Biking Heart Rate and Polar CS500 Review Update

Since getting my Polar CS500 earlier this month I have started to try and train in different heat rate zones to build different areas of my fitness. Mostly right now I am reviewing what my heart rate is over the course of a ride and changing around the works outs based on the findings. I hope to move to a more formal program as I progress, but given I need to get in as many miles as possible to start building a base I am winging it for the time being.

Today I logged 48.4 miles with the Tour de Easton Bike Club. Our scenic ride brought us through Easton, Oxford, Trappe, Hillsboro, Goldsboro and back to Easton. I saw my heart rate reach 205 beats/min which was a little scarey. I am wondering if it was real or if there is an error percentage on this heart rate monitors. I will be keeping an eye on it. One thing is certain, I have a ways to go yet with my fitness and am thinking I am going to want to drop some weight.

While the Polar CS500 has been pretty cool, I have been having a beck of a time getting it to synch with my computer. I am on a MacBookPro and maybe that has something to do with it, however it was synching fine for a while. I read the Polar forums and it seems other have the same trouble. I think I am going to get Polar tech support on the phone tomorrow because I’ve invested enough time trying to trouble shoot it myself.

Polar CS500 Bike Computer

Polar CS 500 Bike Computer Set up ExperienceI have been reading about biking computers lately and wanted to upgrade what I have so I could monitor and record my heart rate. This will give me a better idea of what cardio zone I am training in thus allowing me to start to tune my training better. I did a lot of research and opted for the Polar CS500 because of the features, functionality and profile. It has speed, cadence and heart rate sensors with the option of a power meter which I want to add at some point whether a polar or another type. But, that is later. Right now this is a good start. The write up was good and I liked the idea that it has wireless downloading of your rides to the Polar Trainer online software. I also liked the flat profile and the idea that you can scroll through screens with a rocker motion, meaning you can push down right or left and it moves through the screens vs. the traditional side buttons on some models like my old one which I found hard to change screens when riding.

I did the set up myself with the help of my wife. It was pretty straight forward and the problems we did have were easy to figure out from the Polar installation videos that they have on their site. All and all pretty painless.

We will see how it works and I will post a review as I log some miles and learn how to use it.