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Old 07-11-07, 07:49 AM
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Back Ache

I started biking to work (once a week for now) and opted to use a backpack to take clothes with me, instead of keeping a set at the office. I've only ridden in a few times now, and about 3/4 of the way through my ride, my back starts to hurt. I know back pains aren't an unsual thing, especially if you've a backpack, but anyone got any suggestions on how to keep backpacking it without backaching it? Should the pack be at the small of my back, or higher up on my back? I dunno, I dunno...

BTW, I'm riding a road bike, 17 mile commute (each way), flat to rolling hills along the way.
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Old 07-11-07, 08:29 AM
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Are you sure the backpack is the cause of the pain?

Have you previously ridden that distance without a backpack and had no pain?
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Can you leave a pair of shoes and slacks at work to lower the weight you're carrying?

Also, I leave a towel, soap, shampoo and deodorant at work so that I don't have to carry as much.
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Old 07-13-07, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by SDRider
Can you leave a pair of shoes and slacks at work to lower the weight you're carrying?

Also, I leave a towel, soap, shampoo and deodorant at work so that I don't have to carry as much.
Yeah, I think that's the way to go...I didn't want to have to deal with the leaving a pair of shoes, etc., but I already have a towel and the toiletries here, so I might as well leave a set of clothes here too. I've ridden these distances and much long with no back problems before...but these past commutes...man, I'm hurting after about mile 10.
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