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Lower back pain(8 posts)

Lower back painHielo66
Apr 15, 2002 4:33 PM
This past weekend I rode my new Lemond bike(I bought it because I have heard that steel frames are more forgiving than Alu) and my back was in pain and stiff as a board. My knees felt good and no pain in my seat are. What can cause it ?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Apr 15, 2002 4:37 PM
What did you ride before?

Was this the first ride of the season for you?

Did you get fitted for this new bike?

Is the bike set up like your old bike?

Mo' info = mo' answers


Apr 15, 2002 4:45 PM
I rode a dual suspension mtb.
No, it wasn't but my first on the bike.
Yes, I got fitted for it.
No, since this is my first roadbike
Ah, there's the rubAhimsa
Apr 15, 2002 5:02 PM
"I rode a dual suspension mtb."

Wow. That is a big jump.

"No, since this is my first roadbike"

That would explain it.

Okay, here's what ya do. Stretch before riding (find a cycling specific book with stretches in it if ya want). Work on stretching your back and neck. Get warm and limber before you saddle up.

Do that and then ride for awhile and you will most likely become more comfortable as your body acclimates to the new position afforded by a road bike.

Take it easy and wait it out. It might take time to get used to.

You may also consider getting a higher rise stem or playing around with the spacers (assuming a threadless headset here). Could even be a saddle position problem.

If after a season or so you still have major trouble, then check your fit again with a different shop.


A. (Give it time.)
re: Lower back painLC
Apr 15, 2002 5:40 PM
For me, it is usually too big a jump in milage or saddle too high. I suspect that you do not have the saddle quite as high on the MTB, I know I have mine lower. It is going to take several rides to get used to the higher position. I would lower it half way between what you had on our MTB and what it is now. Eventually you want to work your way back to were it is now, so write down the measurement.
re: Lower back painChaz_cycles
Apr 15, 2002 10:58 PM
Make sure it fits you right and stretch before and during the ride stand up every now and again. If that doesnt help try using 25 tire instead of 23s and getting a carbon fiber seatpost and carbon fiber fork. This helped me greatly, I have a herniated disk and this was the only way I could keep riding. Good luck.
re: Lower back painHielo66
Apr 18, 2002 10:12 AM
What kind of seat post did you get ?
stretching, after is importantsalmonwheel
Apr 16, 2002 9:31 AM
I get pain in my very low back, the back to buttocks transition area. The nerve in that area is very sensitive to tight muscles. I've made stretching a part of my fitness routine and I seldom have problems now. The research I did on stretching indicates that stretching after workouts is very important. You're not just trying to stretch it out before you ride but increase your flexibility. I stretch after every longer ride, I commute so I also stretch whenI gethome in the evening the 8 mile commute is a good warmup to stretch. Also I worked on strengthening abdominal and back muscles to help me endure long rides.