Old 07-09-16, 09:39 AM
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I have been riding for many years (I'm 55). I had a bad bike crash in 1984 which left me with severe neck and head trauma (the woman who found me on the side of the road thought I had a broken neck, so did the EMTs). I didn't break my neck but it took quite some time to recover and I eventually needed C5-C6 fusion surgery in 1998 for a badly degenerated disc which was leaving me with numbness in arms, hands, legs, and feet. That left me with a titanium plate held by 4 screws in my neck. Arthritis in the neck now, but I manage. I think if you find a good and experienced fitter you can still ride a drop or bullhorn bar. It wouldn't be the most aero, but you could have it set up for you in a way that keeps stress off the neck and would limit how far back your head tilt was. Short periods on the drops would be OK, like a steep descent. Before I bought anything else, I'd talk to a good fitter and see what he/she has to say.
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