GPS speed/distance info / Digital heart rate transmission / Eight heart rate zones / Wrist-watch style

“Why would you want a GPS device that couldn’t tell you where you were?” asked the Ed when the Bodylink showed up, and it is a fair point. But, we reckon Timex have packed enough features into this watch to sway the naysayers. So, who is this watch for? Well if you ever go jogging, rowing, skiing or snowboarding in addition to biking, chances are you’ll have an interest in how fast you’re going, how far you’ve been and how much effort you’ve needed to get there. If that sounds like you, read on.
Timex uses an external GPS sensor to relay speed and distance information to the wrist unit. We put the GPS sensor in a trail pack which worked fine. There was one small area on our test loop (by some powerlines) where coverage cut out each time — once through though, it sprung back to life automatically. One thing we liked about the Timex was that it allowed you to display information in a number of ways, so for instance, speed could be displayed as kph or as a pace (time per km), and heart rate could be displayed as a figure or as a percentage of maximum.
The lack of sensors on the bike is a real bonus if you participate in more than one sport. Despite its fairly serious raison d’etre, it’s a really fun gadget, and it was the quickest to set up of all the monitors, thanks to there being no parts to strap to the bike — another bonus if you ride more than one bike.