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Neck pain-shorter stem/move saddle?

  • 11-02-2023 8:16pm
    Registered Users Posts: 50 ✭✭

    Hoping for some help from some more experienced riders,

    Finding my neck is extremely sore/stiff on any decent spin. My gut feeling is that I'm having to reach too far?

    What's the optimal solution here (aside from getting a smaller bike!)?


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,619 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    what height are you, and do you know reach of your bike (from the stack and reach)?

  • Registered Users Posts: 50 ✭✭DrumcDub1

    I'm 6'3, reach is 38.5 and stack 64.6! Thanks for the help

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,491 ✭✭✭hesker

    Did the pain only start recently. Did you change anything in the bike setup like lowering the stem. Or new bike even.

    I lowered my stem a couple of years ago and suffered sore neck and hands on longer spins. But I did some core strengthening and after a while the pains went away.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,619 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    that seems eminently reasonable; kinda relaxed really.

    i compared it to the genesis equilibrium (mainly cos i own one, and know it's not racy geometry) and for your size, L, reach is 395 and stack is 598, so a tiny bit lower and longer than you currently have.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,539 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    There are too many variables here, how flexible are you in general, have you been cycling this bike long, how does it compare to your previous one, are your elbows bent or rigid when cycling, when did it start, have you changed jobs, any major lifestyle changes and so on. Even a picture of you on the bike in riding position would be helpful but to be honest, a physio or proper bike fit might be more beneficial if you have the cash

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  • Registered Users Posts: 465 ✭✭mvt

    I'm a similar height & had similar issues.

    I found reducing the length of the stem to be a big help but also that at a certain point your own geometry starts to work against you as you get older.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    I dropped my stem and had similar issues after any long rides. Reverting the stem to original position and working on my flexibility has eradicated the problems. Also, look at how much time you spend in the drops and tucked in aero position on spins as it all contributes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 660 ✭✭✭Whatwicklow

    I have one pair of sunglasses that If I wear I get neck pain, what ever way they fit my face I have to keep my chin slighty higher than normal to see under the top frame, this = pain, took me a long time to realise it and retire the glasses. I had tried stems etc all before looking at the glasses 🤓