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Sore neck and/or neck pain after a long bike ride

Old 06-18-14, 12:29 PM
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Sore neck and/or neck pain after a long bike ride

Hey everyone, looking to all of you for advice. I recently bought a (what I believe is a 52 or 53 cm) 2009 Bianchi Volpe CycloCross bike, I am 5'9" or 5'10" somewhere around there, when I ride long distances I get neck pain and shoulder pain, mostly neck pain by the end of the ride, Ibuprofen and using the rolling fitness stick usually cures/relieves the pain. My question is this: Is the bike to small for my height? I mean I love the bike and don't want to get rid of it, I feel as if the seat is way jacked up in the air-sort of, what can I do to relieve this pain, I've been riding a decent amount for the past yearish, do I need to get taller handlebars that prevent me from being hunched over so much? I've read that the more you ride, the pain/soreness should go away, but it hasn't, I just want to ride long and comfortable distances. I would appreciate any and all input, thank you.
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The usual cause of neck pain is a rounded back. Rolling the pelvis forward so you perch on the forward portion of your sit bones will allow you to straighten your back. This will reduce the angle between your back and neck and thus neck strain.
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For best responses, post pictures of yourself on the bike. Most useful photo is from the side, with camera-side foot/pedal at lowest position, hands on the hoods, head in the position it is usually in when riding. One with hands in the drops would be useful too.
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Here's another question I've been pondering over...If I did buy a bike that is too small for me with my height, can my bike be altered or adjusted to fit me properly, such as getting or installing an adjustable stem, making me sit more upright? Thoughts?

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If the seat is a lot higher than the bars, then your torso could be too low which could cause neck pain from craning your neck up. Also, if the seat is too far forward, then you could have too much weight on your hands, and the constant pushing against the bars will cause neck pain. If your seat set back is correct, you should be able, while on the drops, to take both hands off the bars without the sensation that you are falling forward.

Also, it could be your riding style. Your arms and neck should be completely relaxed when you ride, so relaxed that if someone pushes your arm, it should just come off the bars with no drama whatsoever. If your shoulders are scrunched and your arms stiff, then try to relax.
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Originally Posted by BigD75 View Post
My question is this: Is the bike to small for my height?
Nah. The longer you hold any static position, the more creep your ligaments experience because of it's viscoelacticity. That's what you experience - the pain. Stretch in the opposite direction and you'll be fine.
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I don't think that bike is available in a 52, so you likely have either a 51 or 53. The ETT for the 53 is 535mm (on the current model) which is probably a little short for someone over 5'9". I find a 535 ETT is a pretty good fit for me and I'm at least two inches shorter than you. But it's not grossly wrong, so a different stem may get you some relief. A too short stem will often cause the rider to arch the back in an effort to "crunch up" to fit the cockpit. Once you do that, now you have to crane your neck back to get your eyes up and that often leads to neck strain.

What length/rise stem are you running now?
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