As long as your bike fit is correct and your helmet or sunglasses aren't causing you to hold your head funny, the best thing I've heard and tried is exercises. I've been doing shoulder shrugs for a while now, but recently changed to more reps with a lighter weight (5 pounds, 20 or 30 reps). This builds endurance instead of strength or bulk and lets me keep my shoulders (and neck) in position and handle my Camelbak.
The other things I've read in dealing with the problem myself lately are making sure your back is strong, and that your hips and lower back are flexible enough to get into a good position that doesn't put too much pressure on your upper body. That can lead to awkward positions that stress your neck even more than a normal position does.
The reason I mention shoulder and trapezius stuff is I've been reading neck pain is often radiating from there, and that really seems to be the case for me. If I can keep my shoulders relaxed and strong, my neck does worlds better...
I have to say that moving a kleet is important. I have one kleet that I have had to move around quite a bit. I almost have it in the right spot. There are so many aspects to a bike that needs to be accounted for. I hope your post purchase fit worked out well for you. It sounds like you are at least getting out there and doing what you need to do.
Here Here to fit. I just went today to my post purchase fit session that was included with the bike. I've been riding for about a month now. While nothing was seriously bothering me, we lowered the saddle, rotated the bars forward a tad, adjusted the brake handles to fit my reach better, and moved my cleats back slightly. The best part about the whole session was the encouragement and enthusiasm of the shop staff. Even though a local hill kicked my butt this morning (there was some hiking involved...my car was up top where I work). I can't wait to try to do it better next time.I am convinced it will get easier, at least that's the party line around here.
All: Bike fitting is very important! I have changed my saddle by a few mm or less and noticed that I could ride longer. Or maybe slid the saddle forward or back. A stem adjustment might even help out. It is very important to have thigns just right for you. I bought a bike in CO when I was on vacation so that I could have something that was cheap. It turns out that the bike was just too big for me. I learned how important a bike fit and a properly tuned bike is when I made a short 30 mile or so ride to watch a friend compete in a race. Thankfully afterwards he took me home in his car. As it turns out the bike was too long and the stem was extra long so that caused problems. I had the saddle way too low. The tires were underinlfated (35psi but could be pumped to 120psi). The rear deralilleur was made for a mountain bike and the front was a triple on a double chain ring. I must say that I was a mess when I got to the race. I was about another five miles away from not riding any more. My buddy thankfully took a look and helped me fix it later. Also the masseuses at the ride were in need of some practice to they gave me massages even though I wasn't actually in the race. Ok I have gone a little off topic with my parable but the point is that a properly fit bike is very important!
I tend to ride on the road and started to increase the distance slowly. As for relaxing, after 10 years and getting back to sharp turns etc. I guess it will take time to relax about that. But you are correct and I need to get some fitting done. I was also thinking I need a new bike. I just need a bike for city traveling and no need for mountain bike.
I have had the same problem and have a few suggestions, Do you notice that your arms and shoulders are tense, and maybe your shoulders are hunched? Relax. Second, try to shift your hand positions periodically to vary the pressures on your arms. Finally, have the fit checked (probably a good idea in general after ten years away). Your handlebars may be too low.
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The bike fit you had 10 years ago probably needs to be changed. As you age (and probably due to lack of biking) your body has need for more stretching and probably a more upright ride, at least to start.
Do you have to strain your neck to look down the road? If so, raising your handlebars might help. Another thing to check for is how relaxed you are when riding. Tightening up might be impacting your neck as well. Are you biking in the mountains or on the road?
I recently starting to ride my bike after 10+ years. The 1st. day I was so happy to be back riding again. The only problem I have is neck pains during the ride. I'm not sure what to do since I enjoy this sport and wanted to post on this forum and get some feedback. The bike is a mountain bike, that I think fits ok for me and I don't ride more then 30 minutes.
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