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I'm working on it. My problem is the neck, not my lower back, but it imposes similar restrictions. Fortunately my main bike is an Atlantis, which was designed to put the bars level with the saddle or slightly higher. Raising them to the max mark on my (old-style quill) stem helped a lot (I rarely use the drops anyway). If that's not enough, I'm going to install a set of swept back three-speed style handlebars from Rivendell (www.rivbike.com;
other places carry them, too).
Have you considered either a recumbent or, as a halfway measure, a "foot forward" (or whatever they're called) design like an Electra? A friend of mine who's ridden hard for 30 years recently bought one of those and loves it.
Rocking at the hips is sometimes a sign that the saddle's too high, so the rider's legs can't reach the bottom of the stroke. If that's a problem, you might try lowering the seat. Even if it costs you some efficency, it might be worth doing if it keeps you on the bike.
Finally, how about a saddle change? Brooks doesn't work for everybody (I hear), but my butt problems went completely away when I switched to a B-17. I have three of them now, and they all work great.
Last edited by Velo Dog; 07-05-10 at 09:59 AM.