Bicycle Mechanics - handle bars and neck problems
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05-20-03, 06:50 PM
I have a neck condition which I have to get corrected monthly at my chiropractor. Consequently, I find it much more combfortable and easier on my neck if I ride in an up-right position. I am looking for some handlebars / riser bars that are at least 12 inches deep (?) off the stem. They should be MTN bike style. I tried bmx already and was told they are dangerous because they dont fit the stem properly. I also prefer if the have as much space for mounting computer, grips as possible. I already have a long stem. Does any body have any suggestions where I could buy these kind of handle bars and who would manufacture them?
You need a good sports therapist, preferably a sports clinic (we're talking Docs here, until you work on the underlying problem, 'adjusting' the neck just sets it up to fall back out of alignment)
05-20-03, 08:36 PM
Sounds like a recumbent would be a great choice for you.
05-20-03, 09:29 PM
Time to ride the dark side and get 'bent. Riding upright isn't the best thing for your back.
05-21-03, 04:54 AM
Riding a std bike with very high bars makes it unstable. There is no weight on the front wheel, and the steering gets very light. I saw a guy once using a reversed stem to bring his bars closer. He simply could not ride in a straight line.
There are some city bikes designed to be ridden upright.
Try and find a recumbent dealer and take a test ride.
A recumbent would be the obvious choice. But if your short of cash right now, you could buy a Nitto Technomic that is 8 3/4 inches tall for about $38 at Rivendell Bicycle Works (but you may find it cheaper if you LBS can order it from their sources). They also sell a Nitto Dirt Drop, but there is no indication in their catalogue how tall that one is. You can call them at: (925)933-7304; I hope that helps. One thing, I know a guy who rides very upright and has no problem controlling the bike-you will have to get use to if of course.
05-22-03, 08:29 AM
Sorry to hear of your pain in the neck. If you change the bike very much away from it's design you'll just change the problem. (your butt and back will be next)
If you can't tolerate the bike's ride by simply "shortening" the stem. Then you need a different bike. Keep in mind, the width of the tire has more to do with a bike's ride than all other features combined. Perhaps a "cruiser" should be considered.
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