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Hip Pain(5 posts)

Hip PainISA11
Jul 23, 2003 6:17 AM
I am getting hip and lower back pain after my rides. I am getting fitted again due to installing new pedals. Could the pain that I am getting be due to improper cleat adjustments? Thanks for your replies.
Is the pain in both hips???funknuggets
Jul 23, 2003 6:43 AM
I am going to estimate that your seat might be too high as your hips are forced to tilt over the seat to reach the bottom of the stroke. Would potentially explain your back pain as well.

Just a thought
Is the pain in both hips???ISA11
Jul 23, 2003 6:57 AM
Yes and no. The pain is mostly in the left leg. You are right. My seat was a little high and with the new pedals and professional seat adjustment, hopefully things work out. As my cycling improves, my legs are getting closer to the top tube. Do I need to adjust the cleats so that they face in a little bit more or should I just keep them at a degree that is similar to my walking stance? Thanks again.
Is the pain in both hips???funknuggets
Jul 23, 2003 7:49 AM
Well, Im not sure of what you are saying regarding your legs getting closer to the top tube, other than increases in muscle size and increased strength. As your stroke becomes more efficient (also due to proper positioning), your legs often will not bow outward or inward as you search for leverage to press the pedal. Most of this stress will have likely come at the knee or ankle, so if you dont have knee pain now, I dont think I would worry too much about the cleat angle as you become, as you put it, ...more fit.

Lastly, hip pain in one or more hips "may" suggest you have other issues regarding your hip tilt (due to spine chiropractor friend will be so proud), differing leg length, differing muscle structure, or certain physiological differences (prior injury, etc) that could be placing undue stress upon your hip. Hopefully, dialing your fit will help out. Also, your saddle fore/aft will also slightly change your angle over the pedals, changing your muscle balance slightly. Perhaps your current sizing is isolating your hip flexors a bit more, which may not be in shape.

However, everything I have said is at a very high level and I cannot tell you exactly anything. Everyone is different and has had differing pasts, and therefore has a different fit. I think that professional fits have their value, but likely will just get you "in the ballpark", there will still need to be adjustments.

I wish you the best of luck and many miles and hope that your professional fit works for you. Keep in mind the type of miles and riding that you will do, and do not overdo it immediately after the fit. Not just the day of and after... honestly I would be careful the next couple of weeks as you try and dial in... ESPECIALLY if there are major changes. It could just aggravate your injury further.

So sayeth the funk...
Is the pain in both hips???ISA11
Jul 23, 2003 10:22 AM
Thanks for the great info. My fitting is tomorrow.