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    HRM Receiver - Water or Eletrolyte Gel

    What's everyone using to wet the strap of their receiver. I wet mine generously with tap water, only to find out that it has stopped receiving somewhere along my ride. Other times it does just fine. Does electrolyte gel or anyother substance significantly improve the contact...

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    At the risk of grossing some people out, I just lick the electrodes before I put the strap on. Hasn't failed me yet.

    Mmm. Salty.

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    How about sweat?

    My body produces a naturally saline solution that seems to work for me. Maybe you need a new battery in your transmitter.


    Quote Originally Posted by t-moore
    What's everyone using to wet the strap of their receiver. I wet mine generously with tap water, only to find out that it has stopped receiving somewhere along my ride. Other times it does just fine. Does electrolyte gel or anyother substance significantly improve the contact...

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    Quote Originally Posted by t-moore
    What's everyone using to wet the strap of their receiver. I wet mine generously with tap water, only to find out that it has stopped receiving somewhere along my ride. Other times it does just fine. Does electrolyte gel or anyother substance significantly improve the contact...
    I haven't tried the spit route, but it sure won't hurt to try it.

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    Spit has always worked the best for me.

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    Spit here too. Works great. Do you have a lot of chest hair? That could be the problem.
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    spit or KY jelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t-moore
    What's everyone using to wet the strap of their receiver. I wet mine generously with tap water, only to find out that it has stopped receiving somewhere along my ride. Other times it does just fine. Does electrolyte gel or anyother substance significantly improve the contact...
    water always works just fine for me.
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    I lick mine before I put it on too!!!
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    You don't need anything...

    I don't use anything and it works fine - and even so it is only a matter of minutes before your sweat works as well.

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    In the winter I wet the electrodes with some spit on my thumb to get it going. When the weather is hotter my sweat takes care of it almost without lag.

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    Summer/Winter

    Quote Originally Posted by undertrained
    spit or KY jelly.
    Same here. Spit in the summer, KY in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorn Bait
    I don't use anything and it works fine - and even so it is only a matter of minutes before your sweat works as well.

    I agree- I've never used anything and never had a problem...

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    that was going to be my post almost exactly. the first time i thought...gross. but then i thought about what my body would be like after about 20 minutes on the bike and thought...gross. who cares if you start out a little grosser, you'll end up gross either way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keeping up with Junior
    Same here. Spit in the summer, KY in the winter.

    I third that.I have alot of hair. KY works fine.

    This just doesn't sound right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by t-moore
    What's everyone using to wet the strap of their receiver. I wet mine generously with tap water, only to find out that it has stopped receiving somewhere along my ride. Other times it does just fine. Does electrolyte gel or anyother substance significantly improve the contact...
    I was thinking about getting a HRM and had perhaps na´vely assumed that you'd get some kind of gel with the unit when you bought it.

    As for having to get your chest waxed to ensure a good contact, and then hocking a loogie on yourself to ensure consistent readings - it all seems a bit much
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle_Sore
    I was thinking about getting a HRM and had perhaps na´vely assumed that you'd get some kind of gel with the unit when you bought it.

    As for having to get your chest waxed to ensure a good contact, and then hocking a loogie on yourself to ensure consistent readings - it all seems a bit much
    I've never needed any more than tap water. I use Polar so that might be the difference. Some other brands I've tried seem to have weak transmitters.
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    spit or astro-glide

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    spit or KY jelly.
    whichever is handier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t-moore
    What's everyone using to wet the strap of their receiver. I wet mine generously with tap water, only to find out that it has stopped receiving somewhere along my ride. Other times it does just fine. Does electrolyte gel or anyother substance significantly improve the contact...
    Anythig wiil not be helpful if you put it on receiver. Anithing will be helpful ifyou put it on transmitter. Myself I prefer sweat.

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