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how many of you are riding with pain?(34 posts)

how many of you are riding with pain?ET
Aug 22, 2003 7:01 AM
My left foot buzzes a bit with nerve pain; I have trouble walking with my weak right foot, which in addition has a neuroma; my right shoulder and left knee ache; I have sciatica, and also a pinched nerve in my neck. Rest is not the issue since I already tried a lot of it and it didn't help, so might as well enjoy the ride. Riding sometimes increases the pain (especially the sciatica), but at other times I just sort of forget about all that and really enjoy the ride.

Anyone else riding with pain?
JS Haiku will be (nm)PaulCL
Aug 22, 2003 7:18 AM
Do you consider yourself overweight?spluti
Aug 22, 2003 7:19 AM
All those nagging aches and pains (your list sounds like mine)
go away as my weight reduces and fitness increases. I have very advanced arthritis in my left hip that I thought would end my cycling. After two years of laying off I decided to give the hip a try and am very pleased that it is not giving me any problems. I've lost 25 lbs. and the hip is in fact giving me less pain.
My goal is a triple century on my fiftieth birthday. I have a year and a half to get ready.
No. Well, I wasn't when it all started.ET
Aug 22, 2003 10:39 AM
I was around 153 (at 5'9") in my running heyday, and my relatives and friends were telling me I looked emaciated (which I took as a compliment). Only after all the running injuries and resulting problems and then the limitations on exercise that followed did the weight start creeping up.
Aug 22, 2003 7:28 AM
I've lived and ridden in hilly terrain for many decades, and if it weren't for the pain, I wouldn't know I had any knees left. I use NSAIDS, glucosamine, very low gearing, ice, the Power of Prayer, and beer/bourbon/both to keep riding tolerable. Some days are better than others, but I can honestly say every ride has its moments of searing ... YOW!

Occasionally, though, something goes right (usually after life forces me to take a few days off) and I get through a ride fairly pain-free. I live for those days.
Too much pain to ride right now ...Geardaddy
Aug 22, 2003 7:42 AM
... and it's bugging the hell out of me! I've had off and on neck and shoulder pain problems for years, but usually it is just an annoyance and doesn't stop me from riding. Well, just a week or so ago after a weekend of doing a lot of road and MTB riding, I am now experiencing excruciating back and shoulder pain. I had been experiencing numbness and tingling in my right arm for a month or so prior, which should have been a sign to get some rest. Whatever, I can't ride now at all.

Other pains that I have experienced are usually preventable or treatable. For instance, knee pain has usually been a result of too aggressive early season riding. Lower back pain that I've had seems to go away eventually after I improve my stretching routine. But I can't seem to find an answer for these shoulder/neck/upper-back problems. It's particularly frustrating because the pain reaction is not immediate, rather it is usually a delayed reaction 1 or 2 days later to the "offending" riding. Anyone have any suggestions???
Aero Bars...spluti
Aug 22, 2003 7:49 AM
I used to think aero bars were for going faster. Now I know better, they're really for old age..Carple tunnel, back pain, etc.
Do you have a nice quill stem you can raise way up?OldEdScott
Aug 22, 2003 7:51 AM
I'm surprised every cyclist in the land doesn't have neck/back problems with the bar-drop setup threadless stems have forced on people.
Do you have a nice quill stem you can raise way up?spluti
Aug 22, 2003 8:01 AM
I'm phasing out my quill right now and you hit on my main concern. I bought a stem thet is 10 deg + or - symetrical so I have more options to work with. All these parts are in the mail right now so I have yet to see if I can duplicate my quill set up.
I'm w/Ed: "Unconventional" setup can solve lots of problemscory
Aug 22, 2003 8:08 AM
It won't help your foot problems or my knees (a 46-36-24 crankset does that), but I rode with neck and back pain for 20 years until I raised my handlebars. Rivendell sold me a nice, tall quill stem, which let me get the bars up level with the seat (even a little above, if I want). The neck thing went away in about two days and has stayed gone for three years.
I do have a quill stem, but adjusting hasn't helpedGeardaddy
Aug 22, 2003 8:23 AM
Right now it sits only an inch or two below my saddle. I've also played around with stem lengths on my MTB. Every time I think I've got the fit adjusted to help prevent the problems, I seem to still manage to torque my shoulder/neck after a particularly difficult ride. Grrr.

I live in a land of 4 seasons, so I spend my winters X-C skiing. By mid-winter I feel great, with all pain gone. I used to do a wider variety of things in the summer, like running and rock climbing, and I had much fewer problems with pain. But time and priorities make me concentrate more on the bike only these days. So, "repetitive use injury" has become my nemesis. I've never been one to use the weight room much, because it's so freakin boring. Maybe a little concentration on stretching and weight training? (ugh)
You'd be better off with a "taller" frame.MR_GRUMPY
Aug 22, 2003 8:24 AM
You need a frame like that was common back in the 50's. 1 to 2 inches of seatpost showing, and the bars 1 to 2 inches above the seat. This way you wouldn't have 5 inches of quill showing.
People are just stupid. They want the "racer" look, when they don't have the "racer" body.
It's a helluva lot better than pain without riding!dzrider
Aug 22, 2003 7:53 AM
Right heel, left shoulder, pulled quad muscle getting better since June, occasional sciatica, left fibula on rainy days, vague pains that come and go without explanation. Hell, I'm almost 55 and I've ridden, run and played hard all my life. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to do what I do.

I also notice that people my age who get no exercise at all complain of more aches, pains, and maladies than I do, so I doubt that I only hurt because I exercise. I also have a few minutes on many rides and runs that are pain free and perfect.
Not any more, I dumped herRoadrunner25
Aug 22, 2003 7:55 AM
Terrible riding partner, always complaining. One day I had enough and simply dropped her.

Long ride home in the truck.
LOL! (nm)CHRoadie
Aug 22, 2003 8:28 AM
Phantom Limb Painninelittlepiggies
Aug 22, 2003 8:18 AM
My big right toe got hacked off by the doctors because of severe frostbite a few years back. All of the skin grafts are in pressure points around my foot so those hurt the worst. I look forward to the midpoint in a race because I can't feel my foot anymore by that point.

I do get Phantom Limb Pain a few times a year. It is actually kinda cool because I know what it is now, and it tickles more than hurts. I've learned from mountaineering that pain is good though, because it reminds the body that you are indeed alive.

Anyone racing in Bend, Or this weekend?
Does riding with my wife count?? (nm)52-16SS
Aug 22, 2003 8:35 AM
does anyone ride pain-free ??dotkaye
Aug 22, 2003 8:36 AM
I didn't know that was possible..

R. foot neuroma, incipient neuroma in L. foot, chronic calf muscle tear in L., recent tibialis posterior tear in R. calf, assorted knee problems - ITB, patellar, etc - which come and go, lower back pain if I don't stretch daily..

what a drag it is getting old, every morning wake up and carefully check all the body parts to see which one is going to be hurting today..

But at least we're still riding. Suspect I'd still have the pains even if I wasn't riding, so wotthehell, toujours gai..
No pain, unless I want it on the hillsContinental
Aug 22, 2003 8:38 AM
I almost feel guilty about being painless after reading all the travails in this post. I'm lucky physically, but also have Brooks B-17 and B-15 seats, 28 mm 90 psig tires or 27 X 1 1/4" 80 psig tires, and minimal (1") seat-to handle bar drop on bikes that fit me. I only ride hard once a week and ride easy 3 or 4 times/week. Also do year round strength training and cycle year round. Rest 1 day a week and if I feel a twitch or stiffness I take a day off.
Fortyitis is what I call it...asphalt assault
Aug 22, 2003 8:50 AM
I'm working with some tendonitis in my right shoulder that's been bothering me for about a year now. My right ankle was bothering me last week for no reason at all...that's feeling better now though. A few years ago I had a nasty case of tennis elbow but that cleared up when I got a new MTB with a much better fork.

I just pop some Advil and ride when something hurts, it feels better'n sitting around!
No pain, discomfort at times...DINOSAUR
Aug 22, 2003 9:16 AM
I went for a long ride last weekend (8,300 ft of climbing in 74.5 miles) and I got cramps in my quads and my feet were killing me toward the end, but it was a problem with dehydration and having my shoe straps too tight. One reason I switched from running to cycling is because cycling is a non-impact sport. One thing I found is that if you spend a lot of time in the saddle on long rides a little change in your set-up can make a big difference.

I suck on climbing as I use the low gears a lot. I can climb using my 25 or 23 gear and others younger than myself will be in their 19's. But I don't have any problems with my knees either (old guys use low gears).

As a sidenote- I had a major crash 3 years ago and fractured 5 ribs, among other injuries. I know the feeling of real pain. But if you are having problems as you stated, something is not right. Maybe you need rest or cut back on your milage or see someone in the medical profession...
Can't remember not riding with painLowCel
Aug 22, 2003 9:25 AM
Earlier this year I had a mtb wreck and I fractured my collar bone and had a grade 2 AC seperation. Then when doing another mtb ride I felt myself tear a muscle in my left calf. Unfortunately I haven't had time to let it heal yet.

Both of these are still far less painful than the looks I get from my wife when I come home with new bike goodies though.
Thats the reason I quit running! No pain riding. nmTREKY
Aug 22, 2003 9:32 AM
how do you think I got all those injuries? :-)ET
Aug 22, 2003 10:30 AM
T'was running. Had surgery on right foot back in '99 that left it with problems I never had before; also, the too-tight cast gave me a neuroma (that doc ought to be locked up). Sciatica started a few months after this surgery, left foot started tingling a month before this surgery. Couldn't really wear shoes for around two years after surgery on left foot. Hurt knee and neck doing yoga to cope with the above pain (but I sure am flexible now :-)). Took up cycling as an alternative; in the only thing on this list attributable to cycling, while racing the clock on a course, I crashed and reinjured my shoulder that previously had surgery for dislocation.

And you know what? Those years of running, the bliss of a run, the stunning weight loss, attaining goals no one ever thought I could, taking age-group medals in races--those were the happiest years of my life (well, if you call a single-minded obsession happiness). Of course, now all I have is my fond memories. Well, I still can enjoy a ride.

But I think I'll stay away from group rides, pace lines and the like and be content with blowing some lone rider away up some hill (if I'm able); I can't afford any more pain. Yeah, I may sound like an old gheezer; I certainly feel like one. But I've come to realize that these macho stories about crashes don't always end with 100% or near-100% recovery. The doctors can't always fix you up. You sometimes discover that nothing can be done, or that the risks of a second surgery are just too great. So you end up with a lifetime of PAIN.
broke a bone in my right foot a few years agoJS Haiku Shop
Aug 22, 2003 9:51 AM
and on really long rides it comes back to haunt me.

geez, we sound like a buncha old geezers sitting around talking about our aches and pains.

tyler hamilton is probably rolling over in his grave.
I didn't realise he'd died - he's still riding .. :) (NM)Steve Young
Aug 22, 2003 1:20 PM
Nothing compared to when I ran a lot...geeker
Aug 22, 2003 9:58 AM
I just find I have to stretch some daily (lower back, hamstrings) and do some situps to strengthen abs, otherwise I get sore hip flexors. But when I ran marathons, all kinda stuff hurt! I still run (and snowshoe) during the winter, but am very careful.
re: how many of you are riding with pain?mainframe
Aug 22, 2003 10:16 AM
Lower back pain has come to the front as mileage increased, presently 160 miles per week. Recently, every ride is a concentrated effort to discover what I can do better to reduce the strain. Yesterday, I spent much more time than usual with hands atop the bars and it seemed to help; today the back is alittle less stiff. I also find hammering against the wind puts a definite strain to the deal. Funny, I have extremely good flexibility but a certain stiffness prevails. I'm going to stay on top of the bars more and use the drops only when I need to "go". I opine to myself daily as to how uninhibited my cycling would be if only the back was cool. At 55 years old, its my only malady. Grrr.
re: how many of you are riding with pain?aliensporebomb
Aug 22, 2003 10:33 AM
If I ride really hard or get dehydrated I'm significantly
more sore the next day or two than if I ride at a more
relaxed pace and hydrate myself.

This morning my feet are sore because I missed my bus and
took another that got me within a mile or two of home but
walking home in business shoes (made to look businesslike,
not for walking) and I have blisters on my little toes.

Did you ever try one of these?ohmk1
Aug 22, 2003 10:35 AM
You'll enjoy riding again!
Expensive, dangerous, and they don't climb...(nm)spluti
Aug 22, 2003 10:45 AM
Expensive, dangerous, and they don't climb...ohmk1
Aug 22, 2003 11:18 AM
Expensive? as opposed to let's say, a colnago c-40?
Dangerous? you mean on a regular bike you are completely safe?
They don't climb? Can you climb?
It sounds like you never tried one...
Not meMikeBiker
Aug 22, 2003 1:57 PM
My pains go away during my rides. My legs do hurt during hard climbs, but that is temporary.

I have a few aches and pains normally (I'm 57), but on the bike I don't notice them at all. I used to have knee pains, but the more I biked, the less the knees hurt. My knees haven't hurt now for a long time.

I can;t stop thinking about her...does that count? nmbicyclerepairman
Aug 23, 2003 6:38 PM