Way to go on that purchase. I have actually never gotten a chance to use it. I wanted to buy one but my wife wasn't interested in letting me try out another piece of equipment that I didn't really need. I'm sure your deal loved one will truly enjoy it. Eventually a HRM will probably be the gift list but for now this is a great investment for him.
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For Father's Day this year, I received a Sigma BC1606L bicycle computer that I am very happy. It tracks just about everything, cadence, time ridden, speed, distance, etc. Altogether 16 functions. You can check it out here: http://www.sigmasport.com/en/produkte/bike computer/topline_wired/bc1606l/?flash=1
I like Polar products. I have been using them for years. I started out with a simple CatEye cyclometer and had a seperate HR monitor for a few years. Now I use the 720i with Power meter because I like having all that information to review and see where I need work. I don't recommend my model to most because it has way too many "bells and whistles" for most people and it is a bit on the expensive side. Polar makes great products and they rarely break but if they do their customer service center is pretty good in helping you. Also their software is great if you are using a PC. They don't have anything for Macs yet but supposedly they are working on it.
Donna: At this time your husband may not be interested in all the bells and whistles that a high-end computer has but he might “grow” into those features. I recommend a computer that has the basics: speed, time, mph, max speed but also cadence. If you can find one that also has heart rate he’ll have all the measurements he’ll need unless he is interested in tracking his rides through GPS. It depends on how much of a techno/stats/geek guy he is. I have heard great stuff about the Garmin units. They do have one that tracks all the basic stuff and heart rate too. Performance has the 205 for $199 plus an extra 10% off for web orders! Or the 305 for $369. http://performancebike.resultspage.com/s earch?p=Q&ts=custom&w=garmin
Edited by: KJEANNE at: 11/5/2007 (11:36)
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I recently bought a Polar Heart Rate Monitor/Cycle Computer to guage the intensity of my cycling workouts. Is your husband interested in monitoring his heart rate or more interested in the cycle computer functions?
I had a bad experience earlier buying an inexpensive (cheap) heart rate monitor (HRM), and a friend recommended Polar products. The Polar S150 is a wireless HRM but is wired for the cycle computing functions. I have been very happy with its performance so far (three workouts) - it fits within your price range (although mine fell below because I got it on sale) and my local bike shop helped me with the installation.
The trade off between a combination HRM/cycle computer and a pure cycle computer (at this price range, I believe), is having the computer provide a Cadence for you versus using an internal cadence (exerting your heart into its training range).
Although your husband might not want a HRM/computer, I hope this information helps you with your search.
2009 Cycling Goal: 2,750 miles (3,500 miles 8/15) Year to 10/2: 3,255 miles Previous Goals/Miles: 2008 2,500 mi/2,419.1 logged (80.9 miles short) 2007 (1/2 Year): 1,000 mi/ 1,002 logged!!
My husband's birthday is coming up and he mentioned wanting a bicycle computer. He recently started riding on some local paved bike trails and I have a feeling he will be doing a lot more riding on a regular basis.
I don't know anything about bicycle computers and would love information and suggestions. I've noticed that there are several brands out there, are any that are better than others? I am looking in the $100 - $200 range.
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