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Which position is easier on the back?

Old 06-01-07, 11:04 PM
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Which position is easier on the back?

I have 50 miles ahead of me today but my back is killing me. Should I use a more upright position or take it low? Or is there no difference, as long as the back is straight?
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Old 06-01-07, 11:11 PM
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The position on the couch is probably your best bet. Forsaking this, I'd go more upright.
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Old 06-01-07, 11:15 PM
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don't listen to those "flip it" people....if you want to be more comfy on your bike have the stem flipped so it's angled upward...i ride with mine flipped upward...its a 7 degree up angle..not much but it saves my back!
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Old 06-01-07, 11:16 PM
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also, if you dont want to flip it, make sure your hamstrings are really stretched out before and after you ride...good luck!
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Old 06-02-07, 02:59 AM
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If my back was killing me, I wouldn't ride 50 miles until it's better, but hey .... that's just me.
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most coach's have a phrase that goes something like "when in doubt, leave it out". An injury will cause you to lose alot more ridding time, vs the gain of one 50 mile ride. Remember that increase in fitness happens while your body recovers, so think of a day off as another day you spend getting stronger.

Upright is almost always better for your back, and stretching out hamstrings is something that takes a while.
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Not knowing the complete issue with your back take a day off if your back bothers you a lot when you ride. I have a friend that hurt their I.T. band and the doctor told them to rest. They didn't do it and instead of being a week to recover it's taken 2 months of rest and limited running and biking. JMO the back is something you do not want to screw up.
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i went from angle up to down and felt it in my back so I am switching it back to up.
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My back gives me some problems sometimes. Oddly, at times it helps to work it out. Other times a little rest is in order. The bad thing is I never am sure what will work until I try.
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Originally Posted by John Wilke
If my back was killing me, I wouldn't ride 50 miles until it's better, but hey .... that's just me.
^What JW said.....
It's pretty simple really.

You do it and your body is going to do bad things to compensate for the pain.
It's not worth it in the big picture.

Let it go.

EDIT***Oh, I see the date of your post now....Friday....did you end up going anyway?
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Old 06-02-07, 09:47 AM
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Yup, I ended up going and it all went OK. I used a pretty upright position and my back did not bother me much at all. I did a few streching-breaks along the way and it was all good
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Try bending more at the waist and reaching less with your shoulders.
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