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Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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My Syntace pads are 6 cm above my bars. Saddle is at 93 cm., tandem bar at 89 cm., single bike bar at 86 cm. Back and neck being tired is usually from rounding the back. Roll the pelvis forward so as to flatten the lower back. That removes the round from the upper back and reduces neck/spine angle. If you can't achieve this, more stretching. I can put my knuckles on the ground. I guess that makes me a knuckle-dragger. Also more training. I've been using Tommy D's new book Core Advantage
and like it.
But yeah, a double will make you tired, sure enough. Sounds like your setup must be pretty good. If you're riding doubles with this fit, probably no need to worry. Shermer's Neck can be prevented by doing dumbell presses, shrugs, and neck exercises. I also do a bit of back/core work in the gym: seated rows, lat pull-downs, back machine, pushups, squats, leg sled, straight leg deadlifts.
Chris Ragsdale used spacers to get his pads much higher than his bars for RAAM:
You can see his drop to the bar is aggressive. I ride with a very good LD guy whose pads are also spaced up like this. You might try this. Syntace makes a spacer for this purpose. Perhaps other manufacturers also do.