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    hi all, finally i completed my bike upgrade, now i m a happier cyclist , i have this little question, about headwind, it really hurts my neck . does snyone experience this?

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    All the time.., not the neck pain, though.

    Center of town is upwind from my Apt, in fair weather.

    A peninsula, go around .. head wind at near sea-level,
    or hard climb over the hill, is the choice.

    neck pain is your posture on the bike, I guess..

    may be how it fits needs work, yes, another guess..
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    All the time.., not the neck pain, though.

    Center of town is upwind from my Apt, in fair weather.

    A peninsula, go around .. head wind at near sea-level,
    or hard climb over the hill, is the choice.

    neck pain is your posture on the bike, I guess..

    may be how it fits needs work, yes, another guess..
    maybe you are quite right about the posture, i ve been noticing myself that when i m going uphill i tend to stiffen my shoulers, now i m trying to stay more relaxed and use a lower gear (lighter)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabrucru View Post
    maybe you are quite right about the posture, i ve been noticing myself that when i m going uphill i tend to stiffen my shoulers, now i m trying to stay more relaxed and use a lower gear (lighter)
    I was in the middle of replying to the post above yours and guessing that it could be due to riding tense, either having the bars in a death grip due to control worries or trying to ride in too high a gear for a comfortable cadence, and then I read this. I think that might be your problem.

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    Headwinds are like riding hills horizontally. This, is an added workout on any bike, much moreso if you are on a bike you may not be totally conditioned to.

    First, are you conditioned to this bike? If not, you will already have a challenging ride. Get used to that bike first. Then the headwinds wont matter so much.

    If you are already conditoned to the bike then you will do much better with judging where those pains are coming from

    Personally, I find headwinds to be a pain in the butt first and a pain in the neck second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Headwinds are like riding hills horizontally. This, is an added workout on any bike, much moreso if you are on a bike you may not be totally conditioned to.

    First, are you conditioned to this bike? If not, you will already have a challenging ride. Get used to that bike first. Then the headwinds wont matter so much.

    If you are already conditoned to the bike then you will do much better with judging where those pains are coming from

    Personally, I find headwinds to be a pain in the butt first and a pain in the neck second.
    Headwinds can be worse than hills. You'll eventually reach the top of a hill and hopefully be able to descend. A headwind can go on for miles. On a hill, you can alternate between sitting and standing. In a headwind -- standing is not a good choice. Headwinds take as much prctice as climbing -- its best to stay as low as possible, in the drops and keep you elbows tucked in. Obviously on a TT or Tri bike, you're already pretty low. Keep a steady pace, and don't fight the wind. If you are having neck pains, or whatever, it may be because you are in a lower position -- one you are not accustomed to.

    In Texas, the wind is aways blowing -- the only think that changes is the direction and how hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikepro View Post
    A headwind can go on for miles.
    You don't ride mountain roads much do you?

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