Bike Posture (and 'bicycle neck')

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I ride different BIKES depending on where I’m going and what I’m hauling, and my different bikes mandate different positions.

Exactly. I couldn’t take a family of four on a two-week road trip in my Enzo, but I could definitely do that in my Canyonero; different vehicles for different purposes and each requires different posture.


dmtroyer
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@dave $10 discount for bikepgh members, four years ago it was $75/65.


edmonds59
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I use many different positions.


steve k
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Is this where I post my saddle to bar drop to impress people?


steve k
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12.5 cm


John
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You know what they say about guys with a large saddle to bar drop. At least steve k does.


reddan
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You know what they say about guys with a large saddle to bar drop.

They’re good at bending over?


stefb
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I think that after the 200k a few weeks ago, my neck and shoulders were the most sore. I made a conscious effort to move my arms behind my back every 20-30 miles and change hand positions often, but I have a feeling that it is gonna be really painful after CtC, just because it is something I am not used to.

I got my bike fitted by Matt at UPMC. I got the fancy fit, and It was $175 I think. The saddle height adjustment was probably the most beneficial. It seemed to help with everything else.

I can’t imagine slamming the stem down. It looks so uncomfortable. If anything, I have had to stack spacers.


Chris Mayhew
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5.5cm but it looks proportional.

Neck and shoulder problems can also come from too stretched out a position. Even the right bar height with too long a stem causes you to roll your shoulders out to make up the extra length.

FWIW I send my clients to Todd at Pro Bikes.


edmonds59
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BTW Mick, if you are ever able to get that busker thing going, you should definitely call yourself “Bicycle Neck”.


myddrin
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@stefb : It’s talk like that that makes me hesitant to do anything longer than a century…

Although I will say that at my level, combination of a bike fitting and regular yoga classes (to build core strength as well as flexibility) did the trick.


stefb
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I also got the shortest stems ever made on my bikes. My light batteries are longer than my stems


willie p
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I rode the crush the commonwealth last year (two 17 hour/200 mi days, back to back) with the following set up.

Nitto Technomic stem that puts the handlebars 1-3cm ABOVE the saddle nose.

yes, this does increase the sit bone pressure (but relieves the neck pressure), however when combined with a Brooks-type saddle (they have generous sit bone accommodation).

i rode nearly the entire CTC in the “drops” position of the handlebars. I have a long, stem (120mm) due to the drop bars, but this set up (high stem/brooks) works well with mustache bars (but you need to use a very small length reach stem, 80-90mm).


brian j
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Willie, sounds like the classic Riv setup.


willie p
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yes, I’d be not fully honest if I did not mention I read that article about 6-7 years ago.

however, when I first set the bike up I went with a traditional height stem and rode it a few years that way.

after switching to the RIV set-up, I’ve enjoyed it more. this has been for about a year now.

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