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Old 02-20-11, 03:01 AM   #1
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Stiff Neck From Cycling

I've been spending more time on the bike during this past month and I've noticed that my neck is becoming extremely stiff. When I roll my head around, my neck starts cracking. Should I be concerned?

I've had shoulder/neck problems on one side of my body in the past, so I'm wondering if this is somehow related to that or if its simply from holding my head up for long hours while biking. Has anyone experienced this and found solutions to this problem?
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Old 02-20-11, 04:41 AM   #2
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First check out the bike fit. You may need to raise the stem or adjust your reach. I changed my stem and found that relieved neck pain.
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Old 02-20-11, 10:05 AM   #3
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The simple solution is to ride more. Almost everyone has experienced this and found this solution.
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The simple solution is to ride more. Almost everyone has experienced this and found this solution.
really? I would think it would be the cause of some type of upper body imbalance. It might just be my imagination, but I feel like the more I ride, the more of a conscious effort I have to make to have good posture when I'm off of the bike...
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really? I would think it would be the cause of some type of upper body imbalance. It might just be my imagination, but I feel like the more I ride, the more of a conscious effort I have to make to have good posture when I'm off of the bike...
Probably you should make more of an effort to have good posture on the bike, too. What you're describing is very common. People always think there's something wrong with them. Well, there is. They're out of shape. You might try other forms of exercise to go with the biking. Stair running, weight lifting, XC running, even ordinary calisthenics.

Imagine that you had to run deer down for a living. Used to be the norm. Not so much, now. Biking takes us back to that time. If you could run while holding a deer over your head you wouldn't have any problem with your neck while biking. And if you carried a lance while biking, you could feast on a wide variety of wild and domestic animals. All you really need is the bike, lance, knife and hatchet, and matches. Actually you don't need the matches. Flint and steel work really well, once you get the hang of it . . . A group ride is nothing more or less than a hunting party. It's a sacred activity.

Or maybe my ride today was just way too much fun.
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Do you wear glasses? I do and I think it contributes to my neck pain. Why? Not from the weight but from craning my neck up to see through the lenses. I'm getting fitted for contacts in two days. Maybe that will help. Just a thought.
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Do you wear glasses? I do and I think it contributes to my neck pain. Why? Not from the weight but from craning my neck up to see through the lenses. I'm getting fitted for contacts in two days. Maybe that will help. Just a thought.
Interesting...I do wear glasses occasionally but mostly contacts. It's very well possible that I have developed some bad habits from when I used to only wear contacts that are now coming out when I ride.

And Carbonfiberboy, that was almost convincing enough to get to me to invest in a solid, heavy duty lance, but no...I definitely get your point about not having total fitness. One thing I've noticed is that I'm starting to lose upper body strength now that I'm biking more and have gained a significant amount of leg strength.
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