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Cateye V3 is pricier (but also very high quality) but does all the functions you are wanting. It is wireless and keeps your bike looking clean, and it does not suffer interference like some cheaper wireless computers. I love mine after 1200 miles, and a new one can be had for around $130 on eBay (not the $200 retail price).

+1 for having HR and being able to do more focused training
 

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I have a stand alone Timex that works great. I also use it for spinning class and other activities.
 

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I have a Timex. Works well. Wrist watch stype with chest strap, but with a foam pad around the handlebar, you can put the watch around there.

You can set to display bpm % your max HR.

Mine, new-in-box, closeout from a store, on ebay, <$50.
 

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This is the one I have: http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T5G941-Heart-Monitor-Watch/dp/B000F5WB66/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t

I look for something with large, easy to read numbers. All that I want in an HRM is current heart rate. I have a computer to measure cadence, speed, etc. I'm not concerned with average HR nor do I plan to download data to my computer. Just give me the plain vanilla please. HRM with too many features have smaller digits that are more difficult to read on the fly.
 

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I forgot one other important thing. I always check to see if I can change the battery myself. Some HRMs require to send to a certified repair facility to change the battery. NO THANKS!
 

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Mr. Versatile said:
I forgot one other important thing. I always check to see if I can change the battery myself. Some HRMs require to send to a certified repair facility to change the battery. NO THANKS!
Polar comes to mind here...

I really like my Garmin Edge 500.
 

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Polar now user servicable

Mr. Versatile said:
I forgot one other important thing. I always check to see if I can change the battery myself. Some HRMs require to send to a certified repair facility to change the battery. NO THANKS!
In the past the Polar models required you to return it to them to change the battery. I picked up an FT4 this weekend (after my Polar F6 cracked) and both the watch and transmitter batteries can now be changed by the user. Not sure if that applies to other models
 

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+1 for the Cateye V3. It has all the functions that I prefer - speed, distance, heart rate, & cadence - displayed at the same time on 3 lines. All 3 batteries are the same and can be easily changed by opening the cases with a quarter.
 
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