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    Default Neck Pain

    Hello all,
    I need some help and advise on the new condition that I am encountering.

    I have had my Unicorn 160 since 2015 December. During this time I used to commute not often but mostly on Saturdays to work (26 kms one way) and some occasional riding on weekends. After my job and location change, I now have to ride my bike everyday (12 kms one way) to my bus stop. This ride is through the city. Of late I have starting having neck pain and some dizziness which I think is due to the heavy backpack that I have to carry on my back. I am thinking to loosen the straps and carry it facing forward so that the weight of backpack is on tank than on my back.

    Am I thinking correct? Is my solution okay?
    If there is anything else that can be done, please advise.

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    Default Re: Neck Pain

    No - it isn't ok!
    You'll simply reverse the direction of the stress on all the interconnected muscles of the cervical section, neck, upper back and chest. It behaves as one system, and eventually manifests itself as a disc bulge/fuse/compression - basically Spondolysis.

    The only real solution is to:
    - carry a tank bag/saddle bag/panniers,
    - hit the gym and work on strengthening your musculoskeletal system
    - practice the correct riding ergonomics (loose wrists, bent elbows, dropped shoulders, straight back)

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    Buy some bungie cords and strap your pack to the rear seat. Not only will your back thank you, but you'll be better distributing the weight of the pack by securing it closer to the bike's center of gravity, which will improve handling.
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