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What Pains Do You Live With to Cycle?

Old 05-02-22, 09:12 PM
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Old 05-02-22, 09:56 PM
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Oh yeah, never had problems with hand numbness until last year. Will have to try squeezing one of those spring things. Thanks
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
I doubt that I am unique in putting up with a cycling related pain or discomfort so that I can continue to do what I enjoy. I am not seeking advice on how to cure my ills but want to see what people are willing to put up with to stay up on their sport.

For mountain biking, I am willing to put up the next day with a sore back due to the impacts incurred. For me having to take ibuprofen for a day is well worth it.
For road biking, I tend to develop a sore left scapula. Initially it was like a stabbing pain but with a shorter stem, exercises and massage, it has become more of a minor irritant rather than a major pain.

So what do you put up with?
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Old 05-02-22, 11:18 PM
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Lack of sleep. I’m waking up at 5:45 tomorrow to hit the morning group ride before work. Also my butt hurts
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Old 05-02-22, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
The "real" cyclist are always saying no pain no gain. As far as I am concerned you can put that where the sun dont shine.
Another invented adversary with whom to wage your imaginary battle.
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Some chafing at times that I notice after riding. Don't notice it so much on the ride but get in the shower and it lets you know. Stings for a bit but then gone.
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I have significant arthritis in my hands and neck, and have suffered grade III A-C separations in both my shoulders. I pre-medicate with ibuprofen before I ride, and that keeps me tolerably pain-free for 3-4 hours. After that, I get increasingly miserable, so my rides have gotten shorter as I age.
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Old 05-03-22, 08:51 AM
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none so far
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Old 05-03-22, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuck M View Post
As my spring half marathon season is winding down, I'm spending more time on my Trek so the contact points on my tuchas are a bit tender getting used to the stock Bontrager saddle. I suppose I should see that as an indicator I need a saddle upgrade, but my ass eventually toughens up so I don't worry about it much.
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Old 05-03-22, 03:26 PM
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For more than a decade I would have heartburn symptoms while cycling. . It became so bad that I would have to stop numerous times. I was treated by quite a few doctors with acid reflux medication. Nothing helped. Five years ago I had knee surgery. After the surgery I told the doctor that I did not feel well. The next day I had quadruple bypass surgery. It was like a miracle. I now cycle without pain.
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Old 05-03-22, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
My pain comes from an injury completely unrelated to riding. I have to put up with it if I want to continue riding. Has nothing to do with being a "real" cyclist, Wolfie, I mean Mr. Bent. You going to start trying to debase people who suffer through no fault of their own?
At 84 I normally have some lower back pain, but when I ride my trike, it seems to help the pain go away.
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I have had 5 right shoulder surgeries and three left knee surgeries. I need surgery on both of my knees. I have arthritis in my neck, scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. I hurt whether I ride or not. As long as I don't push big gears, my knees do okay. The shoulder complains loudly. If not for bicycling, I don't know what kind of exercise I'd get. Fortunately bicycling transports me a great mental space and delivers me to my spiritual center.
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So what do you put up with?
My wife.
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I don't have any significant pains, but I sometimes feel it in my left leg, which I was told was slightly shorter than the right leg. I tried a shim once, but had to remove it mid-ride, as it was far worse than nothing.
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Old 05-03-22, 06:33 PM
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Cycling is not a painful activity and should not cause chronic pains and aches...and if it does then it means you are doing something wrong or riding a wrong type of a bike.
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I endure the psychological pain of knowing I no longer have the fitness of my 25 yr old self and I am 15 lbs over cycling weight.

Ahhh youth!
Wasted on the young!
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Cycling is not a painful activity and should not cause chronic pains and aches...and if it does then it means you are doing something wrong or riding a wrong type of a bike or you are getting the disease of old age.
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Sometimes I get a woody while riding, and I have to hope it will dissipate by the next time I stop, so no one sees it. I guess we all have our crosses to bear...
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Sometimes I get a woody while riding, and I have to hope it will dissipate by the next time I stop, so no one sees it. I guess we all have our crosses to bear...
Don't get the new Assos bib shorts fashioned for hipsters, you'll be arrested for exposure.
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Don't get the new Assos bib shorts fashioned for hipsters, you'll be arrested for exposure.
Yeah, tri shorts are obviously out, too.
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Cycling is not a painful activity and should not cause chronic pains and aches...and if it does then it means you are doing something wrong or riding a wrong type of a bike.
You’re doing it wrong!

It’s all about how much pain you can suffer for 3-4 hours!

Now shut up and PULL!

(the name of that road up above is Payne road!).

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Sometimes I get a woody while riding, and I have to hope it will dissipate by the next time I stop, so no one sees it. I guess we all have our crosses to bear...
That's a hard situation to be in.
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Sometimes I get a woody while riding, and I have to hope it will dissipate by the next time I stop, so no one sees it. I guess we all have our crosses to bear...
Maybe should ask the name of the bibs or shorts you wear so we can stay away from them.
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I know 4 guys who ride recumbents and they all say they have bad backs and necks from years of riding road bikes. I’d love to try a recumbent sometime, see how much more comfortable it is, I know it’s a lot faster as I spend a lot of time drafting theses guys when I’m on my TT bike!
I switched to a recumbent about 20 years ago. Eventually I got into ultracycling and randonneuring on the 'bent. My story was, my upright friends would finish a brevet tired and sore, while I'd finish tired. In reality, on a 600k or longer, I'd deal with low back and butt pain from tens of hours in the same position. On a normal length ride, the 'bent is absolutely pain free, aside from what comes from effort.

Two years ago I built up an upright bike, to see if I could do randonneuring upright. After a pro fitting and many tweaks, I completed a SR series and a 1200k.

So what hurts, you ask?

Butt, first and foremost. So much butt pain, pretty much anything over 200k is increasingly painful. I spend more and more time out of the saddle as the miles go on.

Next is a tossup between low back and hands. The back I address by stretching, and hands by moving hand position. It's tolerable.

The funny thing is, I switched to a bent because I couldn't ride 25 miles on an upright without unbearable low-back pain. Now, with fit tweaks and 20 years older at 61, I can do a 40 or 50 mile ride on the upright pain free.

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