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Old 10-30-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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Back hurts after riding. Help!

So I work a pretty labor intensive day. Riding into work is no problem, but since I've started riding my back hurts after I get home later in the day. It's right in between my shoulders, and it's pretty unconfortable. I'm a new rider, bike is an sv, I'm a little under 6'. So I'm wondering what could make my back hurt? Here are a couple of thing's that I've thought could be the cause.

-poor riding position
-cheap seven something helmet is kinda heavy, might not even be wearing it right
-catch myself too tight on bars sometimes, being new I'm constantly paying attention to traffic and maybe a little to stressed sometimes especially on the ride home when there's more traffic
-maybe the bars are in a bad position

any help would be appreciated because I love riding too much to stop.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
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Could you be out of shape? It takes a little time to get use to it.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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most likely lack of muscular endurance in the muscles that are sore.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:08 PM   #4
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awww I'm a big sissy... that's not what I wanted to hear
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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Try relaxing. It sounds stupid, but it'd been a few years since I had ridden when I bought this bike. I was sore as for a while until I realized that I was tensing up when I rode. Also, try bending your elbows a little more. There are several other things to try......... bend at the waist in different ways, try dropping your elbows and bringing them in towards your body some. If you just move and shift every few miles, you will eventually find your particular sweet spot.

Also, what bluewave18 and v4lu3s said is very true. Believe it or not, on just about any bike, you have to train your muscles. It's not just the seating position, but the jarring and abuse that your muscles take from bumps in the road, you tensing and moving, etc. There are forces at work on your body while you ride that it won't get any other time.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:21 PM   #7
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It happens when you start to ride, happened to me to. My neck started to hurt and my back. More riding and after two days it will go away..
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Try relaxing. It sounds stupid, but it'd been a few years since I had ridden when I bought this bike. I was sore as for a while until I realized that I was tensing up when I rode. Also, try bending your elbows a little more. There are several other things to try......... bend at the waist in different ways, try dropping your elbows and bringing them in towards your body some. If you just move and shift every few miles, you will eventually find your particular sweet spot.

Also, what bluewave18 and v4lu3s said is very true. Believe it or not, on just about any bike, you have to train your muscles. It's not just the seating position, but the jarring and abuse that your muscles take from bumps in the road, you tensing and moving, etc. There are forces at work on your body while you ride that it won't get any other time.
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also maybe trying to hold on with your legs more by squeezing with you knees and engaging your abs. this enables you to bend your elbows more and place less pressure on your upper body.

most people carry their stress (physical as well as emotional) in their upper back so the combination of working at your labor intensive job all day and with having a death grip on your bars will ultimately reak havoc on the muscles in your upper back and neck.

hope some of this helps
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:27 PM   #9
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Helmet weight does make a difference. Those muscles between the shoulders can be stressed from the neck forcing the head forward due to the oncoming wind.


Take strides.... and rest your head on a contour pillow none at all.
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It's not that uncommon ,you wanna really get sore ride a 50 for a few hours. Heavy helmet is a myth your neck will get used to it in a week or 2 .
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:29 PM   #11
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yea my body aches when i dont ride for a few...especially me knees...but if your new its just something your going to have to deal with for a few days
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You are working muscles that dont get worked usually. Training them wont take long. Its like doing reverse butterfly. At first you get sore as cause its a crazy motion using rarely used muscles.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:58 PM   #14
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thats what I was thinkin!
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:16 PM   #15
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could it be old age!!!!lol!!!!
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avoid the death grip on the bars, definatly, its a common problem for new riders.
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Just like with any type of physical activity that you first begin, it doesn't matter how "in shape" you are, you're going to put your muscles through a little abuse in a way that they haven't seen before. you may be a body builder that works out every muscle, but if you ride a bicycle, you're gonna get sore becuase you don't work out the muscles in the same manner as lifting weights.

As you get used to riding more and you're able to relax, the muscles you use to control the vibrations of the bike as you go over bumps and take turns will get used to it and the soreness will go away.

my throttle hand/wrist/arm was hella sore for the first month after i got mine, but it got used to it and i learned to loosen up and relax a little.

if all the suggestions/advise in this thread has been exhausted and you're still sore, spring for a massage. you can't go wrong there. especially if it comes with a happy ending.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:47 AM   #19
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Its not old age phuckers...... ...j/k



Im old and dont get sore anymore.

Wait my back is killing me this morning. Seriously, try using your knees and abs to help hold your body in position. I used to get sore in the upper back area. Youll get used to it in time.
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Wanna get sore? Ride my '92 GXSR 750. I'm a LOT more stretched out than the newer bikes. I practically lay on the tank whe I ride.
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