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Old 10-07-04, 10:05 AM   #1
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Saddle Fore/Aft and Hip Pain

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A couple of rides ago I started getting this lower back pain. Today, I feel a pain that seems like it goes around my entire pelvic bone. The lower back is sore right where the hip becomes the back. And the front of my hips are sore right where thigh ends. There's even some soreness on the sides of the hips. The pain in the front of the hip feels alot like impact injury I got once from jogging in old, beat up sneakers. I didn't expect to feel that from riding. It's weird.

Recently I started moving the handle bars and seat around to lessen shoulder pain. (No more pain there, anyways. ) One effect of this was to end up with my knee about an inch or two behind the BB when the pedal's at 3 o'clock, and also I'm leaning forward a little more on the bike. I was wondering if this position would stress different muscles than I had been using, and if that was causing the pain.

Today, after about an hour my back just got tired, and it was hard to pedal. Almost like most of the pedallling effort needed to come from the back muscles. If it's just sore muscles due to a new position, then I'll just put up with the pain and figure it'll go away.
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hip pain

I found this old post about hip pain. If diggy 18 is still out there I have some info.

I stopped bicycling because of hip pain 20 years ago. This year I found out what the problem was: anterior femoroacetabular impingment. It has only recently been documented in the medical literature but you can find limited info on the web about it. It is a hip deformity of sorts that results in pain from the kind of repeated hip flexion that you get while bicycling.
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... One effect of this was to end up with my knee about an inch or two behind the BB when the pedal's at 3 o'clock, and also I'm leaning forward a little more on the bike...
Hey Diggy18. The description above doesn't sound right... unless you're a very talented contortionist . Is your knee 1-2" behind the pedal spindle, or is your hip 1-2" behind the BB?

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It could stress different muscles. One likely culprit is that of seat height. Most people don't adjust seat height with fore and aft changes in their saddle. They should. As you slide your seat fore and aft it changes the distance your legs must move. This can create a situation wherein the amount your legs flex changes (e.g. the more your legs flex the higher your knees travel and the more movement it places in the hip region.) Ask someone to watch you ride from behind. Tell them to look for any hip rocking. If they see it, there's a good chance this is what's causing your pain. It took me three months to isolate this for myself last season.
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