October 2, 2015
Polar has a long tradition of putting out some great heart rate monitoring watches and cycling computers. Just recently, they launched their new Polar M450 cycling computer, which integrates GPS tracking along with a cadence sensor and heart rate capabilities.
On a full charge you've got up to twelve hours of battery life with both GPS and heart rate tracking functions running. With 64MB of internal flash memory, you can record around 35 hours of ride time. After recording a ride, you can either sync it to Polar's Flow app or a third party ride tracking service, such as Strava.
The 3.5cm x 3.5cm display is fully customizable, so you can organize the screen to show the information you want and hide the stuff you don't care about. It also features a small LED light to help keep you visible to traffic if the day gets away from you. This is available for $170, or $200 with the Polar heart rate sensor. If you want to match this up to your bike, there are also interchangeable colored covers for $15.
Photos courtesy of Polar.
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling’s member services department. It appears once each month, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and offering advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh’s “Fine Tuned” column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.