital (most others are analog)which gives accurate feedback.

The system also allows you to upload the data into your PC and will graph HRM, Speed and distance for you.

It doesn't attach to the bike. It attaches to the rider so it can be easily used on different bikes, or while running, or any other activity as long as the GPS receiver has a reasonably clear view of the sky.

Pretty cool.
(hijack)..What about plain vanilla A3 for training levels only?nSpunout
Nov 13, 2003 5:00 AM
Nov 13, 2003 8:24 AM
Avg. HR is important if you're determining your LT from TTs.
Polar A5 is good and basic, but many have this feature.