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Polar CS200cad Cycling Computer Heart Rate Monitor with Cadence (2008 Model)

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  • Affordable handlebar-mounted cycling computer with included heart rate monitor
  • Cycling Economy/Intensity enables you to predict your calorie expenditure
  • Wireless cadence sensor measures your pedaling rate (presented as rpm)
  • Wireless cycling measurements: speed (current, average and max); trip; distance
  • Wheel size settings for two bicycles, speed sensor installation for different fork shapes
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Product Description

Product Description

The triple wireless CS200cad is the complete package, and the most loaded cycle computer for the money. Speed, cadence and heart rate, all wireless. Four lines of data on the display that scrolls automatically. Exclusive Polar features that links to your PC, the CS200cad is more than just a cycle computer.

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The handlebar-mounted Polar CS200cad combines all the features of a high-end cycle computer with a fully functional heart rate monitor--the Polar Wearklink 31 coded transmitter. It provides a full range of cycling computer functions, and offers similar features to the CS200 but adds an advanced wireless cadence sensor (which measures your pedaling rate as RPM). Like the CS100 and CS200, it includes three new innovative Polar features: the Polar Cycling Coach (a Web-based coaching program and diary), estimated time of arrival (based on your speed), and automatic display scroll, which switches the information on the display according to your preferences. The CS200cad also adds a number of additional sophisticated functions, including memory of your last seven rides, downloading ride date to a PC via microphone, indication of whether you're above or below your average speed, and the ability to predict your calorie expenditure. Features include:

  • Wireless ECG accurate heart rate with Polar OwnCode (5kHz) to prevent cross-talk from other heart rate monitors
  • Target heart rate zones with visual and audible alarms
  • Graphical comparison of heart rate and speed
  • Heart rate measurements: maximum of total and each lap, average of total
  • Wireless cycling measurements: Speed (current, average and max); trip; distance
  • Calorie consumption rate per kilometer
  • Wheel size settings for two bicycles, speed sensor installation for different fork shapes
  • Automatic lap recording (up to 50 laps) with exercise date
  • Exercise file info page with date and time
  • Semi-automatic backlighting
  • Water resistance to 10 meters (protects against rain and splashes)
  • SpeedPointer: Points out the difference between average speed/pace and actual speed/pace on the display by up/down arrows.
  • Estimated Time of Arrival: Set the distance you are going to ride, and your cycling computer calculates the estimated time of arrival based on your cycling speed.
  • Polar OwnCal: Shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time e.g. one week, it helps in achieving both short term and long term goals.
  • Cycling Economy/Intensity: Enables you to foresee your calorie expenditure and secure sufficient intake on a long ride. This feature is also useful for comparing and analyzing the loads of various training types.
  • Compatible with Polar T31 and Polar T61 coded transmitters

Manufacturer's Warranty
The original purchaser of this heart rate monitor is backed by a limited warranty that states that this product that the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.

Note:
Polar heart rate monitors are precision instruments; consumers are not advised to change their own battery. Polar recommends that all service be done by an authorized Polar Service Center which will include a warranty for 90 days on repairs and 6 months for batteries.

About Polar
The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of "intensity training" by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0018ZOGBK
  • Item model number: 90034032
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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While I understand why, it would be nice if this kit, which is specifically sold as a cadence kit, came with the computer set to have cadence on! Here is why...

Getting this mounted on the bike is a very straight forward process and the instructions walk you through the steps. But, imagine your frustration trying to get the cadence sensor to light up while installing on the bike (first few pages of the manual) when the setting to enable cadence is about 40 pages later. Even if there was a simple line, "Please make sure cadence is enabled before you test your bike installation, details on page X," that would have improved things. The manual does a nice job otherwise.

Once the unit is on the bike and you start riding, this bike computer really shines. There are a lot of settings that you can tweak to your hearts content. With auto start-stop, basically, you go out and ride. I like that I can see speed, distance, heart rate, and cadence all in one view. You have a bunch of choices for your view depending on what you like, and flipping through the views is just a single button during the ride.

Once you are back after the ride, it is very easy to review the workout data. Highly recommend and this would be a five-star rating if they managed to sell it with cadence enabled by default.
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This computer does everything as advertised. I found it difficult to set up and use all its functions. The learning curve is fairly steep (I've been out of cycling for a while); keep the instruction book handy. I did not have a particularly difficult time setting the sensors. One thing I was disappointed in is the wireless range is very limited. If you want to put the speed sensor on the rear wheel then this unit is not for you. Also the crank arm attachment for the cadence sensor is not very good. The tape provided is not very sticky. I suggest going to your local hardware store and buying electrical tape in a color to match your bike. If I was buying again I would not buy this unit; I would probably buy a wired unit instead. One other thing is if you want cadence on the big display I don't think it can be done. The heart rate monitor worked very well if you follow positioning instructions.
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Too many details are not included here and I didn't see them listed in on the Polar website either.

1) the cadence monitor is useless on my bike. Polar says the maximum distance from the computer to the cadence monitor is 30". It wasn't until reading the manual that I learned this fact. It is exactly 30" on my bike and cadence is not recorded. It works when I hold the computer next to the sensor, but not when the computer is mounted on the bike. I asked Polar if this problem could be resolved. I specified that the two components cannot be closer because of the bike geometry. Their reply? Move the parts closer together. Great service.

2) the speed sensor needs to be mounted on the front fork and needs to be within about a foot or so of the computer. This doesn't meet my needs. I ride on a trainer in the winter. The front wheel doesn't turn. So how to measure distance? It doesn't.

3) the speed sensor has a significant delay to register. It takes 3-5 seconds before anything appears. I also have a Cateye Astrale 8 on the bike. I've tested the Cateye's speed sensor by comparing it to radar sensors when I pass them. The Polar never showed the same speed.

Last point: nowhere on the Polar site does it explain the difference between the CS200 and the CS200cad. It says the CS200 handles cadence. It certainly should make clear that either a separate cadence sensor is needed or a different model needs to be purchased.

So where does this leave me? I bought the CS200cad because my older Polar heart rate monitor no longer works (it lasted over ten years). I had planned to combine my cadence, speed, and heart rate monitor into one unit. So instead? I have an expensive HR monitor with features I can't use and I'll still use the Astrale 8.
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I've been using this product for over a year and I like it a lot except for the high winds issues (See below in cons).

Pros:
- Many features supported.
- Easy navigation.

Cons:
- In high winds when my jersey flaps heart rate goes nuts (maximum). I cross checked w/ other product to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack and no, it was the problem with the sensor/transmission going bananas.
- Expected finish time is based on last second speed. Don't expect to use it to push yourself hard since every slight change in speed would change your expected completion time.
- Uplink communication requires a microphone and silent environment.
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It's complicated to set up, and information is not accurate.
For example; it reads the correct speed, but the total mileage for the trip is way off.
Perhaps is a setting that I don't quite have correct. I would still be using my old Polar watch if it wasn't that can't get a replacement chest strap.
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Im very pleased with my unit, i've been using different kinds for the last 3 years and this its overall the best one. Great reading options, all in one. The backlight display its great when i train at night :).
The only con for me, its that it saves your workout per day. So when you want to check your weekly distance you have to sum each day, there is no total distance. Enjoy
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