As I mentioned in another recent thread, I'm thinking of getting a road bike (as an additional bike) after several years of riding mountain and comfort bikes. I last rode a low-bar bike 20+ years ago (a Schwinn Letour 10-speed). I haven't ridden all that much in the years since, but have ramped up in the last couple of years as an empty-nester (I'm 59 right now).
So on Saturday I test-rode a Specialized Sequoia, which is promoted as having a "relaxed" riding position for a drop-bar road bike. Riding it with my hands on the straight part of the bar, I felt fairly upright, but reaching out for the hoods I could feel my back stretching and it was a bit uncomfortable. However, after riding some laps around a large parking lot near the dealer the discomfort eased up and I really liked the ride and the bike. But I told the dealer I'd still "sleep on it" and get back with him later this week.
Well, I woke up this morning with a bit of a sore back . I do not have any chronic back problems, but OTOH I am pretty protective of my back since I know a lot of guys my age with problems. My first reaction was that I was glad that I hadn't bought the bike, but after considering it for a while, maybe it'll still be OK. I'm thinking that my back pain is more of a "stretching" soreness just due to not using those muscles for a while. Not uncommon -- sort of like each winter the first time I go XC skiiing and my groin muscles are aching the next day.
So what do you guys think? Is it pretty normal to be a bit stiff in the back if you haven't ridden one of these bikes for a long time? The Sequoia does have a relatively upright position, but after riding comfort bikes for a couple of years it really made me feel stretched out, or at least on my first ride.