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Timex Body Link Heart Rate system?(4 posts)

Timex Body Link Heart Rate system?paddlechris
Dec 29, 2003 11:03 AM
Does anyone have any experiance with the Timex Body Link?? I like the idea of a GPS Spead distance / Odometer combined with a heart rate monitor that is downloadable to my computer... One unit Road, Mtn, and Run

I am looking for anyone with some suggestions or experiance or if another unit is better??

Thanks for any help

My experienceAFred
Dec 29, 2003 11:46 AM
I just started using this system. I have the complete system, HR, speed, distance and recorder. I paid $250.

It is very easy to use and provides mountains of data. The S+D sensor is a bit bulky, though. It's about the size/weight of an Apple iPod. It attaches by an armband (geeky) or belt clip. I've been putting it in my jersey pocket without experiencing any loss of signal. The data recorder is about the size of half-dollar (someday this will be the size of S+D sensor). It uses an Ironman watch and displays three lines of continuous data which you can program. Timex needs to include a bar mount for the watch though. I've been using a Polar mount. One nice feature is that the HR monitor battery is replaceable.

The software is just okay. It stores data from your workout and displays it as a linear or bar chart. It is limited in scope and programability. There are links to download into with a subscription.

The system really shines if you're into multisport. I've combined mountain biking and trail runs, and it's nice to have one system to record the entire workout.

It will be great when Timex figures out how to shrink the size of the S+D sensor.
My experiencemoving up
Dec 29, 2003 6:02 PM
You might also consider the HAC4, which is more expensive, but more compact. You can strap it to the handlebar and then when running strap it to your wrist. It is the computer of choice by the Posties in training and the big tours.
Either one should provide more info than anyone can analyze short of Chris Carmichael.
Good biking.
Actually- get the HAC4 PlusCoolhand
Dec 31, 2003 8:00 AM
That's the version with all the stuff you need to download your workouts. I have one on order to replace my 3 year old Polar Ti watch (no max or average heart rate- but it was shiny-- sigh. . . )