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Old 03-24-15, 07:03 AM
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Lower Back Pain - Trainer Rides

Several weeks ago I had a re-fitting with a highly respected fitter here in Indy. Significant changes were made. Raising the saddle, moved it back slightly, changed the saddle, lowered the stem and went to a greater neg stem as well. At the time here in Indianapolis, winter was in full stride. I was riding indoors on the trainer doing my normal Trainer Road and Zwift workouts. As weather permitted I was able to get outside a little more in the past few weeks. If it matters, I had back surgery about 18 years ago L5S1. Lower back pain is something I have to be careful of and that is why I cycle, not run.

Now, on the the 'pain'. Within the first week of the changes I reported back to the fitter about lower back pain. After discussion I changed out my saddle, at the same time, weather improved and I rode outside about 75% of the time. Wth multiple 50+ mi rides I had no back issues to report. This week I'm back on the trainer, and noticed the lower back pain seems to be coming back. Last night I rode almost entirely on the hoods and sitting upright. It was a 75min active recovery spin that averaged about 60% of my FTP.

It seems to me that something is different about my riding style when on the trainer. Has anyone else faced a similar issue?
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Old 03-24-15, 08:49 AM
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No, sorry. You could try standing every 10 minutes.

Most trainers don't allow the bike to move freely the way it would on the road or on rollers, so that's a possibility. Try working on pedaling circles while on the trainer, thus putting less strain on your back and putting less motion into the bike.
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Yep, sure have. I've found the key to moving between machines is copying the Handlebar-Seat-Pedal relationship from one to the other. I got one that I was happy with and copied its' measurements to the others. The trainer isn't as infinitely adjustable as the bikes so couldn't get it exact. But, close enough for hour long rides. Can't force my self to use a trainer more than that at one crack.
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Old 03-24-15, 04:18 PM
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I was assuming that the OP meant that they put their regular road bike on a trainer and were not using a spin or exercise bike. Correct?
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
I was assuming that the OP meant that they put their regular road bike on a trainer and were not using a spin or exercise bike. Correct?
I took it that the OP had separate bikes; one road and one trainer. But, you might be correct.
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