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Theodore 01-13-09 06:30 AM

Sitting when climbing hills
 
Instead of standing on the bike when climbing hills,can sitting cause undue stress on the lower back
leading to lower hip or lower back pain?

ted

pdedes 01-13-09 06:45 AM

no

patentcad 01-13-09 06:48 AM

yes

gabdy 01-13-09 06:55 AM

maybe

patentcad 01-13-09 06:55 AM

that settles it then

urbanknight 01-13-09 07:02 AM

Yes it can. You sit in a different position when climbing. Stretch more and/ or adjust your bike fit if you climb that often.

unbelievably 01-13-09 07:08 AM

Sometimes.

Dheorl 01-13-09 07:15 AM

Possibly

Basil Moss 01-13-09 07:21 AM

Since most people do both, it is worth looking at your bike fit rather than choosing which position is causing a problem. For most people, standing can be a relief after sitting down, and in turn after a while standing, sitting can allow certain muscle groups to rest.

gsteinb 01-13-09 07:23 AM

it depends.

Basically the only time I get out of the saddle is in the last 200meters of a race. If you have pain it's likely a fit issue.

BHBiker 01-13-09 07:30 AM

It depends. If you dont have prior injuries/your position is correct/the bike fit is correct/ you bloody kno what you are doing ...it should be fine.

I alternate between sitting and standing so there you go.

gsteinb 01-13-09 07:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BHBiker (Post 8172264)
It depends. If you dont have prior injuries/your position is correct/the bike fit is correct/ you bloody kno what you are doing ...it should be fine.

Which is basically a hand full of european pros under the tutelage of world famous coaches.

Metzinger 01-13-09 07:44 AM

A lot depends on steepness. If your trying to sit and the speed and cadence go down, things could get torquey.
I look forward to hills so that I can stretch and move about a bit.

DogBonz 01-13-09 08:28 AM

Back? I don't know. I have never experienced any issues with back pain, but my bad knee lets me know if i should be out of the saddle when climbing.

big john 01-13-09 08:42 AM

If I climb every week my back is fine, but if I don't do any climbs for a while and then do one, my lower back gets sore. Most of us stand for at least part of a climb.

Nate552 01-13-09 08:45 AM

Chris Carmichaels take on seated vs standing
Link Here

DScott 01-13-09 08:56 AM

Back, yes. Front, hardly ever. Hmmm...

grom 01-13-09 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Theodore (Post 8172105)
Instead of standing on the bike when climbing hills,can sitting cause undue stress on the lower back
leading to lower hip or lower back pain?

ted

IME, I need to factor in rpm and power while sitting. Too low of rpm while too high of power (along with my lack of technique) gets me every time. Not worried about the back standing.

Machka 01-13-09 05:03 PM

Sitting while climbing can be quite comfortable.

save10 01-13-09 05:08 PM

if you can spin your gear at a reasonable candance then no. unless your bike is ill fitting, you have poor core strength, you're not relaxed in the upper body or you're completely out of shape, then yes.

Approx01 01-13-09 05:15 PM

Yes

dmotoguy 01-13-09 05:24 PM

I had lower back pain when i first started riding my single speed cross bike offroad... but that was from trying to mash too big of a gear up dirt trails..

Carbon Unit 01-13-09 05:34 PM

I never stand when climbing and I have never experienced any problems with back pain. The only issue I have had is that I will feel a little knee pain if my candence drops much below 50 RPMs.

patentcad 01-13-09 05:38 PM

Diagnosing back pain can be impossible and is often complex. But the easiest thing to address is the bike fit, so start there. It's also a very likely cause, as gsteinb correctly observes.

aMull 01-13-09 05:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pdedes (Post 8172132)
no

Quote:

Originally Posted by patentcad (Post 8172145)
yes

Quote:

Originally Posted by gabdy (Post 8172164)
maybe

Quote:

Originally Posted by unbelievably (Post 8172205)
Sometimes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dheorl (Post 8172225)
Possibly

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 8172242)
it depends

Agreed.


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