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sore back(9 posts)

sore backstinkfoot247
Jan 17, 2004 9:11 PM
During long rides of 2 hours or more my lower back becomes sore. Is this normal? I have not yet done 2 hour+ rides on a normal basis, and I beleive that may be it. But perhaps, I need to strengthen my back with pilates or something??
re: sore backcincy1
Jan 18, 2004 4:08 AM
A sore back on a two hour ride is not normal. First: Get to a local bike shop that has a fitter on staff and pay them to look at your position and bike measurements. If they evaluate your flexibility as part of the fitting, even better. Shops that carry Serotta or Seven usually have trained fitters. There are a variety of issues that could be causing your pain. Bike fit is the most likely. Insufficient flexibility is another. Muscle weakness somewhere is also a possibility. If you back bothers you a lot, find a good chiropractor to help. No one is going to give you the definitive answer. You will have to eliminate potential causes until you find something that works. Good luck.
re: sore backbsdc
Jan 18, 2004 5:11 AM
I'm a chiropractor and work with people fitting their bikes and/or having pain. The first thing to try would be to stretch your hamstrings. It's cheap, easy, and works frequently in cases like yours
moving my saddle forward just a tad solvedbill
Jan 18, 2004 6:01 AM
my sore back issues. I think that if your saddle is back, you have to use more back muscles to stay up. Moving the saddle forward moves a little more of your weight forward onto your arms -- less of you is cantilevered back, more is forward. Course, if the real problem is a weak back, flexibility issues, or hamstring issues (not sure how that last one works), you're just going to end up with sore arms, too.
Try these exercises..coonass
Jan 18, 2004 6:02 AM
Simple,..... Just ride a lot more.MR_GRUMPY
Jan 18, 2004 6:55 AM
Unless you have a back problem, you need to go on more longer rides. Try to do a 3+ hour ride at least once a week.
Stretch hamstrs. Do ab crunches. Maybe move saddle fwd (nm)geeker
Jan 18, 2004 7:41 AM
You're built like a springpitt83
Jan 18, 2004 7:42 AM
Your abdominals are the counter balance system for your back. If those are weak, you over-compensate and work your back. That's called "core conditioning".

Sorry pal, 50 sit-ups a day is your pennance.
You're built like a springridenc
Jan 18, 2004 10:44 AM
Lots of hamstring stretches and core strength training should give drastic improvement. Back extensions can do wonders. Maybe slight adjustments to the saddle. May want to cut your rides back to 1 1/2 hours and then increase slightly each week. Could be you are too stretched out, in which case a shorter stem may do the trick.