Wrist vs chest strap heart rate monitor: which is better for you?

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While power meters have become the gold standard when it comes to measuring effort on the bike, the best heart rate monitors can still be a valuable tool to have in your arsenal. It can show you how your body is doing, and how it bounces back from the effort on a climb, or that little extra push needed to hold a wheel. 

While the classic chest strap still remains a popular choice, optical heart rate monitors have started to gain prominence, both wrist-based on the underside of smartwatches and fitness trackers, and forearm-based as stand-alone units too. 

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