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Tri Bike Better for Bad backs?

Old 08-31-04, 12:48 PM
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Tri Bike Better for Bad backs?

i am in the process of buying a new bike. I also have chronic upper and lower back pain that unfortunately I will deal with forever. I probably average between 20-30 mile rides 2 to 3 times a week as time allows. Would a tri bike be easier on my back for those distances. I am not looking for all out racing performance(as I dont race).The group i ride with are probably b+ level riders.Just looking to ease the pain.
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I don't think it matters whether it's a Tri bike, Road bike, Sports touring bike, touring bike etc etc. What DOES matter sinc eyou have back pains is the right length and RISE of the stem and also the type of handlbar that you use. But STEM is critical for people with back problems.

I'm relatively young and do not have back problems, but I use to ride with the handlbars lower than the seat and I use to have neck pains after a long ride. Now, I installed an adjustable stem with the handlebars above the seat and man, the difference in comfort is like night to day.

Get the right stem. Get an adjustable. After you figured it out, you may want to get a lighter then with the same measurements, but I'll take comfort over lightness any day.
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excellent. thank you
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You should check into a Softride. I've heard that they have helped some folks deal with back pain.
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Originally Posted by Gonzo Bob
You should check into a Softride.
is that a recumbent?
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no, its a bike that doesn't have a seat tube. instead, its got a CF beam that extends out towards the back wheel that is attached to the top tube near the stem, and the seat is located on that beam. the beam absorbs shock, which is one of the problems that people have with upright bikes. the geometry can be about the same as a regualr bike, it just looks kinda funny.
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Old 08-31-04, 04:37 PM
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To complicate matters, when you raise the handlebars, you shorten your reach and put more weight on your butt, which puts more stress on your lower back and may cause discomfort from the saddle. If you are buying a new bike, go to a shop that will take time to fit you with consideration of your back problems.
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I have scoliosis which causes some interesting back problems... I had a bike with a short elevated stem, that just absoloutely killed me, so I went to a shop, got measured and totally refitted for my bike (which I bought at a different store that wouldn't take the time) I was given a more traditional stem (flat and out) Its taken some time for my arms and abs to adjust to my weight being forward more (I now have a more traditional racing position) but it has all but cured the discomfort I had in my lower back...
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Originally Posted by Jakey
... I was given a more traditional stem (flat and out) Its taken some time for my arms and abs to adjust to my weight being forward more (I now have a more traditional racing position) but it has all but cured the discomfort I had in my lower back...
yup, same here... originally the stem on my sirrus was a 17 degree upright, which was cool when i had a flatbar, but it got boring for me.. .so, in july... i changed it to a TT style and flipped the stem upside down. since then.. all my weight is mainly in the front and makes my back more comfortable now. funny thing is.. when i'm on a climb last time, i leaned forward too much that the back wheel didn't grip too well and kinda slipped like i'm about to peel out.. lol.
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Originally Posted by ruirui
...... funny thing is.. when i'm on a climb last time, i leaned forward too much that the back wheel didn't grip too well and kinda slipped like i'm about to peel out.. lol.

This happens to me all the time, when I am really pushing it going uphill. I think this the result of most of the weight transferring to the front wheel so the back is loosing traction
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