Heart Rate Monitors and Riding.

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Postby tuco » Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:41 am

Mulger bill wrote:Thanks Richard, still no comp on thenewone yet, I'm pretty convinced that cadence is a good idea, so so for a hrm, I read somone said they had a flightdeck, is it hard to retrofit? I want the basic 'puter functions + cadence, I don't want a wire to a crank sensor, but don't mind a wire to the head unit, any ideas?

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I have the flightdeck.

I had no problems. I'm a technical officer (retired) but that was no advantage. Flightdeck is calculated cadence so there's no sensor so no wiring. Speed pick up is wireless. There are two wires, one to each STI lever.
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Postby Mulger bill » Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:00 pm

OK thanks Tuco, that'd mean retaping the bars I suppose?

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Postby tuco » Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:57 pm

Mulger bill wrote:OK thanks Tuco, that'd mean retaping the bars I suppose?

Shaun


I didn't for months then I had the cables adjusted at the lbs and they did at no charge.
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Postby gsdkain » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:50 pm

I don't think you could ever really calculate your true MHR, so many factors can affect the outcome, far too many to list. Even the pro riders, (of which I was reading Lance Armstrong could maintain more than 90% of his "MHR" for an hour) couldn't truely determine their max.
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Postby europa » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:31 pm

gsdkain wrote:I don't think you could ever really calculate your true MHR, so many factors can affect the outcome, far too many to list. Even the pro riders, (of which I was reading Lance Armstrong could maintain more than 90% of his "MHR" for an hour) couldn't truely determine their max.


After the hammering I gave my heart on sunday (read the thread "I'm so tired ..."), where my heart rate hung in the 184-187 range for a good ten minutes on a steep climb, I'm happy to compute my 'zones' using 187 as a working max knowing the results won't be too far out. A HRM is only a guide anyway, a very useful guide but not something to get too hung up about.

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Postby gsdkain » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:02 pm

europa wrote:
gsdkain wrote:I don't think you could ever really calculate your true MHR, so many factors can affect the outcome, far too many to list. Even the pro riders, (of which I was reading Lance Armstrong could maintain more than 90% of his "MHR" for an hour) couldn't truely determine their max.


After the hammering I gave my heart on sunday (read the thread "I'm so tired ..."), where my heart rate hung in the 184-187 range for a good ten minutes on a steep climb, I'm happy to compute my 'zones' using 187 as a working max knowing the results won't be too far out. A HRM is only a guide anyway, a very useful guide but not something to get too hung up about.

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Postby Parrott » Wed May 02, 2007 9:53 pm

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mikesbytes wrote:So which heart rate monitors did everyone end up getting?


I have a Polar CS200 CAD and use it all the time.


What's the polar cs 200 like, is it user friendly, easy to read on the bike and is the hr monitor accurate. Does it have cadence as well?
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Postby europa » Wed May 02, 2007 10:19 pm

I hate to do this to you mate, but do a search on CS200 - there are quite a few threads discussing this unit but in brief, it is a very good, user friendly, fully waterproof unit with a cadence function and cute blonde who makes your espresso for you.

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Postby Parrott » Wed May 02, 2007 11:16 pm

I saw it in the general discussion list after i'd posted and I'll have a look at the search as well, thanks for the info too.
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu May 03, 2007 11:01 am

I still haven't got around to getting a heart rate monitor. I need one that I can use in the gym as well as the bike and I can manulipate the data with.

Sounds like thats one of the Polars that comes as a wrist watch.

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Postby europa » Thu May 03, 2007 11:43 am

mikesbytes wrote:I still haven't got around to getting a heart rate monitor. I need one that I can use in the gym as well as the bike and I can manulipate the data with.

Sounds like thats one of the Polars that comes as a wrist watch.


An alternative would be a specialist bike computer, but use a pouch on your arm to carry it in the gym, or stick it in your pocket - that's the beauty of wireless. Actually, with the range of these things, you could sit it on the gym equiptment next to you.

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Postby sogood » Thu May 03, 2007 12:14 pm

mikesbytes wrote:I still haven't got around to getting a heart rate monitor. I need one that I can use in the gym as well as the bike and I can manulipate the data with.

Sounds like thats one of the Polars that comes as a wrist watch.

Or a Garmin with GPS built-in.

I'll dream on with an affordable PM... :roll:
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu May 03, 2007 12:52 pm

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Postby sogood » Thu May 03, 2007 1:10 pm

Not sure which model GeoffS has but I think he has one of the Garmins.

The top end model is that 305 Edge, with virtual competitor and HRM. Now if only they add in PM capability. :D
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Postby CoffeeNut » Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:16 pm

I'm using a Polar CS200 CAD. It is quite magic and I can't imagine exercising without it. I find I can now put 'numbers' to feelings (pain), and can throttle up and down to maintain a steady heart load. The cadence options seems essential.
Best of all, the Polar website is very useful for managing training and answers many of the questions above (no I don't sell them!!).
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