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  • Recommend me a heart rate monitor……….

     mr-marty-martin updated 11 years, 9 months ago 5 Members · 15 Posts
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  • Gunner

    Member
    31 March 2009 at 8:23 pm

    My heart rate monitor seemed to have bit the dust yesterday, so I’m in the market for a new one.

    Why don’t you guys give me some recommendations that I can mull over, I don’t want to shell out too much, but I’d like something with calorie consumption and ideally a training zone alarm setting.

    😉

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    31 March 2009 at 8:31 pm

    ive heard polar are good… although they seem pricey 😕

  • Gunner

    Member
    31 March 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Had a Polar Favour many years ago, good but fancy something different.

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    31 March 2009 at 8:35 pm

    im stumped then… 😆

    harry will probalys no a good one 😉

    im after one aswell when i get some cash…mine keeps spiking for the first 10 mins of riding….

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    31 March 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I can recommend my Cardiosport Heartsafe from a car boot sale in Devon last year for £2.50. 8)

  • HarryB

    Member
    1 April 2009 at 6:21 am

    Gunner, mine packed in recently so I had to buy a new one. I can’t complain though as my old Cardiosport had lasted over 15 years.

    I’d suggest you buy from here. http://polar.fitnessmegastore.co.uk/?gclid=CMCErq6Cz5kCFQqF3godThpmuw

    They are based in Hartlepool and are excellent people to deal with. You can place the order on line and collect from premises to save delivery if you wanted to.

    As for what to get that’s more difficult. It depends what you want it for and what features you want or need. That will set the price. More features=more money.

    The only reason I had to buy a new one was that my other two (a Garmin and a Suunto) aren’t compatible with my Tacx i-Magic and I find HR essential for turbo training.

    I ended up going for the Polar CS300 which is a cycling sopecific watch but you can use it for all sorts. It was £100 but I think it;s good value as it has cadence and speed sensors etc for the bike.

    I don’t know if you want to pay this much or if you want all this stuff. All I’d say is that the watch does everything and I never need to refer back to the instructions. It’s very intuitive.

    There are perfectly good HR monitors about for much less but avoid the cheapo ones. They are cheap for a reason. Most of them are crap.

    Features I think are essential are:

    Max HR

    Ave HR

    Alarm

    Zone settings

    Calories (the Polar of mine seems much more accurate than the Garmin or Suunto)

    Ability to set zones manually

    Just write down a list of what you want and a few features you’d like.

    I used to be very anti-polar. main reason was you used to have to send them back to have the battery replaced and then they’d rip you off with a massive charge. That’s all changed now.

    Look on Amazon as they sometimes have some great offers.

    If you are not in any hurry you could try mine next time I see you on a ride.

  • Gunner

    Member
    1 April 2009 at 5:42 pm

    The only reason I had to buy a new one was that my other two (a Garmin and a Suunto) aren’t compatible with my Tacx i-Magic and I find HR essential for turbo training.

    .

    I could not imagine a session on the turbo without a H/R monitor, that’s one of the reasons I want one fairly sharpish, but I’m not going to rush into it.

    I’ll have a look at that link Harry, cheers 😉

  • HarryB

    Member
    1 April 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Gunner, with this great weather you won’t be doing much on the turbo. Can highly recommend that company. They were brilliant to deal with and they are the cheapest in the UK for Polar

  • Gunner

    Member
    3 April 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Very much like the look and price of this model Harry.

    I think I may just well go for it. 😉

    Thanks for that link. 😉

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    3 April 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Used my cheapie last night for first time for ages. All pulses between 96 and 125 depending on the terrain. Took over an hour for it to come down below 60. 😕

  • vince

    Member
    4 April 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I know its been said to avoid the cheap HR monitors but Aldi are geting “Fitness” watches in this coming Thursday http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/58_9402.htm .If someone is in the market for a cheap monitor could be worth a look,although it says they measure heart rate via a finger sensor 😕 i though a chest strap would be the norm ?

  • HarryB

    Member
    4 April 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Vince, to be perfectly honest you’d be better off riding with one hand, taking your pulse and counting. I saw those advertised and saw the ‘finger thing’ and thought WTF?

  • Gunner

    Member
    4 April 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Don’t know how the finger sensor would be practical????

    Always had chest strap transmitter.

    These can be a good buy for people on a budget, that said, I bought one from Lidl about 2 years ago and the alarms didn’t work. Granted it was only £12, and I would have took it back but it was the last one and something was better than nothing at the time.

  • HarryB

    Member
    4 April 2009 at 7:53 pm

    My Cardiosport cost me about £60 when I bought it 15 years ago. So, four quid a year or about a penny a day. Pretty good value for money I’d say.

    That cheapo one works by holding your finger on a contact point on the side of the watch. Hey presto it gives you your HR. Now try doing that while you are climbing up Carlton Bank

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    4 April 2009 at 7:56 pm

    ive also heard of ear ones…

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