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lower back sore after climbing hills.(4 posts)

lower back sore after climbing hills.komatiite
Apr 29, 2003 5:05 AM
After nearly ten miles of pretty steep climbs yestereday, my back was killing me. I tried to climb all of them in a low gear sitting down, which was somewhat of a feat in itself. every climb, my lower back muscles on either side of my spine were just getting wrenched. it really seemed to get upset on my pedal UPstroke, thought on the downstoke it was there as well, just knot as bad.

Anyone have any suggestions as to what i should do? I have heard that having a saddle too low will cause this. Im sure it could be other things as well? Are there any strengthening exercises that I could do for my lower back?

fyi, Im riding a triple, yet did all of my climbing in a the middle ring while riding the tops of the bars.
re: lower back sore after climbing hills.DINOSAUR
Apr 29, 2003 10:15 AM
Lower back pain can be caused by a saddle that is set too high. But it could be a couple of things. Try alternating sitting and standing during your climbs and don't try to push to big of a gear.

Try on the bike stretching exercises. Stand up once and awhile and extend one leg as far as it will go while leaning in the other direction and hold it for a couple of seconds, then do the same for the other leg. Just about all the time I start having problems with my lower back it's because I've messed with my saddle position.

See above post about leg length difference. Is one side of your saddle worn more than the other? That might be a clue.

Try dropping your saddle height a couple of mm's and do some stretching and that should fix it....or see a doc...

Off hand, I'd say it's your position....
re: lower back sore after climbing hills.komatiite
Apr 29, 2003 12:50 PM
yeah, im going out for a ride today. I just got my bike back from the shop so its in tip-top shape; now its just a matter if i am. Im gonna try dropping the saddle a bit and see if it helps. I'll post the results laters. Thanks.
Probably not your position -terzo rene
Apr 30, 2003 11:06 AM
if you don't climb very much, extended periods of climbing will almost always make your back sore because it recruits the muscles in the lower back more than other types of riding. So if you don't climb a lot I would suggest just doing more climbing and leave your position alone.

Anything that emulates a rowing motion with weights will help strengthen the muscles, but nothing is more specific than climbing to improve climbing.