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Lower back pain and road-riding(4 posts)

Lower back pain and road-ridingthevike
Jun 14, 2001 10:09 PM
Does anyone else have a problem with lower back pain when road riding? Better yet, does anyone have a clear solution? I spent the Winter doing Ab crunches using a masochistic Nautilus machine loaded with 120 lbs. of weight (100 reps @ time, 4 days a week), so the thought that crunches (or lack thereof) are the problem is probably not the answer. Also, I'm relatively flexible and I ride about 100 miles a week. The problem is simply one of pain after 6-7 miles. Any ideas are appreciated.
re: Lower back pain and road-ridingDINOSAUR
Jun 14, 2001 10:46 PM
I experienced a bout with lower back pain off and on for about a year and a half. The solution, FOR ME, I found was dialing in the correct saddle height and KOP. I found that I was more comfortable with a slightly layed back position and I am stretched out. A lot of it has to do with flexibility and losing a couple of pounds around the old middle(note- for me). I don't do any ab work, situps, or anything else during the season. During the winter I cross train with weights.
I'd have someone check your position, sometimes lowering your saddle about 2mm can do wonders for lower back pain.
Good luck
Jun 14, 2001 11:00 PM
When you were training your core strength by using the Nautilus machine for your abdominals, did you do anything to strengthen the muscles of your lower back? By only concentrating on your abdominal muscles without equally training the musclulature of the lower back you can create an imbalance. This is because the lower back is not stimulated by a cruntching type movement like you describe. You would have to be doing an equal amount of work on your lower back, like back-ups and the exercises of the like to strengthen the muscles there. If you weren't doing such exercises you could have an imbalance of the muscles, with the abdominals being strong and the lower back quite weak in comparison. This is a common imbalance seen in those who don't equally work both groups. This is most people at the gym, everyone wants the abs. No one cares about the back. This imbalance involves both strength and flexibility generally, and can quite easily cause discomfort on the bike. Just food for thought. Look at your training program, and the balance between your abdominal and lumbar muscles. This could be the problem.
re: Lower back pain and road-ridingnc
Jun 15, 2001 8:37 AM
The normal recommended pedaling style is the cause of all cycling related lower back pain, because of the strain it places in the lower
back area. If the lower back has any imperfection, the strain will
aggravate that imperfect area and cumulative lower back pain will
soon be felt. There is a cure, it is the completely different pedaling
technique that was used by J. Anquetil (1953-1969), it places all the strain in the hips, where it can be safely absorbed. High gears have
always been associated with lower back pain but they are simply
magnifying one of the main faults of the normal pedaling style. With
Anquetil's technique, the higher the gear one uses, the more beneficial it is, especially to an imperfect or damaged lower back.