[quote=“Maoman”]I have similar problems. I got my bike cheap - brand new Giant for 5k from a foreign businessman who bought it when he came and then put it in his junk room for two years, without ever having ridden it once. Problem is, it’s a 19" frame. It feels small on me. I’ve raised the seat and the handlebars as much as I can, and my legs are fine now, but my upper body feels, well, stressed. I find if I shift my riding position so that I’m resting my hands on the handlebar with the upper part of my palm (the place where callouses might form if one were to spend a day shoveling gravel), then my torso feels less stressed, but that’s obviously not do-able for any length of time.
wookie, sulavaca, Mother T, any others in the know, what’s the problem here? My legs and lungs (surprisingly!) aren’t doing badly at all when I bike to work (26kms round trip) but my hands hurt, and my back feels stressed. Do I need a new bike?
Edit: oh, and my ass hurts too.[/quote]
Most of these problems are due to the back being in nearly constant flexion while riding. The flexed position is held for too long overstressing the flexor muscles and I seriously doubt you’re compensating by lengthening the spinal extensors during the day. Stretching alone isn’t going to solve the problem, unfortunately. You’ll need to strengthen the flexors and stretch the extensors.
Your butt is likely hurting because you aren’t getting enough glute and hamstring use from the riding. sitting all day (as many people do) and then sitting on the bike doesn’t cut it. This is pretty common among riders.
Finally, your hip adductors are likely very tight because there’s no lateral movement in biking.
Most of these are posterior chain problems and I don’t want to seem self-promoting but there’s an ideal solution to these problems:
The kettlebell swing that Armstrong is doing is a nearly perfect exercise to undo the imbalances caused by too much cycling. It works the posterior chain more efficiently than anything I know. Kettlebell cosack squats are ideal for hitting the hip adductors, too. And they’re fairly simple exercises to learn.
If anyone would like more info on how to rehab this stuff, please let me know.