Use Watch as HRM for Cycling Computer

rstark18

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I noticed two new options that allow you to use your Apple Watch as a HRM for a BTLE enabled cycling computer (Developed as a Peloton solution but seems to work with cycling computers).

They both work pretty similar (one is software and the other is hardware) by running an app on the watch that transfers the HR to the phone which then transfers the HR to the computer.

I tried the software version as it's free with ads. I used it on a Lezyne Super GPS and once it was running seems to work very good. The issue I have is with setup. It seems as though you have to go through the pairing process every time you use it. I'm not sure if this is a shortfall of the Lezyne or just the way it has to connect. I then tried it on a Garmin Edge 530 and couldn't get it to sync once it was paired. Maybe it's just buggy as a new release. I think I'm going to order the hardware version and see if it's any good. Has anyone else tried these?

Here is the software solutions.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blueheart-bluetooth-heartrate/id1485503543

Here is the hardware solution.
https://npe-inc.com/news-highlights-home-page/heartbeatz-connects-apple-watch/
 

Monkswhiskers

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I use a Wahoo tickR chest strap which broadcasts to the watch, Bluetooth, and to my Garmin, ant+, at the same time, more reliable data also.
 
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rstark18

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I use a Wahoo tickR chest strap which broadcasts to the watch, Bluetooth, and to my Garmin, ant+, at the same time, more reliable data also.
A chest strap is definitely more accurate than the Watch. But for those that don’t want to use a cheat strap and already use a Watch (myself included), this seems like a good solution.
 

rstark18

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I received my HeartBeatz dongle and it works excellent. I stick the dongle in with my spare tube and all the info is transmitted to my Garmin 530.
I couldn't get the software only BlueHeart to work correctly with the Garmin so I went with the HeartBeatz.
 

mxxii

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Thanks for the link. I’ve been trying to find a way to link my watch to my garmin.
 

Significant1

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I received my HeartBeatz dongle and it works excellent. I stick the dongle in with my spare tube and all the info is transmitted to my Garmin 530.
I couldn't get the software only BlueHeart to work correctly with the Garmin so I went with the HeartBeatz.
Does the app need to run during workout or can you use any workout app On your watch?
 

rstark18

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Does the app need to run during workout or can you use any workout app On your watch?
The app needs to be running on the Watch. This isn’t an issue for me because I use Garmin’s app to record to Activities and Health. But if you want to use other apps then I think it would be an issue.
 

Significant1

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The app needs to be running on the Watch. This isn’t an issue for me because I use Garmin’s app to record to Activities and Health. But if you want to use other apps then I think it would be an issue.
Bummer. on threadmill I would like to use stryd for power and precise distance.
 
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