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    would switching to a riser bar help with lower back pain?

    I ride a 03 yeti fro. it came stock with a titec hell bent flat bar. After about 45 minutes, I start to have discomfort in my wrists and lower back. The bike store suggested I adjust the brake lever position to help alleviate the wrist pain. This seemed to help but my back still hurts after long rides. Would switching to a riser bar help this problem? How much rise? Any particular brands/models that are good?

    The LBS suggested a downhill bar that sweeps back. But I don't want to screw too much with the geometry as I really like how the bike rides. I pretty much ride exclusively XC. Thanks

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    By riding in a more upright position with the riser bar, yes, it should alleviate your lower back problem. A further remedy is to use a shorter and taller stem.

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    My husband loves his riser bar. I think it's 1.5 inches, or whichever the highest one is. He said it was awkward the first ride or two. I just got a 0.75 inch riser bar, and one ride did feel more comfortable in the neck and lower back.

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