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Back Pain after a short time(8 posts)

Back Pain after a short timeGeko
Nov 3, 2001 8:34 AM
About an hour into my ride I will get pain in my lower back. Would it have anything to do with seat adjustment? I think I might have moved my seat badly in the last week or so. Should I sit differently?
re: Back Pain after a short timeLargo
Nov 3, 2001 8:47 AM
Has this been an ongoing thing?
Try this simple excercise: Lying on your stomach on the floor, lift your legs, concentrating on using the lumbar muscles in the small of your back, at the same time lifting your torso.
Keeps the back strong, you should also combine this with sit ups etc to keep the whole trunk area well supported.
Good luck.
I have the same problemfiltersweep
Nov 3, 2001 9:08 AM
like clockwork, it occurs after one hour

I don't generally have back pain when I'm not cycling, but I doubt it helps that I sit at a desk all day for work. If I stand up and stretch for a minute or so during a little break from riding, I'm good to go again, but I'd rather not have the pain....
Nov 3, 2001 2:37 PM
Consider going to the Rivendell website and reading their ideas on fit. If your current positioning has considerable drop from saddle to handlebar tops, then you might want to give some of their fitting ideas a try.
re: Back Pain after a short timehitek52
Nov 3, 2001 3:20 PM
I have corrected my lower back pain when riding with a quick stretch that a friend showed me. About forty miles into an 80 mile ride, my back was killing me. The next month I was about to do a century and my lower back was hurting again from assembling my bike. A friend demonstrated a muscle stretch that has worked wonders for me. I did the century with no pain. As he described it, the lower back pain is usually caused by a tight hamstring muscle (at least in my case). If you can stretch this muscle each time you reach a rest stop, and also during the day when you are not riding, it might help your problem (it can't hurt anything).
Stand straight up and placing your weight on your left leg, put your right foot on the left side of your left foot. Keeping your legs straight, bend over...... this will pull on your hamstring muscle. Keep pressure on the muscle for about 10 seconds, then switch to the other leg. You can do this several times. It really made a difference for me, I hope it helps with your problem.
re: Back Pain after a short timeDINOSAUR
Nov 3, 2001 3:40 PM
All above is good advice. You might try two things also.

(1) Make sure that your saddle is level.
(2) Lower it about 1 to 2MM.

Lower back pain can be caused by a saddle height that is too high.

Also a ti railed saddle will create wonders on dampening out a ride if you have an al bike.

I'd try the seat height adjustment first.

re: Back Pain after a short timeLC
Nov 3, 2001 4:37 PM
I will also second the lower the saddle idea. Just a little will do wonders.
Raise dem barscory
Nov 4, 2001 9:08 PM
There are lots of potential reasons, most of them relating to flexibility. You can find plenty of exercises and stretches for the lower back and abdomen that will help eventually ( is one site). Meantime, though, you might try raising the bars until they're about level with the saddle (might take a new stem). Works for me, works for my riding buddies, works for everybody who'll try it, but hardly anybody will because it looks wrong...
You can read more about it at