Garmin HR monitor fix

leicaman

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Sep 20, 2012
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Hi all
I know lots of people have been having a problem with their garmin heart rate monitors. They give false readings and produce spikes which mess up your data. I've been experimenting with different techniques and recently found a really cheap solution. Before putting the strap on, urinate on the two contacts. Just a little is fine. You don't need to soak it. The electrolytes in your urine will allow the sensor to pick up the faint electronic signals up better.
 

TCC

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Well, Urine luck, as I have a bit of spare time to piss about with the Wee-ki. Will get it input, flush the database, and see if this lifts the lid on the issue for anyone looking for answers.
 

Trek DJ

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Or you could wash the strap more often......? Unless you like pissing on your clothing :)

That said, love the Garmin strap comfort wise but get crazy readings on it sometimes. At one point I thought I was having heart issues as it kept reading ~90bpm when I was going decently hard.
 

leicaman

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@Trek DJ i find the newer garmin straps with the extra fabric sensor on it pretty good. I do get the odd spike but its not too bad. Far more reliable is the polar soft strap. I converted mine to work with garmins and I've never looked back. Almost never get any erroneous readings (and when I do, it's because I didn't wet the contacts).
 

TCC

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No coincidence. The first post was, of course, a joke, but the bit about the polar strap with the garmin HR transmitter is true. It works really well.
Half true, half gibberish. Just how I like it! Or do I?*

*I do