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post #16 of 18

Re: Road bike that is easy on the neck

I'm 53, with neck issues doing the same research.

I have found the Raleigh Cadent 3.0 to be a good a price-right alternative. My initial test ride was very favorable compaired with the other models mentioned. The Cadent 3.0 is selling at around $1100.

This Cadent line is what Raleigh calls the Re2P for Relaxed Ergonomic Efficient Postion. This is a more upright postion. I compared the Giant and the Cadent and they were a very similar frame geometry. The Giant had a longer, adjustable stem while the Raleigh was shorter and not as adjustable. This could easily be changed.

The big issue for me was value: The Cadent 3.0 has composite seat stays as well as seat posts and seems to be a better ride on New England roads than a totally aluminum frame. Also the FD is a Shimano 105 and RD is an Ultegra.

Seems to be a lot of bike for the price.

Best of all the dealer is rock solid.
post #17 of 18

Re: Road bike that is easy on the neck

I also have been getting quite a bit of shoulder and neck ache and am 52. I have raised the bars as high as I can on my Felt (drop bars -unable to buy flat bar in my size) and have added an adjustable stem. Have not had a good ride on it since, but the day I tested it, I was extremely achy and did not feel any worse afterwards!

I have just commissioned my friend to upgrade a 2007 Ladies Giant Upland for another alternative, with a view to aging! (I have had trouble getting bikes to fit as I am only 5') He was going to take most of the height out of the stem when he fitted an adjustable stem, but I have asked him to leave it for the moment as I really need to reduce the above problems. See the link below to check out what he has done. As soon as I hopped on, I said this feels like getting on a road bike! I can't wait until Saturday when he is able to fit my grips and new suspension seatpost! The main thing he is concerned with is keeping enought weight over the front end of the bike to maintain stability. He has taken particular care to replicate as far, as possible, the geometry of my road bike

I will have to persuade my son to take a photo of the finished product for the web site. Quite innovative. George is keeping the Giant rep posted. I believe this will revolutionise the world of cheap bikes for ordinary women who have not enjoyed riding what is served up to them!

Hope this gives food for thought! Take particular notice concerning the cassette even though it is only 7 speed most of the jumps are only 2 teeth except for the lower gears, which are not so annoying (they are 3)!
post #18 of 18

Re: Road bike that is easy on the neck

Consider getting a good bike fit. I love to ride but keep getting bitten by the injury bug. I was always too cheap to pay for a fitting session, but a friend of mine won one in a mid race prime and I bought it from him at a significant discount. What a difference! It has only been 2 - 25 mile rides so far but I'm more comfortable and I can get more of my power to the pedals. Doing 40 w/some hammer heads tomorrow. Can hardly wait.
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