Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Along the Rivers of Pittsburgh
Bikes: 2011 Novara Forza Hybrid, 2005 Trek 820, 1989 Cannondale SR500 Black Lightning, 1975 Mundo Cycles Caloi Racer
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I only take the pills when the dang thing acts up (as directed). I've got a muscle relaxant, an anti-inflamatory, and a pain killer. I don't take the pain killer unless it's rrrreeeaaaallllyyy bad (I don't like the sensation). I'm pretty comfortable on the bike, and haven't had any back trouble on it, ever. The issue for me is more like getting a spasm while lifting the bike. The unpredictability of it all is what is so troubling. I can do extremely heavy work, lifting, etc, without issue. Then something stupid puts my back out.
I guess I'll take my chances and pop a couple of days supply of pills in my pannier. It's not like I'm going that far - just two nights on the GAP trail in July. Still the thought of hobbling miles while pushing the bike gives me a moment of pause. The chances of it actually happening are probably pretty small. I can go 6 to 9 months without even a hint of a problem.
Last edited by Altair 4; 04-27-11 at 02:45 PM.