Friends, I am in the market for a new road bike and would appreciate suggestions for a bike for a guy with some neck issues. I am 50 years old in excellent shape (5'6 and 165lbs) - downhill ski in the winter and lift weights 3-4 days per week year round. I have been possessed by the bike bug off and on since I was a kid. Rode a lot in college and then floated in and out of it. My wife got me my last bike about five years ago - a Raleigh hybrid type that inspired me little. Now that the roads in the rural area where I live have been resurfaced, I see a lot of guys having a great time on their bikes and it lit the flame again. I have done a great deal of reading and spent some time at my LBS (I am learning the lingo too). Yesterday, I bought my wife a very nice Cannondale flat bar bike that is a lot of bike for $550. I tried a CAAD in 54 and Synapse in 53 which fit better but seemed to this uninitiated rider a bit flat. I liked the reponse of the aluminum but have read that the carbon is an easier ride in the long run. But what troubled me was an aggravation of some neck pain that I often get - mostly after over doing it at the gym (especially shrugs) or when I am sitting with bad posture. Never had it diagosed, but I suspect it is some arthritis with pain from inflammation due to overexertion or ergonomics. I chalk up this most recent bout to the hyperextention of the head (looking up) while it the crouched riding position. Neck definitely did not like even 15 minutes of that. I am hesitant to buy a bike only to find that I can not ride becasue of this issue. I have considered a flat bar bike, but honestly, it is not the experience I am looking for. I have read that Giant and Specialized have models with a more upright geometry. My "local" dealer (52 miles away) will sell me an OCR C2 for $1745. I am going to give it a test ride and see if it works better than the Cannondale. Any other suggestions regatding bikes or riding technique would be greatly appreciated. I would like to get back on the road, but not at the cost of this considerable discomfort. Much obliged.