Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
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I'll echo what ill.clyde said about core strengthening. I've had lower back issues all my adult life, and occasionally get what I would describe as a feeling like severe fatigue in the muscles just above my butt, especially to the right of my spine. It's more a pronounced discomfort than pain. As I go through the season, and do some core exercises, the point at which this happens gets farther and farther out, depending on how hard I push myself, and what the terrain is like. Right now, on flat routes, it seems to hit at about 30-35 miles.
My recommedations would actually be three-fold:
1. Do some core exercises regularly. I know they're difficult to do, and no fun at all, but they're pretty necessary.
2. Stand up occasionally while coasting and stretch. Stand up, drop one foot to the bottom of your pedal stroke, and bend backwards at the waist. Then drop your other foot and do it again. It helps your back, your legs and your butt.
3. Talk to someone knowledgable about your bike fit. That can help, especially with saddle height and position.
Last edited by CraigB; 08-30-11 at 07:06 PM.