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MIO introduces no-chest strap HR monitor for cyclists

Published December 2, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mio Global has launched Mio Velo, a wristband for cyclists that offers heart rate monitoring without a chest strap. It also links with ANT+ wireless speed and cadence sensors to smart phones via Bluetooth Smart (AKA Bluetooth 4.0).


The Mio Velo allows workout data to be tracked on a phone via the Mio GO app or other third-party cycling apps.

"Mio Velo is a great option for cyclists who want to monitor heart rate and cycling data, but aren't willing to invest in a pricey bike computer," said Duane Franks, Mio brand champion and head coach at Trifiniti Endurance Performance Coaching in San Francisco. "You can track everything in your favorite app. And the best part is there's no uncomfortable chest strap!"

The strap has configurable heart rate zones and a six-color LED to indicate current heart rate zone. The soft, durable silicone strap is water resistant up to 30 meters. Mio Velo will retail for $129.

To measure heart rate, Velo features Mio Continuous Technology, the same optical heart rate sensor technology in Mio's award-winning Alpha, Link and Fuse devices. An optical sensor monitors the volume of blood under the skin and algorithms are applied to the pulse signal so that the heart's true rhythm can be detected.

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