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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Redding, California
Bikes: Trek 5200, Specialized MTB
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You might want to experiment with your seat height, and saddle setback. Very small changes can have dramatic impacts on efficiency and comfort, and the proper setup for the flats is not necessarily the same as for the hills.
For my flattish commute, I prefer an aero stretched out position. To allow for that, I recently raised my saddle several mm - it's a good position for cruising fast on the flats.
But, a couple of weeks ago I started training up for a hard climbing ride (yesterday's Sierra Century
, with nearly 12,000 feet of climbing). After a couple of hill training rides, I noticed that I was having problems with lower back pain - the muscles across the bottom of my back were quite sore, and painful while riding.
I thought that perhaps it was just a lack of hill training, but when it flared up again on the first of some hill repeats last week, I lowered the saddle by no more than 2mm...and the results were dramatic. No more back pain, and I completed yesterday's ride in fine form.
Record your current bike setup, and then start experimenting with it...you may find that some small tweaks will allow you to climb more efficiently in a "standard" (hands on tops) position.