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Back Surgery: Need help finding a new road bike(9 posts)

Back Surgery: Need help finding a new road bikepogmothoin1
Jul 8, 2002 6:21 PM
I recently had lower back surgery and would like to get back into riding. I am looking for a smooth ride that will minimize the jarring as much as possible. What suggestions do people have?... Carbon, Titanium, Steel, etc... Any suggestions on what make and model of bike I should explore?
re: ... recumbent???Akirasho
Jul 8, 2002 6:32 PM
... still the bastard of the red headed stepchild to many roadies... they make a viable alternative to uprights... especially vs. not riding at all...

Vision R42 and modified R50

Consider Softride!Justride
Jul 8, 2002 7:36 PM
When I first started riding some serious mileage I was injured in a work related accident and was sure I would have to give up cycling. After a short recovery period I purchased a Softride frame and built it up with my old components and started riding again. It is an excellent bike for taking the jarring load off of your back and pelvic area without any performance compromise. I am back on a steel double diamond frame for my main road ride but I still have the Softride set up as a triathlon/ time trial bike. You can check them out at:
Good luck with your recovery and hang tuff!
Ditto on the SoftrideMel Erickson
Jul 9, 2002 5:54 AM
Many probably know I ride one and am sold on their comfort without compromising performance. The reason I got one is to pamper my lower back (bulging L5 disc) and it has done the trick. Even without the bad back this bike makes a great road platform. They have several models, some more aimed at triathlons and some at more conventional road riding. They're worth a look see.
Also had lower back surgery and...viperbob
Jul 8, 2002 7:39 PM
I was able to stay with my Carbon Trek. For the first few months the hills were really tough, but after that I was fine. No issues with bumps, hills, downs, etc. I had my lower back blow out and the fragments press against my Syatic nerve. Not fun. 4 hours of surgery later, all was well. I only missed a couple of days of work (being hauled away in an ambulance to the Hospital on a Friday helped). Hope everything goes well....

From the back expertElefantino
Jul 9, 2002 5:11 AM
I had a Trek 5200 at the time of my first back incident, when I blew out the T-12/L-1 and had a laminectomy/herniotomy. After the surgery, I bought a Rock Shox road post, which although heavy and the object of much elitist questioning was a wonderful way to take the sting out of the road and of carbon's inherant stiffness.

I also had a Specialized S-Works M4, which I sold after my subsequent twin accidents (broken neck, broken back). I bought a Serotta steel frame and it is, thus far (three days into my comeback) wonderful, even more so than the Trek. But then I have a 62cm frame, which in steel is quite flexy. I wouldn't recommend a big steel bike as a sprint platform, but as a cruiser for those who are spinally challenged, it's great.

Good luck on your recovery.

Agree with the Rock Shox road post. -nmTig
Jul 9, 2002 6:28 AM
re: Back Surgery: Need help finding a new road bikeghoss
Jul 9, 2002 8:13 AM
I've had 2 lower back surgeries this year on the same disk, the last one was in May. I am just starting to put in 120 mile weeks. I ride a Trek 5200, with no problems, other than flexability (sp?). Anyway, start slow and build up and what ever you do....

Stay away from the weight room.

Good luck!!
re: Back Surgery: Need help finding a new road bikeChaz_cycles
Jul 9, 2002 4:13 PM
I had back surgery (L5 mircodiskectomy) in March and have been riding my Steel bike(Salsa) with no trouble for almost 2 months now. I just take it easy. All I really notice is how out of shape I am now.