Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Redline Conquest, Cannonday, Specialized, RANS
I crushed my T11, T12, L1 and L2 nineteen years ago, which left me with an angulated kyphosis of about 15 degrees. At the time, the doctors told me that I would probably need to have vertabrae fused within ten years due to arthritis. I started commuting by bike every day about twelve years ago, and I think it is good for my back -- it's a daily stretching without violent exertion -- and so far I have staved off arthritis and surgery. After a long ride my back is not the part of me that hurts the most, it's the pressure points on my bike (butt, hands, feet).
I switched to drop bars this year, and while it initially caused me some soreness, I think they are good for my back too -- more stretching, more flexibility. In general my back is in good shape -- it only hurts when I over-do something-- which I credit to cycling, because I don't particularly take good care of myself except for the exercise I get on my bike.
I would say my back is most sensitive to abrubt changes; you want to build strength slowly and be consistent with activity.
Last edited by DCCommuter; 09-06-05 at 03:06 PM.