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Road Bike Pain(4 posts)

Road Bike PainM4 Lou
Feb 19, 2002 6:19 PM
I consistently get lower back pain while riding (and consitently try to ignore it). It starts about an hour in and doesn't go away. Has anyone else had this problemand what were their solutions? Thanks
re: Road Bike PainLLSmith
Feb 20, 2002 5:59 AM
There are several good good ways to strengthen your lower back. One would be to lay down like superman and raise your torso.Do as many reps as you can. Kind of like a reverse sit up.Another would be to raise your right arm and left leg together and hold for a five count. Alternate back and forth. Stretch good and long before riding.Change positions every few minutes.
Fix the bike now, then work on your bodycory
Feb 20, 2002 8:23 AM
That's a very common problem, and the usual butt-up, bars-down road bike position exacerbates it. Raising the bars is the quick fix--you used to be able to do it by adjusting the quill stem, but now you'll probably have to buy a new one. That will get you riding. Then you can work on stretches and whatnot as the other poster suggested. No real problem with leaving the bars up, though--I raised mine to the level of the saddle five years or so ago "temporarily," and I've never gone back. I'm not any slower anywhere, and I'm a lot more comfortable.
A couple of things...DINOSAUR
Feb 20, 2002 12:49 PM
For starters make sure that your bike fits you and is set up correctly. How is your reach? Check the rise of your stem. I found that my rise was too high for the geometry of my bike, I switched from a 125 90% rise to a 110 72% which flattens me out and puts me a little closer to the bars. Low back pain is usually associated with bad fit. Check you saddle height, is it too high? A couple of mm's can make a big difference. What is your body telling you when you are riding. Do you feel comfortable on your bike? What is your tubing? Al can cause a lot of jarring if you ride rough roads. A change to a ti railed saddle and a tire change can work wonders. What size tires are you using? Are you running a high psi? Try lowering it about 5psi for starters. I'm saying all this stuff as this is what I found helped me. See if you can locate someone who can check out your position on your bike. And if all else fails you might be sized wrong for your bike. Then you have to convince your wife that you need a new bike, this might be harder than dealing with low back pain. Remember also that road bike are basically racing machines. They wern't designed for comfort and you're going to feel a little aches and pains here and there, especially as you get older. Flexibity and weight control are big issues...