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 hope you're doing well!
Edited by: SPIRALWRITER at: 8/12/2007 (02:30)
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