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Hip pain a result of poor bike fit??(8 posts)

Hip pain a result of poor bike fit??butzdogg
Jul 2, 2003 10:45 AM
I recently bought a new road bike....a Giant TCR. My hip joints has been bothering after my recent road rides and I wondered if there might be a quick fix regarding how my bike is set up....i.e. lower the seat, shorten the stem, etc.........
PossiblyPsyDoc
Jul 2, 2003 10:57 AM
I see at least two possibilities. First, your setup on the bike needs to be changed, perhaps lower the seat .5cm and see how that feels. You could also go and pay for a fitting. Second, perhaps your recent rides have been "stressful" and not your typical rides and you have somehow strained your hip flexers or muscles in your lower back that are pulling your SI Joints out of whack. If your pain is muscular, then I would begin a stretching program and possible exercises to strengthen them. Or, you could stretch, take a fews days off the bike, and then return to "modest" rides at an easy pace and see what happens. Other posters may have more pinpointed advice.
re: Hip pain a result of poor bike fit??PaulCL
Jul 2, 2003 11:26 AM
Maybe, but a few questions.

The "hip" pain...is it on the outside at the joint?? or in the groin area around the front??

From my MD's opinion: if it is on the outside at the joint, then you need to stretch the ITB. (howtostretch.com) If it is in the groin, then it is truly hip pain and definitely a fit problem.

Either way, from experience, I would recommend rest, icing it, advil, and lots of stretching. Then continue stretching. I have had ITB problems that manifest themselves as sharp pains in my left hip joint. It feels like it is inside the actual joint, but it is the ITB.

With a new bike, I can't recommend having a professional take a look at your fit. Go to your LBS, ask him/her to take a look then buy something to say thanks.

Good luck.

Paul
It is most definitely in the groin area.....butzdogg
Jul 2, 2003 11:49 AM
I have been resting it, ice, anti-inflammitories. It had been bothering me all season and then ten days agoI really irritated during a ride. I haven't ridden since but feel I can get back out there. I split my time 50/50 between mtn biking and my road bike and only expereiced this on my road bike.
In my experiencesidley
Jul 2, 2003 11:50 AM
I too experience hip pain and back pain after the first few rides of the season. After a few hundred base miles, my body adjusts and the pain generally subsides. As already stated, stretching, proper warm up and smart riding are the best ways to expedite that "break in" stage.
re: Hip pain a result of poor bike fit??eayste
Jul 2, 2003 1:52 PM
I had problems with the joint area .It would pop every now and then , then the pain would follow.
I lowered the saddle alittle and moved the seat forward.
that seemed to work.
Same thing here..........BIG RING
Jul 2, 2003 2:07 PM
just moved the seat forward 5 cm and the seat down 8 cm. The sharp pains in my right groin subsided. I think at the bottom of my peadal stroke, the extension was too much for my right leg, which is slightly shorter than my left one. The pain was particularly noticable after long rides with a lot of steep climbing.
Forward 2 inches and down 3+??!!Kerry Irons
Jul 2, 2003 5:08 PM
How could you get that much travel in your saddle rails? How could you ride with your saddle over 3 inches too high? Or is it just that your keyboard/computer doesn't have a decimal point?