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Lower back pain on long ridesretro_grouch
Jun 4, 2001 12:55 PM
I'm in my first year of serious road riding with about 800 miles logged this year. I have been gradually increasing mileage to 80-100 miles a week. I have noticed that after 1 1/2 hours in the saddle my lower back muscles begin to cramp up. Anything more than 2 hours and I need to stop and stretch. I have been riding mountain bikes for 4 years at equivalent times and haven't had this problem. My question is; is there a particular seat height/position or handle bar height issue that could cause this? I've made very subtle adjustements fore and aft and up/down with out much change.
weak abs and lower backstr8dum
Jun 5, 2001 7:13 AM
you need to start doing cruches and lower back workouts. get strong abs and back, no more back pain
re: Lower back pain on long ridesdrdoug26
Jun 6, 2001 1:05 AM
I've been through this problem as well as the patellar tendonitis.
The above post was correct. You need to strengthen your abds and low back. Also, maybe even more important is to stretch out before every work out at least for 10 minutes. I went through a 6 week program of general exercises w/ main focus on Hyper Extensions and crunches, after blowing up my low back.(3 disk herniations) That was back in Dec. I've had a great season w/out and real problems. I train about 250 - 300 miles per week and just finished my first batch of road races. Currently I only go through my exercises once per week but stretch faithfully before every workout.

drdoug DC