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Cyclo-computers, HRM's, Polar combined units, data output...(13 posts)

Cyclo-computers, HRM's, Polar combined units, data output...jtferraro
Jan 7, 2004 10:46 AM
I currently have the wireless Vetta V100HR. As well as the normal cyclo-computer functions, it also provides wireless cadence and heart rate. The two functions it doesn't provide is altitude and power. Unfortunately, it also doesn't connect to your computer for downloading. Overall, I'm happy with it but wish the heart rate monitor component was "transferrable" (i.e. wrist oriented). I'd then be able to use it while riding my other bikes, or doing any other form of exercise (spinning, xc skiing, inline skating, etc.). Vetta now has a wireless V100A available ($199.95). It provides an altimeter at the expense of the heart rate monitor. I'm considering purchasing it, ebaying my V100HR, and buying a Polar wrist HRM. This would solve my problem and allow me to have a great HRM for all my cardio endeavors, and I'd be gaining a function - altitude. Anybody have the V100A? Experiences? The only reason I'm not sold yet is because I'm also enticed by Polar's combined cycle-computer/HRM units since they sync up to your PC and all your ride data is then downloaded and stored for future reference, graph presentation, reports, etc. I also believe Polar's units can be strapped to your wrist OR mounted to your handlebar. This, again, would allow me to use the HRM for other sports. The other issue with having a separte HRM and separate cyclo-computer is just that, THEY ARE SEPARATE. There can't be any correlation between your HR and what you were doing on the bike, at that time - climbing (altitude gain), sprinting (speed gain), etc. Do the Polar units actually graph out this correlated ride info? Hmm...

Not sure what to do,

-Jeff
re: Cyclo-computers, HRM's, Polar combined units, data output...CT1 Guy
Jan 7, 2004 10:55 AM
I've got a Ciclosport HAC4 that is a combined HRM / bike computer with PC download facility that enables you to log and analyse all your training data. I certainly find that knowing how much time you spend in each training zone is useful in comparison to average speed / altitude gain / power etc. Given the relative amount you're going to spend, surely you'd always hanker after the extra functionality and end up buying the combined unit anyway?
questions...jtferraro
Jan 7, 2004 11:20 AM
Thanks. I did some searching of the archives yesterday on the HAC4. I believe you can wear it on your wrist and use the HRM for other cardio endeavors, right? I like that feature, plus the PC download functionality. I heard the power feature isn't very accurate but since the HAC4 also offers HR I wouldn't mind (I'd just use power as an "extra" and kinda take it with a grain of salt). I did, however, hear some other complaints. They include: poor mounting set-up w/wireless cadence option, and poor instructions/user manual. Nonetheless, it's still on my "considering purchase" list.

Thanks,

-Jeff
re: Cyclo-computers, HRM's, Polar combined units, data output...Juanmoretime
Jan 7, 2004 12:11 PM
CT-1 I just bought the HAC4 and can't get the daily timer and total time to erase. I used the upper left to go to the reset but that doesn't clear the timers. I don't have the computer interface. Do you know how to clear it?

Thanks,

J
checked out www.hac4.com yet? (nm)jtferraro
Jan 7, 2004 12:21 PM
checked out www.hac4.com yet? (nm)Juanmoretime
Jan 7, 2004 1:00 PM
Just did, I can now clear the daily ride time but I still can't figure out how to reset the total ride time.

Thanks for the help.
re: Cyclo-computers, HRM's, Polar combined units, data output...Drone 5200
Jan 7, 2004 12:59 PM
I picked up a polar s720i with power kit for c-mas. I'm still figuring out all that it can do. I'm very impressed so far.
I've got a Polar S710 w/ Speed and Cadence kit...SS_MB-7
Jan 7, 2004 1:50 PM
I've got a Polar S710, which comes with the Speed kit, and I bought the optional Cadence kit. I've beaten on my HRM for well over a year of racing, riding and training and it just keeps going. I've been very happy with the HRM, kits, uploading/downloading and software. Great unit!

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
http://www.one-speed.com
The Polar graphs show all the info at once...biknben
Jan 7, 2004 5:34 PM
This is a graph of a MTB race I did last year. Red indicates heart rate, brown is elevation, blue is speed.

Sorry for the mega wide picture. It becomes illegible if I compress it.
The Polar graphs show all the info at once...mosovich
Jan 7, 2004 6:04 PM
Is this from the 720? I've got a 510 that I like, but would like to upgrade. Does it show altitude like if you run or cross country ski?
The Polar graphs show all the info at once...undertrained
Jan 7, 2004 6:18 PM
The graph is from a 720. The watch will record the altitude if you are running with it on too (it also records the temperature when its recording altitude). The software also allows you to calculate the gradient on climbs and descents.
Another example...biknben
Jan 7, 2004 7:01 PM
I have the S710i. All the non-bike functions will work when you are doing other sports.

Expanding on what "undetrained" said, here's an example of how to find the gradient of a climb. The HRM will calculate the grade of each lap. Hit the lap button at the base of a climb, then again when you reach the top. When looking at the graph you put the cursor over the lap and another window opens displaying the stats for that lap. In the image below I'm looking at the stats for lap 10 or a hill interval workout.
Thanks again, Ben. (nm)jtferraro
Jan 7, 2004 9:06 PM