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Gus




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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Cheap, good HR monitor Reply with quote

My old Garmin Forerunner 305 just disintegrated after my last run, cover came off, poor old thing died a death.

I'm skint at the moment but definitely need a HR monitor for this year's training. (Much as I'd like a flash new GPS watch, that's out of reach for this year Sad )

I see lots of these cheap wrist-based things, but are they accurate?

Any suggestions for a really cheap but preferably accurate HR monitor?

Obviously would be helpful to have a stop watch as well.

I obviously already have the Garmin chest strap.

Thanks all.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been successfully using a very old Polar for years. when they stopped sealing them after battery changes I had to stop swimming in it, but I still use it with a range of new Polar chest transmitters(which are cheap) to very good effect when testing athletes
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got two t31"s off flea bay 12 months ago when I started training again.
One was brand new.
Limited if you want download every micron of data for every second of every min, but both perfect for what I need. Current heart rate.

The only improvement I would like is a bigger heartrate only screen, any one ever seen one of these?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I do have a very old Polar watch which needs a new battery so might see if I can resurrect it. (Do you still need to send them back to Polar for a battery change or can you DIY?)

Not sure if I've still got the old Polar strap so I may need to do ebay on that bit...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gus wrote:
Thanks guys. I do have a very old Polar watch which needs a new battery so might see if I can resurrect it. (Do you still need to send them back to Polar for a battery change or can you DIY?)

Not sure if I've still got the old Polar strap so I may need to do ebay on that bit...


we send ours to Polar Electro UK in Warwick, always had excellent service....and straps from Amazon
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gus wrote:
Thanks guys. I do have a very old Polar watch which needs a new battery so might see if I can resurrect it. (Do you still need to send them back to Polar for a battery change or can you DIY?)

Not sure if I've still got the old Polar strap so I may need to do ebay on that bit...


My old cheap Polar FT-1 still works even after I badly changed the battery and lost one screw.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timpsons did mine, swim in it no bother?!
Not sure if i should?

Still works fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gus I have a very basic Polar HR monitor that you can have for free if you PM me your details, and I can find it in my pile of cr@p at home. It will record your average/max and time over a session, but not a trace for you to view. I found it useful for long runs/rides to make sure I wasn't over-exerting myself with a quick glance down, but that was about the extent of the usefulness.

It's waterproof
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TriSam wrote:
Gus I have a very basic Polar HR monitor that you can have for free if you PM me your details, and I can find it in my pile of cr@p at home. It will record your average/max and time over a session, but not a trace for you to view. I found it useful for long runs/rides to make sure I wasn't over-exerting myself with a quick glance down, but that was about the extent of the usefulness.

It's waterproof


Thanks mate, that's really decent of you.

In fact I managed to get my old Polar working again. Took me days to find the very rare battery, managed miraculously to find the old HR strap at the bottom of a long-forgotten box as well, so I'm actually back in business.

Thanks for the offer anyway Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you got it sorted!
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