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Back pain...Saddle too high/low?(5 posts)

Back pain...Saddle too high/low?mattcrout
Jul 23, 2003 10:14 AM
I've just finally got back into commuting to work again on the bike after not riding for a while. but after a couple days of riding, my back on the right side hurts. It's almost where the kidneys are. It's not really low like by the SI joints. I'm wondering if this could be from my saddle hight. I still haven't figured out the optimal hight, and i keep going back and forth with going higher or lower. but maybe i could get some input from you guys who have been around for a while. is this common? how to fix it? thanks

re: Back pain...Saddle too high/low?03Vortex
Jul 23, 2003 10:29 AM
Sounds to me like its too high. While some on this board amy not subscribe to any particular arithmetic method of arriving at saddle height, try .883 X inseam (in cm) as your starting point. This distance is measured from center of bottom bracket to top of saddle.
re: Back pain...Saddle too high/low?PaulNYC
Jul 23, 2003 11:01 AM
Back pain is more an issue of low core strength, and handle bar height. If you mess with the saddle too much you could hurt your knees.
Agreed, ... the key question is...funknuggets
Jul 23, 2003 12:01 PM
you indicated that you were just getting back into commuting. Does that mean you are just getting back into riding altogether? Is your commute bike different than your "normal" bike? If you are just getting back into it, I would not mess with the height yet, give yourself a couple of weeks to work the requisite beginning "bugs" out.

Could be hydration/electrolytes ...Humma Hah
Jul 23, 2003 11:15 AM
While I wouldn't rule out bike fit issues or even some underlying physical cause, be sure you're properly hydrated. I get AWFUL back pains and cramps when I don't pay attention to this.