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Neck Ache(3 posts)

Neck AcheEricL
Jun 18, 2001 9:36 AM
I have a question regarding bike set up.

I usually mountain bike, but I do own a road bike. When I ride on flat ground hte road bike works great. When I ride hills it's killing me - but strangely on the descent.

When going downhills that are steep and long, my neck begins to ache from trying to keep my head up looking forward. If I look down I'm comfortable, but then I can't see.

My saddle is the proper height and the top of the bar is a 2-3 inches below the seat (currently at the maximum height line). When I descend it's most comfortable for me to be on the drops - I feel more in control and can better reach the brakes. However I can only descend a short distance before my neck hurts so much that I have to stop and get off the bike.

Yesterday I lowered the seat as far as it would go which made it bearable, but impossible to pedal.

My question: If I ride more will I get used to this position? If not do you think it can be adjusted out, or the frame not going to work for me?

I'm 6'0" with a 34" in-seam riding a 56 cm frame.
goes with the territoryDog
Jun 18, 2001 10:05 AM
Yes, you will build it up if you ride regularly. But, even with all the miles I've done, today my neck hurts from riding 101 miles Saturday, with a lot of very long, fast descents. You sort get speed at the cost of pain.

Don't mess with the saddle height for your neck; that may cause other problems, like with knees, that could be much worse.

If it really is a problem, raise the handlebars instead, or just stay sitting upright on the long descents. You might try a riser stem.

re: Neck AcheBig Lug
Jun 18, 2001 3:58 PM
Personally I think you're riding too small a frame. I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam and I ride a 56 cm frame. My bars are approximately 1.5" lower than my seat. I still get the dreaded neck ache after long descents but it was much worse when I was on a smaller frame and a 3" differential between seat and bar height like yourself. If I were you I'd try to get my bars a little higher and see if that doesn't improve your position.

Good luck