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Old 03-01-17, 02:13 PM
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Most comfortable type of bike?

I am dealing with Lyme disease and have pretty bad joint and back pain. I am looking for a comfortable bike where I can sit of straight without bending over of leaning forward. I was thinking a hybrid bike or maybe a mountain bike. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-01-17, 02:32 PM
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The most comfy bike I ever rode is a KHS Westwood. And I say this as someone with a herniated disc (L5S1) + gallbladder removal. The Trek Shift is pretty comfy too though.
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Old 03-01-17, 02:35 PM
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Unicycle or a recumbent.
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Old 03-01-17, 02:42 PM
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I'd say a recumbent.
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Old 03-01-17, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by bassboss View Post
I am dealing with Lyme disease and have pretty bad joint and back pain. I am looking for a comfortable bike where I can sit of straight without bending over of leaning forward. I was thinking a hybrid bike or maybe a mountain bike. Any suggestions?

Oh man, I empathize. I have had Lyme TWICE. It is nasty.


I can tell you what I did to "effectively cure" it in a PM if you want to know. Anyway, it would really help to know what money you want to spend and the TYPE of riding you will be doing... Just as a general rule I would say get a used mountain bike and put slick tires or NOT KNOBBY tires on it if you are riding on roads and around town mostly. Raise the handlebars as high as you are confortable (but make sure there is enough stem in the frame to get a good grip). Everyone I know who just got into biking or had back pain loves the mountain bike with slick or low tread tires for street use.
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Old 03-01-17, 03:14 PM
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A bike I have always liked is the Linus "Roadstar 8 if you need that many gears or the Roaster Sport for 3 speed. Upright riding position, pull back bars, comfortable bike. I ride a similar designed bike and have fibromyalgia so I somewhat understand your pain. If you have more money look at the Rivendells. The larger volume tires will help soften the ride.
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Old 03-01-17, 03:22 PM
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How/ where do you want to ride?
How much are you willing to spend?
'Bents are nice, but get fairly expensive If you want one that do well on climbs and poor roads.
Cruisers - if geared properly - are comfy for shorter rides.
A full-sus MTB can provide a cushy ride too.
If you have no intention of pushing it, you can even get away with a fairly inexpensive one.
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Old 03-01-17, 07:31 PM
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Recumbent.
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Old 03-01-17, 07:43 PM
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I'd say visit several bike shops and test out several styles. Buy what feels right.
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Old 03-01-17, 09:42 PM
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FWIW I have kind of a messed up lower spine with degenerative discs and having some forward lean and supporting some weight with my hands is more comfortable for me than being upright.
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Old 03-01-17, 10:34 PM
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FWIW I have kind of a messed up lower spine with degenerative discs and having some forward lean and supporting some weight with my hands is more comfortable for me than being upright.
+1 It really depends on the kind of damage and problem. I too have bad discs L3-5 and find being upright seems to jam the connective tissue and cause stress over any bumps, minor or not. By riding at about a 60 degree angle, it seems to separate the discs slightly as I stretch out and bend, and my back can not only absorb shock better, but that little stretch seems to have reduced my pain. Since I started riding my bike set this way, I have used very few NSAIDS whereas I was popping them daily before.

You will need to test out a prospective ride, and a quick twirl around a shop is not going to give you an adequate test. I would suggest renting some different style bikes - it doesn't matter about the components - just try different body alignments and see over an hour or so what feels best when you get up the next morning.
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Old 03-01-17, 10:48 PM
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Other than a recumbent, look at comfort hybrids. These generally have suspension forks (usually simple springs, good enough for 8-12 mph cruising on rough pavement and most gravel/chat trails); take wider tires (700x40 or wider); may have longer than usual wheelbases (feels very stable on sketchy and rough gravel); longer than usual stems to raise or lower as preferred, or adjustable stems that add some fore/aft adjustments; padded saddles and/or suspension seat post to cushion the ride even more.

Look for something like the Trek Verve, DS1, and similar bikes from just about every maker -- Giant, Cannondale, Specialized, Raleigh, Jamis, REI's house brands (Novara, Co-Op, Ghost, I think) and many others. They'll all have pretty comparable components within the same price range. Test ride 'em and pick one from the shop that offers the best warranty service -- at least a free basic adjustment and/or tuneup within the first few weeks or months.

I started on exactly that type of comfort hybrid in 2015 when I resumed cycling after 30+ years. In 2001 six of my vertebrae in my back were cracked and the C2 neck vertebrae was broken into splinters. I needed a cane for longer walks until 2013. So I was looking for a very gentle ride, not like the road bike I'd last ridden when I was younger and healthier.

It was a great way to ease back into riding. Last August I added a rigid fork hardtail mountain bike but I still enjoy riding the big ol' heavy comfort hybrid on achy days -- including 13 miles Wednesday on a favorite rural route with rough asphalt and chip seal and broken glass and drywall screws and nails and staples and all sorts of debris from construction crews and the various bars and stripper joints along the route. Those 700x40 puncture proof tires help a lot when I'm not in the mood for roadside flat repairs. I plucked some broken glass from the tread after the ride, but nothing penetrated the puncture resistant shield.

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I started out with the stem fully extended and the original riser bars. Over time I lowered the stem.



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Then, several months ago as my back and neck strength and flexibility improved, I swapped handlebars from another bike and put on flat bars that lowered the handlebar just above saddle height. It's about right for days when I'm not comfortable on the mountain bike.



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Old 03-01-17, 11:04 PM
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Probably a recumbent with an adjustable seat back that you can adjust to your most comfortable position.
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Old 03-02-17, 01:40 AM
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I'm rehabbing from being hit and run over last year, and I had many herniated and degenerating discs and other skeletal, tendon, and joint issues before that even happened. I have displaced bones that the surgeons decided to leave where they are, and I'm still suffering from some paralyses. I ended up in a convalescent hospital for some time. Now I say all that to tell you about a few things that have really helped me out, and made it so that I can at least ride a bicycle.

First and foremost is "bike fit". If your fit is not right, nothing else you do will work like it should. So bike fit is number one. Once you have that right, make sure the bike is properly geared for your needs and your body. With those two required items completed, I'd suggest getting this particular suspension seat-post I'm linking you to below. This, along with the seat I'm using along with it, has made a huge difference for me.

I tried about 8 or so different seats. I finally settled on this one as the most ergonomically correct for me, including for my man-parts. There is also a wider version available if that's what you need.
Selle Royal - Men's Respiro Moderate

I also installed this suspension seat-post, and I can tell you this combination has been amazing for me. The seat practically disappears beneath you, and it literally feels like you're riding on air, with absolutely zero hot-spots or pressure points at all. All jarring and impacts to my spine have been virtually eliminated. Discomfort simply no-longer exists with this setup for me.
Suntour - NCX P12 Suspension Seat-post

I hope this helps.
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