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Is this frame too big?

Old 07-29-20, 11:00 AM
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Is this frame too big?



I have been riding my hybrid bike for some longer rides and been experiencing neck pain. Being 181 cm tall I am riding a Merida Crossway 58 cm frame. Does the frame look too big from the picture attachment? Especially wondering if my arms are too straight being a potencial cause for the neck issue.

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Old 07-29-20, 01:17 PM
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This is just my opinion. I do not think that your frame size has anything to do with neck issues(s). My opinion is that it's your A) posture Your head looks like it might be craning forward a bit. Your back has a bit of hunch to it. Could very well be weak neck muscles, and they are being put to the test when being into the bike riding position/posture. I think hat you should try neck bridging (strengthening) at least three days a week to see if that helps. Also unrelated your seat may be able to go a bit higher.
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Which part of your neck? Due to your very straight arms I'd think you have a pain between your shoulder blades in your upper back and some pain or numbness in your wrist and hands. But since you don't mention that, you must not have an issue. Possibly you only do short rides of less than an hour?

Bike doesn't look too big at all. I'm 180 cm with 34.5" legs. I've ridden as big as 64 cm frames with 59 and 60 cm being the norm for the last 10 years. Currently though, my new bike and favorite ride is a 56cm. All road bikes and none giving issues I couldn't resolve trying different adjustments over many rides.

Hybrid bikes and flat bars throw me. I just don't understand them. Nor do I ride a trainer, I just can't motivate myself to want to go nowhere. <grin>
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This is just my opinion. I do not think that your frame size has anything to do with neck issues(s). My opinion is that it's your A) posture Your head looks like it might be craning forward a bit. Your back has a bit of hunch to it. Could very well be weak neck muscles, and they are being put to the test when being into the bike riding position/posture. I think hat you should try neck bridging (strengthening) at least three days a week to see if that helps. Also unrelated your seat may be able to go a bit higher.
Strenght exercises is definately something I should look into. Been having have seat slightly higher, but then there I get into a rather aggressive position. If I keep the bike I could try a stem with more rise.
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Old 07-29-20, 03:10 PM
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Which part of your neck? Due to your very straight arms I'd think you have a pain between your shoulder blades in your upper back and some pain or numbness in your wrist and hands. But since you don't mention that, you must not have an issue. Possibly you only do short rides of less than an hour?

Bike doesn't look too big at all. I'm 180 cm with 34.5" legs. I've ridden as big as 64 cm frames with 59 and 60 cm being the norm for the last 10 years. Currently though, my new bike and favorite ride is a 56cm. All road bikes and none giving issues I couldn't resolve trying different adjustments over many rides.

Hybrid bikes and flat bars throw me. I just don't understand them. Nor do I ride a trainer, I just can't motivate myself to want to go nowhere. <grin>
Have recently taken up cycling, and living in a rainy part of Scandinavia the season is short. I got a road bike, Cannondale Caad 9 -56 cm frame. Have done no more than 2 hours ride using the CAAD, but havent had any neck issues using that bike. Its used on my indoor trainer, so thats part of the reason I have done my outdoor riding on the hybrid. On the road bike indoors I watch TV, looking more down on the tv rather than straightforward. Indoor rides are usually no more than 60 minutes.Have done a few 3 hours rides on the Merida hybrid, and I am feeling the the neck pain from loooking forward on the road. Typically feeling the neck issu after 45-60 minutes of riding, and its not any discomfort atfter I get off the bike. Location: Low neck, where it meets the shouldblades/collarbone. I am about to look into body measurements and bike geometry to gain more knowledge about this field, but I am very happy get more immidiate respons from those of you with more knowledge and experience from cycling.
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Agree with headwind. Bike is, if anything, too small. If it were me, I'd flip the stem and move the spacers to on top. Someone should be able to put a straight edge on your back and have it touch all the way to the back of your head. Also: Riding Position Discovery
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Old 07-29-20, 08:06 PM
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Frame size is OK. Just need to consciously straighten your back. It will be 2nd nature later on.

In case your saddle is tilted nose down, tilt it up a bit and raise saddle by 1 cm if you tilt it up.
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Old 07-30-20, 07:12 AM
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Definitely not too small but maybe the wrong style of bike for what you are doing. Three hour rides on a flat bar bike are likely to cause discomfort.
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