Wondering if there are recommendations of HR monitors that can actually also connect to the TrainerRoad app on my laptop.
The new Garmin and Wahoo straps are all good. These both offer BLE and ANT+ connection options, which are good for a range of devices.
I’ll have to try the Garmin strap again then and see if it works.
I have a garmin strap and have connected it to my MacBook via both BLE and ANT+.
If it’s an older Garmin strap, odds are that it is ANT+ communication only. It may indicate that on the back of the strap. If so, you would need to get a USB ANT+ stick to use it, since your laptop will likely only offer BLE connection by default.
My CooSpo HRM connects fine by the Ant+ with Dongle. The HRM is bluetooth too and my lap top also picked that up when I searched IIRC
New Wahoo Tickr is around $40USD. It broadcasts in Ant+ and two Bluetooth connections.