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2013-08-04 12:35 PM


Subject: Lower Back pain
How do I get my lower back to not feel like it is going to seize up while riding, it makes for a tough transition into the run... Any specific core exercises that can target that area?

2013-08-04 1:33 PM
in reply to: leeper22

Subject: RE: Lower Back pain
Low back pain is the leading work disability in this country. Not knowing how old you are, I would suggest going in for a workup and see if you have any alignment issues or other. Once this is reviewed, then appropriate exercises can be provided. Good luck.
2013-08-04 1:45 PM
in reply to: leeper22

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Harrisburg, PA
Subject: RE: Lower Back pain

There are several likely causes.  At the top of the list are bike fit, inadequate core strength to hold position for extended periods of time, and tight hip flexors.  Some more information will help you get better advice.  I'd suggest you share:

  • What type of bike are you riding?
  • Have you been professionally fit on your bike?
  • If so, were you fit to optimize aerodynamics or comfort?
  • What is your athletic background?
  • How long have you been riding?
  • Does it hurt at any other time, or only while riding?
  • Does it hurt on every ride, or only after x amount of time?
  • Does it hurt after riding?
  • How old are you?
  • Do you have a job that requires a lot of sitting?
2013-08-04 1:51 PM
in reply to: leeper22

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Sarasota, FL
Subject: RE: Lower Back pain

Sounds like it might be a bike fit problem.  My suggestion would be to have the fitter at your LBS take a look at your position.  Sometimes you have to trade off aero for comfort.

I have a history of lower back problems going back to my high school football days.  I do some stretching and some core exercises at the gym, but quite frankly the best way to build core strength for the bike is by riding more.


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