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Old 09-09-14, 07:57 AM
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Good day! New here and having come here at the suggestion of my husband who said this would be the place to get answers! I have been riding officially since purchasing my Suede Giant in April 2008. Last year I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis which is essentially that my lower spine vertebrae is dislocated/has slipped from the remaining spine. I am wondering if anyone else out there has this condition and if so, what sort of bike do you ride to help alleviate your pain? I can ride virtually pain free if I am out and about, but using my trainer over the winter months found that it aggravated my back so much I could not ride indoors. This got me to thinking that perhaps my bike is the culprit and not the trainer. I look forward to hearing any thoughts or suggestions!
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Given that there are several different types of spondys, several different causes, and differing degrees of severity, it's hard to make a blanket recommendation. However, I can say that core strengthening (as recommended by your doctor) can help. As for the bike and trainer, I'm assuming you're using the Suede for both road and trainer. Since you're pain-free on the road but in pain on the trainer, I'd look at the trainer itself. The trainer raises the back wheel slightly, and unless you raise the front wheel equally, the seat angle tilts forward, the seattube and headtube angles become steeper, the bars drop in relation to the saddle, etc. Put a book of the appropriate height under the front wheel so that the front and back wheels are level.
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Professional help from a physical therapist who knows bikes is the best place to start. Both my spine surgeon and physical therapist like to point out that every back situation is different.

I found a good bike fitter who understands the back issues as well, and that has helped me. My trainer bike is now slightly more relaxed than my outside bike and I have the front wheel up. I stand regularly too.
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A former chiropractor here, every spondy differs. Some patients I can adjust while others need some physiotherapy and can't handle the adjustment. It's really a try-it-and-see hit-and-miss approach to this problem.

Sounds to me as if your road bike is just fine for riding. Are you crouching forward on it compared to the trainer??? It sounds as if the trainer needs to be avoided.
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Greetings mrsdmahogany. I am three months out from a L5-S1 spinal fusion and still forbidden to ride anything but a recumbent indoor machine. With physical therapy three days a week I have worked up to four or five hours a day on it. Still cant walk without a cane. My point being that I hope you are able to get relief and real healing without surgery by following orders of your spine specialist and physical therapist and if you are lucky enough to still be riding a drop bar road bike make sure the fit is spot on. The spine is the core of your core muscles and it is imperative that you build them up. Good luck and welcome to BF.
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