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Old 05-14-09, 10:52 AM   #1
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Rear sore off the bike, but not on

So I've been upping my distance and number of days commuting. I'm fine on the bike, but when I'm off my tailbone and the very upper part of my rear hurt when I'm sitting down. Thoughts?
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Old 05-14-09, 11:40 AM   #2
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I'd try lowering your seat about a half inch, worked for me when I had a similar issue with my coccyx.
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Old 05-14-09, 12:23 PM   #3
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My coccyx pain is almost gone now, it lasted about 2 weeks. I couldn't understand why it hurt at first, but then I remembered the way I got on the bike on my first ride (I got on and off the bike about 20 times on that ride!). Are you getting on the bike the way you should? If not, you might be hurting your tailbone.

Read this for more info: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/starting.html

PS: Ibuprofen gel helped relief the pain and accelerated the healing process. But be sure to know what caused the pain in the first place, don't just treat the symptoms.

Good luck!
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Old 05-14-09, 04:58 PM   #4
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The title of this post reminds me of the old joke:

Patient to his physician: "Doctor, it hurts when I do move like this...."
Physician to the patient: " Well, I recommend that you don't move like that !!"

Maybe you should just stay on your bike ??

I've never had a problem, so I can't offer any advice. Seriously, best of luck resolving the issue.
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Old 05-14-09, 06:01 PM   #5
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Bone: everyone's a comedian!

I am starting and stopping properly. That was something I researched once I raised my seat up to a proper range to stop knee pain and realized I had no idea how to get on the thing without killing myself (every bike I had as a kid you could stand on the ground while in the saddle). I don't think I can lower the seat much because I didn't raise it up all that much to begin with.

I'll hit the ibuprofen gel and see if this resolves itself as an issue of breaking in my saddle (not the bike's).
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Kamala, do you have a "split" saddle?
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Kamala, do you have a "split" saddle?
Nope, just the stock saddle on a 2007 Specialized Hardrock Sport
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Nope, just the stock saddle on a 2007 Specialized Hardrock Sport
Sadlles that have a lot of "relief" to the rear portion of them, can help to relieve any pressure to your tailbone that you may be inadvertantly placing on it. Usually it's from rider position on the bike/saddle that will cause that nagging tailbone pain post-ride, coupled with a thicker saddle with minimal rearward relief.
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