I am a 50 year old ex-road/club rider. Three years ago I had to give up cycling due to chronic sciatic nerve/muscle pain in my right buttocks and leg. I am much better now, thank-you, and fantasize about a return to cycling, but I am leary of risking my improved health by getting back on a road bike. Does anyone in this "bent" forum have ideas or advice on whether a recumbent might be a better solution? BTW, my sciatica apparently had little to do with my back or spine. It was caused by localized inflammation and muscle-spasms in the butt, hip and leg. Thanks.