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2004-03-24 2:49 PM

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Subject: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
Do y'all use "electrode gel" with your heart rate monitors or do you just use them with nothing but your nekkid body? The place I'm planning to buy my monitor from is pimping some electrode gel and I'd like to know if it's a necessity or a luxury. Thanks for your input...


2004-03-24 2:59 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
Save your francs and go nekkid. The only other thing I do is wet the transmitter strap in the sink before putting it on. A completely dry monitor sometimes gives funny readings or none at all until you give out some conducting sweat. With a little bit of water, I've never had a problem.
2004-03-24 3:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
Agreed, water works just fine.  I almost bought the gel but decided not to spend the cash.  Hadn't given it another thought until now.  I usually wet the piece and my skin where it will be and it works just fine.
2004-03-24 3:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
Also agree with use of water. Most of the heart rate monitors' instructions say to use water anyway.

good luck!
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2004-03-24 4:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
I use spit.  It works too.
2004-03-24 5:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
I have used spit and generic KY Jelly that is available at the grocery/drug stores.
In the winter the HRM seems to be a little more sensitive so I find the gel works really well for the first couple of miles until I start to sweat.



2004-03-24 6:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
Speaking of the remarkable qualities of spit, it's good for defogging your goggles too.
2004-03-24 7:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
i use spit as well...not point in buying the gel when your body is full of something just as usefull
2004-03-24 8:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
They're definitely pimping. Spit/water works perfect. It's free too.
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Subject: RE: Heart rate monitors - "electrode gel"?
Originally posted by tech_geezer

I use spit.  It works too.
This is also what I am using right now. But they are both good.
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