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Ideally, we would all be training with a power meter. It is the best tool to track how much fitter you are getting over time. But, we get it. Power meters are expensive and not everyone is going to have the budget for one. But if you are going to be training for anything, you should at least track your heart rate.
Heart rate is one of the simplest yet most important metrics to train with. At 99 bucks, the Scosche Rhythm24 provides a versatile heart rate monitor ready for cyclists and other athletes alike. It is able to run as a solo unit, without an external computer or GPS, thanks to LED indicators that tell you your heart rate zones. Rather than being attached to a chest strap, the Scosche Rhythm24 is worn on a breathable, soft armband that features plenty of stretch for a comfortable fit that won’t distract from your ride or workout.
While some cyclists find chest straps uncomfortable and will enjoy this armband, others will likely prefer to ride with a chest strap. It’s all personal preference. But either way, in the Scosche Rhythm24 cyclists will find an effective heart rate monitor with plenty to like. It features an optical-sensor array with both green and yellow sensors, providing more accurate readings across skin tones. Our test unit paired easily with our GPS through an ANT+ connection and we were able to get up and ride quickly. And it can pair directly with your smartphone via Bluetooth Smart to over 200 fitness apps, including Zwift and The Sufferfest. Plus, it has an IP68 waterproof rating, meaning it can be submerged in up to 10 feet of water—so go ahead and sweat up a storm!
For multisport athletes or off-season cross training, the Rhythm24 really shines. Its onboard LEDs let you know your training zones at a glance without having to pair with an external device. So if you’re in a gym, you don’t need a separate GPS watch or to awkwardly hold your cycling computer while you cross train—we’ve been there. Plus, it can connect to multiple devices at once and features settings specifically for different sports. You can also be away from your device and still record directly to it from up to 100 feet away. Onboard memory lets you record up to 13 hours of workouts without an external device and upload them via an ANT+ connection to analyze later. And you can record up to 24 hours of workouts before needing to recharge. There’s a lot to like in this versatile heart rate monitor. $99; 6 armband colors; scosche.com
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