Pain in the neck!

by Dunluce   July 22, 2013  

I have just started doing a few longer sportive type rides and I have found the physical cycling okay, what I find harder to deal with is the pain I get in my neck. A couple of times I have resorted to taking a couple of painkillers to ease it. Does anyone else have this problem and Is there any way around this or is it just something you have to learn to deal with.

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Have you had your bike properly set up ? Worth doing if you are planning on longer rides.
Pilates is good for your core strength and will help support your body when on long rides

posted by arfa [445 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 15:58

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posted by Ashleyhoaken [37 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 16:24

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I've been looking at bike fits but they are generally quite expensive. One question though, do you know if you get a set of figures from these which you van use to set up any new bike or is it a case of new bike, new bike fit?

posted by Dunluce [59 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 20:00

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think it's quite a common problem due to the upper back, neck and head not following a natural curve - your back and neck curves but then we tend to lift our heads (to see the road!) and it creates an awkward angle, causing pain over time. Some stretching & strengthening exercises work really well. Could be the prob.

posted by MacD [4 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 9:52

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Search the internet and you'll find a lot of rough and ready methods of fitting a bike yourself (although, having another person will make the process much easier). My experience is that a proper bike-fit is well worth the money. I had a knee problem and the bike fit sorted it. I now look forward to riding pain-free and being able to walk and climb stairs the day after.

I know that they can be expensive but it is really worth it.

posted by harragan [21 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 11:15

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yes, you should always get a print out with all the necessary measurements.

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 14:15

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Competitive Cyclist provide a useful online fitting tool:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO

No substitute for a proper bike fit though.

posted by drmatthewhardy [297 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 18:38

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I only clicked on this topic as I thought it might be about enrique....

I have nothing helpful to add, sorry Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8694 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 18:47

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Do it. I was also reluctant to get a bike fit, thinking £100 quid to move my handlebars and saddle about a bit was a lot of money, but it's honestly the best bike-related purchase I've made and made a much more noticeable difference to my riding than the last set of wheels I bought!

I also used to get back pain, but since the bikefit back in february, no more! As the bike fitter also tested my flexibility (a test I must surely have failed) I was also given a range of stretches etc to help. Pilates was also suggested.

If you're london based, I went to Cadence in Crystal Palace who were great.

And yes, you get all your bike measurements etc for future reference on a printout.

posted by chris75018 [94 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 21:29

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Hmm, it looks like the bike fit could be a viable option, especially since you can use the measurements to set up any subsequent bike

posted by Dunluce [59 posts]
24th July 2013 - 9:38

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I did get this when I started riding longer distances but it went away over time as I got used to the distances and tweaked my position on the bike.

Do you have a peak/visor on your helmet? If so, take it off as you have to lift your head higher to see the road in front and this can cause the neck pain. If you don't, it's likely bike-fit related as others have said above.

posted by Sadly Biggins [263 posts]
24th July 2013 - 10:33

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