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New cyclist riding position

Old 04-10-10, 09:40 PM
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New cyclist riding position

I got a cannondale hybrid a year ago as a commuter around town. Since then, I've fallen in love with riding and decided to get a road bike. After browsing many forums and asking around, I ended up buying a new CAAD 9-5. I took it for my first ride today and I freakin' loved it.

My question is, after about an hour, my neck started to hurt and if I straighten my head so it didn't hurt, I couldn't see but 3 or 4 feet in front of me. Is this a fitting issue or something that I will just get used to? Sorry for such a Fred question, but we all start somewhere, right? I plan on getting fitted at my lbs, but I wanted to get some miles in and get some experience riding before I head down. Plus, I dropped a good bit a change on a new bike, pedals, shoes, etc etc, so I would like to wait a month or two before I splurge on any more bike costs.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks all!
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Ride more. You'll probably get used to the new position and the pain will go away. If it doesn't, get a fitting.
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you will get used to it. usually reach contributes to neck pain and if you are just starting out on a road bike you might not be that flexible yet.
for now just make sure you can reach the hoods comfortably with some bend in your elbows.
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The first time I rode my bike my shoulders/neck were sore. You develop some muscles that will help... Your stem could be too long though, but maybe not. Having good core muscles and flexibility helps.
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