A might bewildered...
Join Date: Oct 2011
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
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Zen is the answer. What the question is, no one knows.
I went through the neck and shoulder pain thing two years ago. I finally gave up and bought a recumbent. Stay with me now.
In spite of their reputation as being lawn chairs on wheels, bents are actually very quirky. There is a huge tendency to oversteer them.
The only way to get comfortable with a bent is to repeat the mantra, "Less is More" until you actually believe it. The faster you go, the more relaxed you must be. When I'm pushing 40 on a bent, my whole upper body must be completely relaxed to prevent over steering and all sorts of bad things.
For whatever reason I've been riding my LeMond again and, as I've become attuned to muscle tension, immediately noticed the shoulder and neck muscles tensing up like crazy. It occurred to me that maybe my prior neck and arm problems were primarily the result of tension.
I rode my LeMond earlier this week at a decent clip for an hour, constantly repeating the mantra and concentrating on relaxing the upper body. I felt great at the end of the ride.
Whether any of this makes sense or helps you, I don't know, but it seems to make a huge difference for me.
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