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Old 05-05-08, 11:35 PM
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will a longer stem fix neck pain?

I'm riding a hybrid bike and I'm getting a lot of back neck pain, I thought if I was more stretched out that might not happen, but now that I think about it, a higher position will probably help that. Anyway, I am adding trekking bars and am wondering if a longer stem will help stretch me out further? I guess on my last couple rides, I have started to notice that maybe my bike is too small for me, maybe a longer stem plus the trekking bar could fix that, or so I hope.... Anyone have any recommendations for a semi-long stem that I can adjust the angle on?

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Old 05-06-08, 10:27 AM
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If you are getting neck pain I would have thought that you need a shorter stem
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Old 05-06-08, 12:48 PM
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Hard to say without seeing you on the bike. Can you post a pic?
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I've told several people to remove the visor from their helmets, and they've all noticed an improvement. Do you ride with a visor?
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Old 05-06-08, 01:24 PM
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no visor, I'll try to get a pic, but I only start feeling it after I've been riding for a little while, was pretty bad after my last ride, felt like a pinched nerve....
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Old 05-06-08, 01:51 PM
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Not sure how much you can tell from this picture, had to rush to the bike from the 10 second timer and lean the bike against a couch, and i will be changing the handlebar, but when I'm riding the bike feels too small... I guess I wanna be stretched out more
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Old 05-07-08, 07:16 AM
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If someone takes the long stem and uses it to massage your neck it might relieve the neck pain.

Is your seat too high?
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Originally Posted by gear View Post
Is your seat too high?

That was my thought too. The long loose pants may be causing an illusion, but that back leg looks awfully straight considering the crank and ankle positions.
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no visor, I'll try to get a pic, but I only start feeling it after I've been riding for a little while, was pretty bad after my last ride, felt like a pinched nerve....
I had that for a while. It turned out to be...a pinched nerve.

Seriously, neck pain is usually caused by being bent over too far and having to crane your neck back in order to see (per the comment about visors). That doesn't look to be the case for your set-up.
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It sure doesn't look like you're bent over or stretched out too much in that picture. You're fairly upright. So, the handlebar is probably not your problem. Maybe you're just riding too tensed up and eventually you start feeling it in your neck.
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Old 05-07-08, 04:13 PM
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interesting. Maybe i am tense, i'll check out seat height too thanks.. I dont know though... I do look upright there but after riding for a while i know i get lower... The fact that i have a flat bar and im leaning over means my arms/elbows are pressing back. Thats why i think i need a longer stem. I am adding a trekking bar but its my theory that if my arms were outstretched my elbows wouldnt be pressing back when leaning over and i wouldnt get anymore neck pain, what do you think?

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Old 05-07-08, 07:40 PM
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Assuming that your back is well and in good alignment sitting
up right always helps.

Not everybody can lean over to ride. Even the young.
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Old 05-07-08, 08:33 PM
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Try strengthening your shoulders muscles by doing a few push-ups on the edge of a table every day. This will put a bit more balance into upper body/lower body strength.
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