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Old 02-26-14, 10:06 AM
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Unhappy neck pain

my frame is a 53 cm center to top. Bianchi Pista Chrome.

i suffer of neck pain after 10 miles.
it become very painful so going.
during the ride when in pain i try to don't look so much far and i look a few meters front of me.
when in pain and moving down my neck i feel it stretched with pain from the low-back of my neck
what is the cause??

i'm 180cm height, i have been riding for 20 miles a day for about 2 month.
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Old 02-26-14, 10:39 AM
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I also suffered from neck pain when I first began to ride. Eventually, with more distance, that pain went away. During winter, when unable to ride many miles due to snow or ice on roads, I now do exercises to strengthen neck muscles and also calve muscles which tend to cramp up early season. I also bought weights to strengthen thigh muscles by doing squats which will held to produce higher speeds and better climbing.
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Old 02-26-14, 07:47 PM
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is my bike to small for my body ??
is a 53 cm and i'm 180cm height
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Old 02-26-14, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Baitong View Post
is my bike to small for my body ??
is a 53 cm and i'm 180cm height
It is likely smaller than ideal but not out of range. Sore neck implies to me that your position is too low in front for your current state of fitness. You might try a stem with more rise or more spacers under the stem if your steerer tube is long enough. Best of luck getting comfortable. It can be done fairly routinely but it might cost you the price of a new stem or perhaps other components.
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Old 02-26-14, 10:48 PM
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i have tried flipping my stem, i feel more comfortable, almost no neck pain.
but my handling change drastically, i feel with more control with the stem flipped down.

what's the pro/con of a flipped stem ??
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Old 02-26-14, 10:53 PM
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i have tried flipping my stem, i feel more comfortable, almost no neck pain.
but my handling change drastically, i feel with more control with the stem flipped down.

what's the pro/con of a flipped stem ??
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Old 03-01-14, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Baitong View Post
i have tried flipping my stem, i feel more comfortable, almost no neck pain.
but my handling change drastically, i feel with more control with the stem flipped down.

what's the pro/con of a flipped stem ??
You have shortened the length of the stem by flipping it up. It should make the bike handle a little bit faster to your input (more responsive.) I am surprised you can really notice a diference because it is so incredibly minimal. I am thinking that it has maybe more to do with now putting less weight on your arms/shoulders that possibly makes everything feel so different. But, that is exactly what you need to alleviate your pain. I would try the new geometry for a week or so to give yourself time to get used to the new feel and handling.
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Old 03-04-14, 04:58 PM
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When I got my new bike I found that after about 25miles my neck hurt. I went through 2 fittings which ultimately added a stem that was more angled and that made it better but on long rides my neck is still sore sometimes (I do have neck issues which are unrelated to cycling). While my old bike is as tall and the dimensions are remarkably similar there is something in the geometry that made it more uncomfortable. In my case I believe it was due to going from tube shifters to the newer intergrated brake/shifters which had me spending more time with my hands on the hoods than I ever used to and therefore had me bending my neck more than before for longer periods of time This was not the case for me as it had more to do with a neck that simply isn't flexible enough. If I concentrate on not doing that I find I have much less issues but if I am doing a lot of climbing/harder riding I tend to forget...especially if I get tired
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Old 03-14-14, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris Pringle View Post
You have shortened the length of the stem by flipping it up.
Not exactly right. Bars are the same distance from the steerer axis, in either positive or negative rise configuration. Flipping it up will reduce overall reach, measuring from the seat, but only because the bars have moved up the steerer axis. Flipping a stem up is exactly the same as raising an old quill stem. Its length is the same, but bars move up and closer in relation to the seat.
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Old 03-14-14, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by emveezee View Post
Not exactly right. Bars are the same distance from the steerer axis, in either positive or negative rise configuration. Flipping it up will reduce overall reach, measuring from the seat, but only because the bars have moved up the steerer axis. Flipping a stem up is exactly the same as raising an old quill stem. Its length is the same, but bars move up and closer in relation to the seat.
Correct... "Reach" is decreased by flipping up the stem. I didn't mean to imply that if one flips the stem, it is somehow magically shrunk effectively reducing its length.
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MY wife now has neck issues, so is using that as a rationale for getting a new bike that puts her in a more upright position. This will involve adding a taller stem as well.
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Old 03-14-14, 02:01 PM
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If you don't race-just get upright bars.
The aero position-neck craned up to see where you are going-causes neck pain in LOTS of folks.
It isn't a "bad fitting bike" it is simply because you have to crane your head up to see where you are going-for hours at a time
It is why MOST folks get out of the drops whenever they can
Even pros-get out of drops as soon as the race is over-
Yeah that position-sucks-even for pros.
Look at folks who actually transportation ride-China India etc-not ONE drop bar-
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Old 03-14-14, 03:18 PM
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Road/Track RACING bike posture is what it is.. Pista is a Track Race.

You may need you strengthening the muscles in your neck with some exercises ,

though others say one adaptation is to look ahead with your eyes an minimize lifting your head.

perhaps the bike you thought would be nice to own is not actually the one you really need .

It happens ..
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Old 03-19-14, 09:19 PM
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I have sometimes wondered about making a "periscope" that would allow one to see forward while keeping the face pointed down and the neck unflexed.
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Old 03-21-14, 02:30 PM
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Go visit your Chiropractor? And then stretch more often..??

I say this because currently I can find a neck\head position that will make my finger tips go numb and it is directly related to my neck and shoulders.
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