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Old 05-07-2009, 03:56 AM   #1
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Bad back

I have tendonitis in my back, so it can get very sore after riding.

Can anyone help me to adjust my bike so it can help to relieve some of the pain? I have thought about getting a totally new bike, but I'm not sure I want to spend the money. Right now what hurts is bending over to reach my handlebars.


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Old 06-01-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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Go meet with a professional to adapt your bike to you...

The stock settings on my bike were not correct for my body size and it was immediately visible to my coach, who is a Serrota Trained fitting specialist.

He changed the stem on my handle bars and it really helped me out.

I would look at fitting your bike before buying a new bike



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Old 06-01-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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Go meet with a professional to adapt your bike to you...

The stock settings on my bike were not correct for my body size and it was immediately visible to my coach, who is a Serrota Trained fitting specialist.

He changed the stem on my handle bars and it really helped me out.

I would look at fitting your bike before buying a new bike
I would have to agree, there really is nothing in the world like a correctly fitting bike.
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:50 PM   #4
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Yes, professional help can do wonders for you. It sounds like you need to raise the bars up and maybe bring them back towards you by putting on a high rise stem. Different frames will have different geometry of the head tube angle, top tube length, seat tube angle, all these things will have an effect on the feel and your position on the bike. You may also need to alter the way you ride. But again, professional help may be required for that.

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Old 08-21-2009, 03:40 AM   #5
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Try this fit calculator: CompetitiveCyclist

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Old 08-22-2009, 02:42 AM   #6
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Rido R2 Saddle

Check out this saddle, it may be just the ticket for you. Rido R2

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Old 11-12-2010, 08:15 PM   #7
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Re bad back

Your problem sounds like mine except it was my neck that killed me unless I rode sitting up nearly perpendicular to the ground. To achieve that on a road or mountain bike would have required an extremely long stem extension or else not having proper leg extension. I changed to a comfort bike with high-rise bars and now ride in comfort, though wind and hills are more of a problem. At my age the comfort bike is safer and more practical.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:44 AM   #8
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Well it would depend on exactly what the problem with fit was and is. My comfort issue was solved with a semi recumbent and many people with back problems find that a recumbent is the way to go.

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Old 11-13-2010, 03:16 PM   #9
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What part of your back hurts? And what kind of bike are you riding (hybrid, commuter, road, mtb, etc...)?

I have a real bad lower back and shoulder so fit is everything for me. I still experience some pain after long rides, but I don't think that will ever change. My bike fitting certainly reduced the discomfort though.

I agree with everyone else, getting a professional fit could mean everything in the world.

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Old 11-14-2010, 01:57 AM   #10
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The prescription for tendonitis is usually stretching. Are you getting it treated? I think too many people throw out the "get a professional fitting" advice way to quickly. If it's that complicated to get the bike to fit right, there's something wrong. But you should at least consult a physical therapist to find out what you can do to alleviate the problem. That in itself should point you to what you may want to do with your bike.

I won't say the "R" word because tendonitis is a temporary thing and buying a new bike is more long-term.



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