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agonizing lower back pain... what's the problem?(7 posts)

agonizing lower back pain... what's the problem?opencl
Jul 11, 2002 5:18 PM
ever since I changed my handlebar and saddle, I have been getting lower back pains everytime I go out for a ride. What's causing this? I have been shifting the saddle back and fork, and seatpost up and down to no resolution...
re: agonizing lower back pain... what's the problem?szybki
Jul 11, 2002 6:01 PM
Are your handlebars lower? It's been my experience that having the bars too low causes low back pain. Also, your saddle may be uncomfortable, and you may be unknowingly putting more weight on your hands to counteract the pressure on your butt.
Couple of things...DINOSAUR
Jul 11, 2002 6:11 PM
I went through a long period of lower back pain and finally came to the conclusion that my bike didn't fit, purchased a new bike and no more problems.

However since you didn't start having problems until you changed your saddle and bars, did you duplicate the set-up with the new equipment? Could be your saddle to bar drop is too low, or you might have to change to a shorter stem. Don't mess with your fore/aft position unless it is more than a couple of mm's or it will effect you KOPS (if you are a believer in KOPS).

Did you change brands of saddles? Is the rail length the same as your old saddle? could be a bunch of stuff or just one little adjustment. I'd zero in my KOPS then start looking at my stem length.
re: agonizing lower back pain... what's the problem?paulw
Jul 11, 2002 6:26 PM
Try tilting the nose of saddle down. Also, assuming the stem didn't change position, try angle the bars up some so that the hoods are higher. I'm betting on the saddle angle though.
Try stretching your hamstrings and strengtheningLone Gunman
Jul 11, 2002 6:47 PM
your stomach muscles...
Fit, Fit, and Fit--try a pro!DrPete
Jul 11, 2002 7:22 PM
It sounds like your woes are related, as others have said, to the fit of your saddle and bar/stem. I also had a ton of low back pain for a long time. Then I discovered the joys of professional fitting. I went to Fit Werx, in Waitsfield, VT, where they have 2 Serotta-trained fit specialists. After a couple hours with Sarah and Ian, I was riding totally painlessly, even on metric century and longer distances.

Fit Werx was a great experience for me, and I highly recommend them, but any pro fitting people can do the job. Also, if you look at Colorado Cyclist's fitting guide, they have the do-it-yourself version of the professional fit, which can be quite a pain to do, but it's doable.

Good luck!

Check them Great shop!
On my body the problem would be seat too high.dzrider
Jul 12, 2002 4:25 AM
These strories are the best reminders to make one small change at a time.