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Hip Flexor Pain - What is the saddle position fix for this?

Old 06-25-10, 08:44 PM
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Hip Flexor Pain - What is the saddle position fix for this?

Started to get a slight pain in my left hip flexor today, it was my first day on this particular bike. I've never had this type of pain before. I stopped about 5 minutes in and raised my saddle a little bit, could this have been the culprit?

The top half of my body feels fine position wise. What is the correct saddle fix for this? Seat higher, lower, forward, back?
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Raising the saddle may have contributed to it. I had a similar problem after having a fitting done at a local bike shop. It also recurred last year when I was doing a lot of weight in the gym on the back extension machine, and a lot of riding (by my standards).

I would suggest lowering your saddle to the original height, and once the pain subsides, try moving it up very gradually again. Starting a stretching routine may help as well. Icing after rides would probably be a good idea as well.

I've read that a seat position that is a bit more forward may be beneficial for people with tight hip flexors, but I haven't really seen a consensus on it.

I hope this helps!
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I have a 60 miler tomorrow, I would really appreciate any help!!
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The simple answer is get a pro fitting done. Anything else is just speculation.
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Your hip flexors are tight because you are a cyclist, you need to stretch otherwise the tissue, ligaments, muscles in the lower back and legs will just continue to tighten and pull against one another. Do you have a desk job and sit most of the time? Took me 3 months to get the tightness worked out of my back and hips, now with regular maintenance I have no tightness on or off the bike.
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Originally Posted by HigherGround
Raising the saddle may have contributed to it. I had a similar problem after having a fitting done at a local bike shop. It also recurred last year when I was doing a lot of weight in the gym on the back extension machine, and a lot of riding (by my standards).

I would suggest lowering your saddle to the original height, and once the pain subsides, try moving it up very gradually again. Starting a stretching routine may help as well. Icing after rides would probably be a good idea as well.


I've read that a seat position that is a bit more forward may be beneficial for people with tight hip flexors, but I haven't really seen a consensus on it.

I hope this helps!
All good advice.
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Thanks for all the help/advice! I decided to cancel my ride tomorrow and take it easy until Tuesday. A friend tonight told me that my pain is from pulling UP too hard on the pedals, which makes complete sense. I did my hard intervals on Thursday which included 5 laps pushing the biggest gear I could, then rode on Friday harder than I wanted to which probably aggravated anything I may have tweaked on Thursday, and tada. Today it really hurt.

Icing and Ibuprofen will hopefully do the trick. No 66 mile climbing ride for me!
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If you haven't ever used a foam roller for myfascial relief on your legs, I'd highly recommend one. Even if you correct the original problem, it can be hard to get your legs back to normal without some therapy.

https://epmt.wordpress.com/2009/06/02...lists-and-you/

My sports med therapist prescribed this to me when I was recovering from knee surgery. It's fantastic post-ride.
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Also check your cleat placement - if your feet are not perfectly aligned and are being twisted slightly inwards, that can also cause pain in that area. I kept getting aggravated piriformis and the solution for me was to move my cleats outward & back a little.

Another thing I have been playing with recently is John Cobb's suggestion on the cobbcycling website to turn the nose of the saddle half-a-nose-width in one direction of the other. That has also greatly improved my ride comfort.

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Originally Posted by obiwan kenobi
Your hip flexors are tight because you are a cyclist, you need to stretch otherwise the tissue, ligaments, muscles in the lower back and legs will just continue to tighten and pull against one another. Do you have a desk job and sit most of the time? Took me 3 months to get the tightness worked out of my back and hips, now with regular maintenance I have no tightness on or off the bike.
your answer is pretty much here. don't skimp on the stretching after your rides and throughout the day. I'm not a big advicate of stretching before a ride but after is extremely important.
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