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    Better HRM than Garmin for my 520+ ?

    Never thought I'd consider wearing one but I'm 45 years old and an acquaintance recently died on the trail after a heart attack.

    Was looking at the Garmin models for my 520 + but they seem to have very bad reviews. Lots of complaints about corrosion, stripped screws on the battery cover, etc....

    Any better options out there that will last more than a year?

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    If you live in Europe, try the HRM from Decathlon, both BT and ANT+
    Works for me (had problems with all Garmin types)
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    I like the Garmins.
    I also use a PowerCal unit on a Garmin belt.

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    The Bontrager unit has been working great for me. Iíve had Garmin and Wahoo units last less than a year. Plus Bontragers warranty is top notch.

    https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/e...-belt/p/14602/

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    Hands down the Wahoo Tickr is the way to go. I've used Polar, Garmin, Mio, and the Scosche 24 but the Tickr is the most consistent.

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    The Tickr has an odd habit of "making up" a HR when it loses your pulse for a few seconds or even a minute, whereas the Garmin HRM immediately shows a blank field on the display.

    However the durability of the Garmin chest straps I've had has been so bad, I definitely have to recommend Wahoo.... they lasted about a year each (with daily rides), whereas I was lucky to get a month out of the Garmin straps.

    They might have improved in recent years, but I'm not gonna buy another one to find out.
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    My tickr lasted 7 months.

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    Schoche is a good strap. Optical sensor, rechargeable, and I wear it on the inside of my upper arm. Much more reliable than my garmin chest strap

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    y'all must be MUCH harder on HRM straps than I am. I have a cheap Bryton strap I've been using for a few years with fairly minimal attention. I think I've had to replace the battery a couple times and that's about it. A couple hand washing episodes with the strap, too, I think.

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    Wahoo Tickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho1 View Post
    Schoche is a good strap. Optical sensor, rechargeable, and I wear it on the inside of my upper arm. Much more reliable than my garmin chest strap

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    I did pick up the new Schosche Rhythm 24 and used it on a few indoor rides with Trainerroad and I was getting dropouts and then eventually no heart rate reading during workout. I tried both on forearm and upper arm. I haven't tried outdoors and have stuck with Tickr.

    Any tips regarding the Scosche and getting smooth performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuttermax View Post
    I did pick up the new Schosche Rhythm 24 and used it on a few indoor rides with Trainerroad and I was getting dropouts and then eventually no heart rate reading during workout. I tried both on forearm and upper arm. I haven't tried outdoors and have stuck with Tickr.

    Any tips regarding the Scosche and getting smooth performance?
    I place it in the inside of my arm. On the edge of the bicep. I've read that you need to make sure it's really snug. Not cutting circulation. But snug. I have a hairy chest so chest straps have always been a pia. I have not had a single problem with the schoche rythem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    y'all must be MUCH harder on HRM straps than I am. I have a cheap Bryton strap I've been using for a few years with fairly minimal attention. I think I've had to replace the battery a couple times and that's about it. A couple hand washing episodes with the strap, too, I think.
    Yeah really.

    I have a Garmin strap that's at least two years old with what has to be around 1,000 hours of usage. I may have changed the battery once, but I doubt it.

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    Tickr for the win. I went through too many Garmin straps. I have been happy since I jumped over to Wahoo.

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