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Old 05-15-07, 08:57 AM   #1
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Does biking give

you lower back pain? Yesterday I finished a climb and the following 5 miles to the car was just miserable. I am not aware of any injury or anything - except getting older every day
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Old 05-15-07, 09:02 AM   #2
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Not really, but I fit myself well to my bikes. You may need to take it easy or check your fit.
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Used to, but this belongs in the general cycling forum.
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Old 05-15-07, 10:25 AM   #4
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Could moderator please move it there?
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It may depend on your cumulative time spent in the saddle and your age. I started getting back into cycling in late 2004 after being fairly sedentary for 12 years or so. When I first started getting back into cycling (at age 39), I would get back aches, especially after doing hilly rides. But after about 4-5 months, I no longer had back aches.
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Old 05-15-07, 12:56 PM   #6
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I do back strengthening and stretching exercises few times a week. helps a lot. Also work on the IT bands,
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I used to get lower back pain until I switched back to a longer stem - I usually get more back problems when there isn't enough room to stretch out - that's just me. Proper bike fit , core strength, stretching helps a lot too.
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Not really, but I fit myself well to my bikes. You may need to take it easy or check your fit.
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I used to get back pain a lot after long rides, until I started fiddling with saddle position, stem and seat post height....
Try adjusting those areas, it might help you a lot. Good luck!
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According to Chris Carmichael in his Ultimate Ride book it could be: lack of hamstring or gluteal flexibility, poor core strength, degenerative change in spine, too long or too low stem, or improper saddle tilt. Stretch and strengthen and/or go to a bicycle fitter or doctor. Unless it goes away soon I would get it checked out. Good luck!
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Actually, it reduces mine.
I have a bad back and have to ride very upright.
I think getting the legs in shape helps "support" my back better. My back bothers me much less in the Fall after doing a greater amount of Summer riding, then right now after doing much less Winter riding.
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Look for info in fitting the bike on the net.
1) Move seat foward.
2) Raise or lower seat.
3) Adjsut handlebars.
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I've had three back surgeries. I need to sit fairly upright to be comfortable. I found that when I am in the "proper" position, it utilizes my glutes as it should. I also discovered that that causes pain. I use a quill stem, so I can change my handlebar height easily whenever my back starts to hurt. Sitting upright I have less power, but a smile on my face. :+)
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If you regularly experience knee, shoulder, or lower back pain, you may be suffering from the effects of tight hip muscles.

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Stan urban, 48, a competitive cyclist, turned to yoga three years ago when he began to experience lower back pain, a very common ailment among cyclists, who spend the majority of their time hunched forward over the bike. Though Urban thought his problem centered in his lower back, his coach and yoga instructor, Dario Fredrick, had a different theory. Shortened hamstring muscles along the backs of Urban's legs coupled with tight hip flexors along the front of his thighs, as well as tight groin muscles and hip rotators, were preventing him from riding his bike in the proper form.
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