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Back/shoulder pain after riding(6 posts)

Back/shoulder pain after ridingscottfromcali
Dec 18, 2002 4:29 PM
After riding I have back and shoulder pain, Im realitivly new to road biking and Im sure this is one of the joys getting used to a new position while riding. I came from mt bikes, which, of course is a more upright riding position. Anyway, what can I do to make this pain go away faster other than work through it? Are there any exercises I can do to help?. Thanks
also a mtber had same problem...tronracer
Dec 18, 2002 4:59 PM
the root of my problem was the bars...got a smaller width bar and no more pain...hope this helps
Agree with tronracer...pa rider
Dec 19, 2002 4:36 AM
I'm getting a new bike with wider bars. My neck and back hurts more in the cold because my shoulders are hunched.

I always ran stock bars of 44, but now getting a 46. Had my lbs messured my shoulder width when we were ordering my new bike parts kit. He told me that getting the correct handle bar width would stop me from hunching my shoulder. i

Stem height does help, but I had the stem real high the first few years to get use to road riding (1" drop for the stem from seat nose). That helped my because I run my mtb up right position because of my fit on the mtb bike.

People who tour have their stem in a more up right position. This does help your back, but doing crunches or situps for your mid abs are the best way to help your back problems.

Emory
re: Back/shoulder pain after ridingJohnny Sako
Dec 18, 2002 7:58 PM
Upon completion of your ride take time to stretch the prepus muscle. I would suggest taking a look at ART therapy.
Advil helps as well if taken as supository.
If these fail I would suggest you stop being a wimp.

Good Luck,
Johnny
Tried raising the bars? Let me rant about that awhile...cory
Dec 19, 2002 8:41 AM
This is chapter 2,312 of my lifelong campaign to get cyclists out of that ridiculous butt-high, nose-down roadie position: RAISE THE FREAKING HANDLEBARS so they're about level with the saddle and your problems will almost certainly disappear.
I was once a disbeliever, too. Grant Petersen convinced me when I bought an Atlantis. Buy a cheap ugly stick-up stem from Nashbar and try it.
Grant's argument on this is that drop bars were designed so racers could get aero on the drops, but still have a comfortable, higher position on the tops for cruising and climbing. Most people ride on the tops a lot, so they lowered the bars to get more aerodynamic. Today's standard position has the tops of the bars about where the drops ought to be, and we have to wedge ourselves into uncomfortable positions. It makes a lot more sense to fit the bike to you than to force yourself to fit the bike.
Yep, I like my bike a lot better with the handlebars level to the seat.Kristin
Dec 19, 2002 9:04 AM
Well, I can't get mine quite level. But 1.5" is better than 5!