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    Putting up with pain.

    How much bike induced pain do you regularly put up with. I bought a bent which got rid of low back, shoulder, crotch and neck pain. It reduced hand pain by 75%. Arch supports got rid of foot numbness & pain. I still have this low grade chronic hand pain which I'm putting up wih at the moment. Other regular riders tell me they put up with a certain amount of hand/wrist pain. How about you?

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    Well, there's the "pain" of pushing your body to a new threshold of performance and there's the pain that comes when something isn't working. The latter usually is my body's way of telling me I'm trying to do too much of the former. It's a tough balancing act. Frankly, I'm dealing with it by spinning a lot more in an easy gear, stretching more, and worrying less about setting the new land speed record. These days I'm just trying to keep my body from getting beat up. This cat shudders to think of how many lives he's already used up.
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    A degree of pain is probably normal sad to say. At least, certain kinds of normally non-injurious pain. After several miles in the saddle, no matter what saddle, my butt begins to hurt. My back may stiffen. Or my neck. The pain is not excruciating, only annoying. After all, we are asking our bodies to assume a sort of static position for long periods with some strange weight bearing points. This pain generally works itself out after a ride and all I remember is the pleasure and an endorphin after-glow. And sometimes a drowzy exhaustion. Someone said we shouldn't feel unworthy if we hurt...the pros hurt in all the same places. Compared to what I put up with after several years running, this pain is a small complaint.
    Riding and aging don't get easier, you just get slower at slowing down.] (FiftyPlus observation inspired by G. Lemond.)

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    Chronic hip pain. Told I need a hip replacement soon. But for now, dealing with the pain is much better than the depression of not riding. My grandmother always said, "Life is mostly pain. It's how you handle it that counts."
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88
    Chronic hip pain. Told I need a hip replacement soon. But for now, dealing with the pain is much better than the depression of not riding. My grandmother always said, "Life is mostly pain. It's how you handle it that counts."
    Good luck. Looks like you're in good company with Floyd Landis needing the same thing. BTW, my grandfather used to say, "If you're gonna like life you've got to learn to like trouble."
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    hi Gang,

    I'm 54, and new to the forum as well as being new to biking. I've been a runner since '94 but due to a back issue, the doctor has me on a bike and out of the running shoes.

    I've been actively biking for 6-7 weeks but my rides are usually only 12-14 miles during the week and 30-35 on Saturday. My only issue so far is tingling and numbness in my left hand. My neurologist said it's probably a carpal tunnel issue and by watching how I hold my hands on the bars, I can avoid the issue.

    As with some of you, my butt does get sore but I'm getting toughened up. My present bike is a 15 speed cheapie (Wal-Mart) that I inherited from my youngest son. On my best days, in the hills of Central Ky. I'm barely averaging 15 mph.

    If the back problem lingers too long, I'll invest in a decent ride. I may even keep biking a part of my training even if I can return to running.

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    Tylenol.

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    You mean you guys have pain during and after your rides? I don't have pain anymore. Sure I'm not very fast(10-14mph avg. on 40 mile rides) But I don't think pain should be a part of cycling.
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    Wrist pain is my biggest thing right now. I have gotten the balane between seat and hanlebars about as good as I can get it. Uniquely mountly bar ends help considerably. My but gets sore after about two hours. I get DOMS if I push too hard or ride too many miles.

    The one pain I get that you will not is when my prosthetic liners rubs sores on my knees and legs. Lots of Zeasorb in the friction areas helps with this.
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    I've had back surgery three times and knee surgery once. I currently have a small amount of arthritus in my back and a degenerative disc. Pain is an every day thing for me. A strong headwind a long hill or pushing myself can cause some aditional pain. I had to give up running six years ago and basketball was left behind ten years ago, but giving up biking is not an option. I don't like pills but I love my ice pack. Currently I ride about 180 miles per week if the weather permits.

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    Apparently, for many, chronic pain(s) are just a part of ageing. Managing pain effectively is a skill we'll all probably have to develop (or spend our waning years complaining of our pains to others who don't really care).

    To answer the original poster's question, though: To date the limits on my bicycling have been elbow pain (on a flat-bar, upright-stance cruiser) and saddle pain (on all bikes so far). I've been lucky in avoiding ankle, knee, and hip pains (although as I continue to age...).

    After about the first 30-45 minutes (and every successive time period of that duration), I've had to get off my bike, physically, and walk or stretch for a minute before continuing. If I'm able to lose weight, I may be able to increase my durations, but that's just speculation so far. It's also possible that my new (and as-of-yet unridden) recumbent may help also. I'll post with results when I ride again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    Apparently, for many, chronic pain(s) are just a part of ageing. Managing pain effectively is a skill we'll all probably have to develop (or spend our waning years complaining of our pains to others who don't really care).
    Sorry to hear of your pain, but I don't think pain is a normal part of aging. I know of many people in their 70s and 80s who are pain free. I also know a fair number of people younger than 50 who deal with chronic pain. I suspect that the media tends to reinforce the negative stereotypes related to this, but I'm not sure this is in anyone's best interest. Be curious to know if your recumbent helps with your pain.
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    Poor ergonomics on the bike are the source of all my pains to this point: doing microadjustments to seat position, handlebars, stem riser additions have all helped. Just exercising creates aches for me but it is better than the alternative of NOT exercising: use it or lose it. If I'm not at least a little sore or stiff or creaky then I figure I haven't actually exercised my muscles & joints sufficiently. 699 mg of ibuprofen & a good night's sleep usually works for a cure.
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    Pain for me comes mainly from old injuries. My arms from breaking them at the elbows and my left hip from an old childhood injury sledding. It is not the kind of pain that makes you want to yell but it is alway there and biking can make it worse. No matter what the skill of your ortho doc you never heal as good as you were prior to the injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by centexwoody
    Poor ergonomics on the bike are the source of all my pains to this point: doing microadjustments to seat position, handlebars, stem riser additions have all helped.
    I recently lowered my seat 2 mm, because even though my bike felt fine as I rode, I had a little twinge in my calves at night. The bike feels the same on the road, but now the calf pain is completely gone, even after a long ride. Just 2MM!!! Micro adjustments are really beneficial on a bike you know well.
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    + 1 to microadjustments - in my experience it seems to take 50 - 100 miles of riding (in whatever increments) to figure out what the heck is going on anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayGreen
    hi Gang,

    My only issue so far is tingling and numbness in my left hand. My neurologist said it's probably a carpal tunnel issue and by watching how I hold my hands on the bars, I can avoid the issue.
    Ray
    A few ideas:

    If you are feeling too stretched out which causes too much weight on your hands, try a shorter stem

    You might consider "flat top" bars which have a more friendly place to rest your hands

    Try getting some Dr. Scholls' gel inserts and cut out pieces that fit inside your gloves for additional padding.

    Moving your hand position frequently will definitely help. Riding on the hoods, it should be like shaking hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayGreen
    ............ As with some of you, my butt does get sore but I'm getting toughened up. My present bike is a 15 speed cheapie (Wal-Mart) that I inherited from my youngest son. On my best days, in the hills of Central Ky. I'm barely averaging 15 mph.................
    You do realize that the little speedometer computer only uses one magnet on the spoke and not two?

    Heck, if you're averaging 15 mph in hilly country you can't be hurting too bad.

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    "What a drag it is getting old" Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

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    Quote Originally Posted by dauphin
    "What a drag it is getting old" Mick Jagger/Keith Richards
    "Hope I die before I get old" - Pete Townsend

    Fortunately the definition of "old" keeps moving upward!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzy_cyclist
    A few ideas:

    If you are feeling too stretched out which causes too much weight on your hands, try a shorter stem

    You might consider "flat top" bars which have a more friendly place to rest your hands

    Try getting some Dr. Scholls' gel inserts and cut out pieces that fit inside your gloves for additional padding.

    Moving your hand position frequently will definitely help. Riding on the hoods, it should be like shaking hands.
    Another possibility is an aero bar. Take pressure totally off your hands by using it as another "hand" position. On long rides, into the wind, etc. it really is a useful addition.
    Riding and aging don't get easier, you just get slower at slowing down.] (FiftyPlus observation inspired by G. Lemond.)

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    I have a flat bar road bike and I just installed bar ends on it to provide extra hand positions. Since I am doing a lot of climbing and longer distances, they bar ends have been a tremendous help in alleviating fatique and numbness. I find myself riding pretty much in an "on the hoods" type of position common to drop bars as a good change of pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88
    ...Be curious to know if your recumbent helps with your pain.
    As soon as I can ride, I'll let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dauphin
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    Keith should know!!!!!!!

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    Asked a guy I knew in VN whose foot was blown off (lets everyone know it was not lost, it got blown off) how he withstood the pain (when he woke up). His reply - "greatest thing I ever felt". With my mouth open wide, he then replied - "I realized I was still alive".
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