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Heart rate monitor affected by wind ??(8 posts)

Heart rate monitor affected by wind ??Gary
Feb 14, 2002 6:36 PM
Lately when ever I ride on windy days or on a still day descend a climb at speed, my polar protrainer NV adds about 100 beats per minute to the reading. Slowing down returns the reading back to normal. Can a weak transmitter battery be affected by wind ???.
Not that I've ever heardOutWest
Feb 14, 2002 9:54 PM
Nope never heard of a problem like that, did you try emailing Polar? The Sports Instruments HR monitor I use now and the Octos HR monitor I had before won't work when I'm riding parallel with 3 phase power lines if I am across the street (works OK if I'm on the same side, go figure). Let us know what you find out.
yesDuane Gran
Feb 15, 2002 5:53 AM
I too have noticed this, but for the life of me I don't know what causes it. Other riders have commented on it too. It happens more in the cold months and rarely happens in the summer. I find it to happen less often if I wear a wind block.
It's just the wind getting between you and...Kyle
Feb 15, 2002 10:22 AM
your HRM strap. Not much, but enough to interfere with the contact. It happens in cold months less because you sweat less and therefore have poorer conductivity.

1: Wear a windbreaker

2: Tighten the strap

3: Get some EKG gel if you really want to go hog wild.
KY Jelly works well, but the cashier may look at you funny. (nmallervite
Feb 15, 2002 11:18 AM
Feb 16, 2002 6:10 PM
you're supposed to put the KY on AT HOME.
So does this happen with all HR monitors?OutWest
Feb 15, 2002 6:54 PM
Or is the high reading a quirk of the Polars? I've never had that happen. I always spit on the back of the transmitter before I put it on and I find it works better. I know, yuck, but it works.
So does this happen with all HR monitors?allervite
Feb 18, 2002 9:08 AM
As anyone who has owned a few different brands can tell you, Polar is one of the best. As mentioned above, it is only a problem on cold days when you do not sweat enough to maintain a good contact. Good contact is essential. That is why they smear that jelly stuff on the Zappers before they try to defib someone on ER.