Cunobelin wrote: Canuk wrote: De Sisti wrote:
Your experience may not concur with of others who have bought one. Why would you want to lick
yours anyway? Weird ::
Oh licking is in all the manuals, that is if you want to get a good cold frisson of a Saturday morning in winter
FWIW I find that wrist based HRM can range from 'not as accurate' to as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Garmin and Fitbit are getting closer to chest strap monitors, but even a cheapo chest monitor will knock spots off a wrist one, that is if you don't mind licking the cold rubber strap beforehand!
Licking rubber straps is best done in private!
I've been using a Garmin chest strap for the last two years - i've never yet had to resort to damping the contacts. Indeed sometimes it even feels loose but it still picks up, the only time i've had an issue was caused by - well i've no idea but I think i'd got too close to the head unit!
FWIW I don't ride to the hrm numbers, rather I use the results to monitor my health, I can pick up a cold before it hits for example so I can treat in good time before it comes out. And of course I can see from the numbers how fit I am (or not) it's rare for me to be pushing hard enough to get much above 125bpm although a stiff climb might spike things upward to 160bpm which is still below my theoretical max.
It can be quite interesting looking at the trace when you see just how much variance even a slightly undulating road can make and in town riding is all over the place with all those stop, starts etc my biggest peaks are often setting off in traffic.