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hip pain -- maybe saddle height related???(4 posts)

hip pain -- maybe saddle height related???ken vining
May 22, 2001 10:36 AM
Got a new saddle for Xmas. Late Feburary (got to love living in FL and riding all year), right hip and lower back started hurting. I am wondering if this might be related to the new saddle. Pedals are SpeedPlay. Anyone know if hip pain can be related to saddle position. The lower back pain is corrected by chriopractor as needed but the hip pain just isn't going away. Any ideas???
May 22, 2001 1:16 PM
Ever check for unequal leg length? Several years ago I was practicing the advice of gradually raising my saddle, a little at a time. Eventually I got it too high. My right leg was overextending, but my left leg wasn't. Caused lower back pain extending into the hip. Lowering the saddle has eliminated the problem. I now adjust the saddle height so I can drop my heel slightly below horizontal, with my leg fully extended at the the bottom of the stroke. My leg length difference isn't enough to bother with shimming the right cleat.

You might also check knee-over-pedal position. Different brands of saddles position the rails differently, and the various models within a given brand will even change your fore-aft positon. If you're riding with the saddle (and knee) too far back, you may be using too much torque and too little cadence, which causes additional muscle strain.

If the pain feels like joint pain, it's probably not saddle height related.
possibly....ken vining
May 23, 2001 11:00 AM
This sounds promising as my lower back problems were due to right leg about 3/16 inch shorter than the left. Started wearing a heel lift about 3 years ago and years of lower back pain disappeared. With both low back pain and hip pain coming so soon after a saddle change....well there seems to be a link. I think I will look into a shim for my speedplay cleats -- I think they sell them. On the other hand, maybe I am just getting too old for Jiu-Jitsu. That art really pounds the body sometimes!
my orthopedic surgeon says...4bykn
May 22, 2001 1:32 PM
that riding a bike is better for my hip (which was damaged in an accident) than walking is. I would have to agree with him, as I can ride with no discomfort, while I can only dream of walking the same. This may not be the case for all, just my case.
It would seem though, that if your saddle were too high it could bother your hip.