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Lower Back Issues-HELP(4 posts)

Lower Back Issues-HELPdsweiss
Aug 13, 2003 7:47 PM
Woke up one morning with a tightness in my lower back that got progressively worse. Strange, not a real injury, a tightness. I can't draw my knees to my chest. I stopped riding and it got somewhat better, but then it came back when I started riding again. It is very low back, in the upper butt area.

Anybody ever had a similar problem and any suggestions?
have you tried.....divve
Aug 14, 2003 2:13 AM
....this new handlebar set-up?



Kidding aside, what I've found to work in the past is real rest and moderate easy rides only after you begin to feel better. Wait until all the discomfort is absolutely completely gone, before you begin stress your back again. Stretching and training your abs and related back muscles groups also helps.
My back problem wasn't related to cycling. If it is in your case you might require a set up change as well.
Stetch Your Hammies!!BallsOut
Aug 14, 2003 7:58 AM
Most lower back issues are due to tight hamstrings. Trust me on this one. Stretch them like crazy before and after your rides you'll notice a huge difference.

K
Blasphemous, flame-baiting, style-crime solutionOffTheBack
Aug 14, 2003 9:15 AM
I have my saddle angled down, as far as it will go. I find it lets me rotate my hips forward and kkep my lower back flatter. No one else seems to do this, but for me (and I'm not a newbie) it's the only way to ride for any length of time without lower back pain.

Of course, careful stretching, warming up before hammering, and checking your position with a web based fit calculator are good ideas too. Good luck!