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Neck pain

Old 05-24-16, 10:55 AM
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Neck pain

Hi,

Sunday I did a ride with improper bike fit. I had a leg angle (Holmes method) of 125 degrees. I added 2 cm height to the seatpost resulting in an angle of 145 degrees which is desirable.
The new fitting improved my speed and power output (using strava... I did a route I used multiple times with consistent result every time) but now I have a neck pain hard to handle (and shoulder numbness).
I probably have a more aerodynamic position causing my neck to be always compressed. I wonder if I have to live with it. After 50km it's very uncomfortable and I would like to do longer ride than 70km which is my longest ride so far. What can be done for that?

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Old 05-24-16, 11:03 AM
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Trial and error is the only way. Keep trying until you get it right.
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^^^Trial and error is the only way. If you live with it and repeatedly compress your cervical vertebra, you can develop long term consequences.
Fit is pretty nuanced. A little change can make a big difference. Posture...not just amount of handlebar drop is a big deal. Poor posture puts your neck at much higher risk of injury for a given handlebar height.
My suggestion is...own or borrow a couple of stems of different lengths and rises and experiment.
Good luck
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Thought on adjustable stem? Should I grab a longer stem with a greater angle?
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2cm is a pretty big swing at it too.. maybe go back 1cm and see how that is. I had a friend use a goniometer (angle measuring thing) to fit my seat height and even though i was at a good knee angle it turned out to be too high for me so i backed it off and it was a good balance. more power isn't better if you can't sustain it and be comfortable.
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I agree on trial and error. It took me literally years to dial in my fit to perfection.
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Try a shorter stem.
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I recently started swimming with a master's group. My neck and shoulder pain has gone away. I assume from strengthening the neck and shoulder
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Originally Posted by mooder View Post
Thought on adjustable stem? Should I grab a longer stem with a greater angle?
Post a pic of your bike. Better yet if someone else takes the pic while you are riding.

The best thing is to borrow some different length stems. Every cyclist who has been riding for a while has some old stems. If that's not possible find some inexpensive stems on the Internet.

It may be counterintuitive what you need. You may think you need one 1 cm shorter but then you find out through trial and error that you needed one 2 cm longer.

This is a critical matter. It warrants time and attention.
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