I've posted the request below to the forums at the National Scoliosis
Foundation. Any suggestions Bike Forum posters have for me are
welcomed as well.
I'm a new poster here, and I'm newly diagnosed with scoliosis. I'm
also a new cyclist, having just learned to ride a couple of weeks
before I was diagnosed. I have about a 5-10 percent curve upward and
forward to the right, giving me the appearance of 'leading' with my
right shoulder. I've managed to train myself to get into a good
posture when standing and when sitting on a normal chair, but even
with having the handlebars raised on my bike, I'm still leading with
my right shoulder. I'm having a lot of muscle fatigue in the right
shoulder blade area. Since I'm riding up to 100 miles a week
currently, this is of concern to me.
I ride a Trek Navigator 3.0, a bike that's designed to keep the rider
in a more upright position than most bikes. I have the handle bars
raised as far as they will go. I'm 6 feet, 250 pounds, and age 41.
I've also lost 137 pounds over the past 17 months through proper
eating and exercise alone.
Any suggestions for how I should proceed? At this point, I feel I have
1. Find a way to keep upright on a diamond frame bike such as my
2. switch to a recumbent bicycle or tricycle;
3. see if a change to a forward riding position, such as on a road
bike, could work for me. Transferring some of the weight to my arms
and shoulders might force them to remain level, provided I could keep
a flat back. I've come across a case of at least one man with
scoliosis who rides this way.
4. Try one of the new design bikes with lumbar support like the Giant
Revive or the Day Six bicycle.
5. Give up riding.
Number 5 is not an option I'm willing to consider. Please, any
suggestions to help me avoid that fate are welcome.