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lower back and neck pain(8 posts)

lower back and neck painmtbutah
Jun 8, 2003 4:42 AM
I just finished my first 50 mile ride of the season. Right about 40 miles my lower back became very tired and my neck also began cramping up a bit. The day after the ride I could still feel the effects in both these areas. Any ideas on how to solve this (i.e. saddle position, etc.)? Thanks.
re: lower back and neck painfiltersweep
Jun 8, 2003 6:02 AM
Make sure your saddle is level. Is your saddle too high? Rocking hips can cause lower back pain. Leaning into your bars can cause neck pain after a longer ride.

Actually, if you have been off your bike awhile, or haven't riddent these distances, it may be somewhat normal to be a bit uncomfortable.
Jun 8, 2003 6:45 AM
Like Cod Liver Oil, no one likes them, but it's good for you. You can compensate from weak abs by using your back. That's borrowed time, my friend. Gotta have both sides of the spring at equal tension to keep it in balance.

As for your neck, sunglasses? I find if I use them or use the wrong pair (thicker top rail), my neck hurts simply because I'm tilting my head up that extra 2mm every look. It adds up.
re: lower back and neck painHigh Gear
Jun 8, 2003 7:34 AM
I think your just experiencing muscle fatigue. With more riding it should go away. Just recover first. If you made any changes like dropping the bars, that could be it. Major changes in riding position will take weeks or months to adapt to.
How much drop from saddle to handlebars?Continental
Jun 8, 2003 9:48 AM
If you have a bike designed like a racing bike you probably have too much drop from saddle to handlebars. If your handlebars are below your saddle, you may want to consider raising the bars. Keep bringing them up until you are comfortable. I had neck pain and a tight back after riding 35-40 miles. I changed stems and spacers to get my bars about 1" below the seat (they were 4" below seat). Now my bike is as comfortable as an easy chair, the drops are useful, and the only thing that limits ride lenghth is time available and fatigue.
On bike stretchingKerry
Jun 8, 2003 5:04 PM
In addition to strengthening your core (crunches and "superman" lifts on your stomach) you should do some on-bike stretching. Twist and hold, side to side of trunk and neck, rolling the neck, standing on the pedals, one down, one up, and pushing your pelvis toward the front of the bike, etc.
Also, try this...coonass
Jun 8, 2003 5:08 PM
raise dat stem! (NM)ColnagoFE
Jun 9, 2003 6:54 AM