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First Heart Rate Monitorlexington476
Dec 4, 2003 3:15 PM
I am looking at getting my first Heart Rate Monitor for bike racing. What options should I be looking for? What are some of the ones you folks use? Do you like it? Is the HRM missing any options that you wish it had?
SigmaSport, any modelshirt
Dec 4, 2003 3:22 PM
They're cheap, bulletproof, and have at least one training zone. They also have unbelievably good customer support. My guess is they're trying to take a chunk out of Polar (though they don't have super high-end monitors.)

I never understood the need for multiple training zones in a monitor. I also hate the way Polars start counting as soon as they pick up a signal (I know how to start a stopwatch.)

If you want to spend a ton of money though, the Polar 720 is way cool with an altimeter, temperature guage and optional power meter.

Stay away from Ciclosport.

SigmaSport, any modelscopestuff2
Dec 4, 2003 6:04 PM
I think that multiple training zones are useful for multi-sport athletes. I know that my training zones are different for cycling and running. I would imagine that swimming would add yet another zone.
Of course...shirt
Dec 4, 2003 9:19 PM
and I change mine as well. It takes about ten seconds. I just never found it particularly useful to have multiple zones with the attendant alarms going off during a single workout.
Just bought Sigma 1600 HRMSpunout
Dec 5, 2003 6:33 AM
and it looks quite simple and effective.

Of course, I had to wear it for two days, having so much fun watching it.

Anyways, comparable to the A3 but less expensive. One zone is great, I think I will set it to my Zone 4, thus the report of in, lower, and higher times in zone will give me three data points for a workout.
Depends on how much hrm you want!BigLeadOutGuy
Dec 9, 2003 6:48 PM
Hey lexington
did you get an hrm yet? I would get a middle of the road hrm to start out with. You dont want to get something that you will outgrow too quickly yet you dont want to get one that is too much to handle either. Do you want something with bike capabilites? (speed,cadence,power) or do you want a HRM only? Theres so many out there...If you have any questions let me know, I work for polar so I have use all of their models, as far as others I wouldnt have a clue =)
good luck =)