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Back+Shoulder pains!(6 posts)

Back+Shoulder pains!YoungRcR
Mar 23, 2001 3:32 PM
On my last, i would say 10 rides, i have had bad pains in my lower back and upper shoulders near my neck, do i need to have my bike fitted? And suggestion as to what could alliviate some pain? Maybe move saddle up? Frame size is 62 with a 10cm stem. I want to keep a relatively aero racing postition.
i specialize in neck and back painjohn de
Mar 23, 2001 3:55 PM
im not a doctor or certified in anything but they dont certify such things anyway but, ive had the same experience on a bike or two. in my case its always because ive had to bend my head up so far to see because of a long reach...i got a shorter stem and shorter reach bars and now i never am in the slightest pain...if you get a shorter reach you MAYBE will end up losing a slight, slight aero advantage but id think all things being a factor (loss of pain, less exertion on the arms and neck) you'll probably go faster...when you are feeling super sporty you can always go to the drops...dont be a slave to the aero postion unless you are doing a time trial for big money..
re: Back+Shoulder pains!Read
Mar 24, 2001 11:45 AM
I agree with the last comment, I have just started back into cycling after a few years away and I have been experiencing exactly the same neck and back problems. If you can not adjust your stem up then turn your stem over 180 degrees this will bring your handle bar up with the same result as lengthing your stem. When you get a little more in shape you can rotate it back and get into a better aero postion.
Too short?Kerry Irons
Mar 24, 2001 5:36 PM
Actually, a 10 cm stem would typically be on the short side for a 62 cm frame. However, it may just be that you aren't used to the position or you're not dealing with the cold. Dealing with the cold? I find that I tend to not move around on the bike as much when the weather is cold, and typically can get shoulder pain in the spring or fall because of this. Try doing some on-bike stretches by twisting from side to side, scrunching your shoulders, etc. No one can ever be comfortable on a bike by assuming a single position and just holding it, so try the stretches and position changes while riding before you decide that it is bike set up. You have to analyze your position (too stretched, too cramped) since none of us can see you on the bike. It's not really possible to offer specific advice based on what you've told us. Raise the saddle? You didn't give us any dimensions or measurements.
re: Back+Shoulder pains!Aer Jer
Mar 25, 2001 1:27 PM
All of the advice here has to do with length of the stem. Last year I went from a 10 cm stem to a 12 cm stem and cut the front hub from view with the longer stem. I liked the more streched out position. However, something funny happened. All the pain that I had been having in my lower neck and upper shoulders was now residing under my shoulder blades. I didn't eliminate the pain rather I just shifted it elsewhere.
What about drop from the top of the saddle to the top of the handlebars? I read the Rivendell site and Grant Peterson espouses a theory that getting the handlebars up and higher is critical. In fact he almost puts the handlebars and saddle on the same level parrallel. In the same vein, I read someplace that Lance Armstrong rides with a 1" drop.
Right now I have a lot of pain after about 60 miles. I have a 8 cm drop from the top of the saddle to the top of the handlebars. I wondor if I shoul be paying more attention to height instead of reach. Any advice out there?
im never in pain no matter how long i stay in the same positionjohn de
Mar 27, 2001 3:11 PM
and my seat is a good 4 inches or more above my bars...ocassionally ill move on the seat but thats just because my shorts get bunched up or im fresh on the bike and my ass hasnt adjusted yet...dont settle for an uncomfortable postion, ive heard of 6inches high seat hight being comfortable, it depends...i have found that i go from annoyed to being as content as can be with the the total of 2 cm shorter reach...get a shorter reach bar maybe if you are concidering a shorter stem, i find them really comfortable...