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    Pain in the neck

    I've been noticing that I am getting a cramp right between my shoulder blades a few inches below the base of my neck. I've been riding with a camelback and am just getting back into riding. Is this just weak muscle or do I maybe have some adjustments that need to be made?

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    Could be you are scrunching your shoulders, handlebar to far forward, controls down to far, compensating for Camelback.

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    My bro-in-law had the same problem. He said when he corrected his posture it went away. We also adjusted his components to make it more of an upright position.
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    I had the same problem when I first started to ride a few years back. I found out I was locking my elbows and "shrugging" my shoulders when I got fatigued. That was causing it, so I just concentrate on my form and posture these days and have no problems.

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    I will take a look at my form. Thanks a lot for the things to look at. I'm thinking that my handlebars would be nice to be about an inch closer to me and raised up a hair. So a new stem may be in my future. I'm gonna hold off on purchases for awhile until I take a hard look at my posture like you guys said. The other thing is maybe I just need to build up some extra strenth.

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    The latest issue of mountain bike action has an article about pains due to bikes not fitted properly... didnt say anything about the neck... but worth looking at... well at leadt i think it's worth looking at...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpercussive
    The latest issue of mountain bike action has an article about pains due to bikes not fitted properly... didnt say anything about the neck... but worth looking at... well at leadt i think it's worth looking at...
    I am in the process of trying to get rid of after ride headaches. One thing I am looking at is my riding position. Concentrated on it today and noticed that I ride with my shoulders in a constant shrug. May be the cause. Going to raise my handle bars and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenut316
    I am in the process of trying to get rid of after ride headaches. One thing I am looking at is my riding position. Concentrated on it today and noticed that I ride with my shoulders in a constant shrug. May be the cause. Going to raise my handle bars and see what happens.
    could it be a wrongfully fitted helmet? Check the ones at the back of your head to see if thats too tight... if your eyes start to pop out from tightening it, then it's too tight...

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