A buyer's guide to cycling heart rate monitors or sport watches
Although most cycling heart rate monitors included in this category have been designed to offer precise and reliable measurements to all athletes, some are designed only for touring cyclists, to guide them on their routes. Those which are aimed at sportsmen and women enable a thorough analysis and performance improvement on each outing. In this way, the cyclists are aware at all times of their physical condition and know if their performance is improving or dropping off. The functions change depending on the brand, model and the price but these are some of the features and functions which can be included:
- · Bluetooth compatible speed and cadence sensors.
- · Measures and logs climbs, descents and incline.
- · Barometric Altimeter.
- · Alerts for pace, time and distance.
- · Customisable screens to see all the relevant information at any time.
- · High sensitive GPS for areas with trees or high buildings.
- · Measurement of heart rate during each exercise session.
- · Pre-loaded Maps or with the possibility of loading them.
- · Compatibility with Smartphones, enabling alerts and advanced functions.
- · Compatibility with professional power sensors.
- · Route options, back to start, compete against other users and previous sessions, etc.
With these heart rate monitors the user can plan and organize adventures, download routes designed by other users, save a summary and create a record of all the training sessions. In this way, cyclists can consult their activity record and easily keep track of their progress.
Many of these devices, which already include GPS and a colour touch screen, provide advanced navigation functions and specific maps for cyclists, including cycle paths, making it possible to set up routes, points of interest and directions etc.
Maps: Some cycling heart rate monitors have pre-loaded maps, it is possible to load maps in others and in some the maps cannot be seen. Before choosing your model it is important to decide if you want your device to include maps or to at least have the possibility of adding them in the future.