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Sam123

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With the saddle being lowered to where its meant to be hasn't really changed position on the bike as i can still have the ability to get like that below im still getting all the same pains lower back and gooch burning

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Dave Cutter

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Originally Posted by Sam123 .

Yes i have muscle imbalances i do core exercises and stretching my left side is tighter then the right side due to my bulge on the left saw specialist today on backs he said about taking more tablets like codeine still alot of basic stuff to do before the aggressive stuff like acupuncture another manipulation and something about burning the disc/bulge or something?
Maybe I am seeing something that you didn't actually post. But I read this as... you have an injury. Having a back problem isn't the end of the world... but most can't be fixed with adjusting a bicycle saddle ether.

The exercises you do should help in time... the greater the strength you develop... the better the results [or at least that has been my experience].
 

alienator

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What kind of cadence are you turning? As for the gooch burning, you may have to continue your search for a saddle that works better.
 

swampy1970

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Originally Posted by Sam123 .

With the saddle being lowered to where its meant to be hasn't really changed position on the bike as i can still have the ability to get like that below im still getting all the same pains lower back and gooch burning

http://i47.tinypic.com/2e4c9io.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/5s13b.jpg
You position looks good and you seem to be giving the folks in the pics some grief. Looks like you're doing OK.

I would like to add that a power meter is a good thing to have in situations like this. It removes the notion of "feeling" more powerful from the equation. Either you put out more power or you don't. If you can remove that point from the equation then you're left with just comfort. Do you feel more comfortable and still put out the same power (as measured by the power meter)?

Following on from that - do those changes make you faster? It is a race after all. Can you make it through the race with a 'liveable' amount of comfort (or discomfort) but ride in a position that optimizes speed rather than comfort and power?
 

Dr Lodge

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Just an observation from looking at the photos. Your legs seem a little more bent than I would imagine they should be, and your arms are well bent. It looks like you might be a little "hunched up" or "compressed" in the torso.
 

Sam123

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changed position again. higher saddle, saddle set back more less spacers, dont feel as sqaure now
 

Sam123

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done 60 miles today felt pain in my lower back on left side around where the disc bulge is but didnt get much pain to the right which is improvement. My neck did ache aswell
 

alienator

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Ok, you're more stretched out. I know you likely already are, but for the sake of your back and bulging disc, I'd advise you to keep a close eye on that. Being more stretched out could reduce the load on that disc.....again, could.
 

daveryanwyoming

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Internet fits are subject to a lot of problems as they don't do a good job of accounting for things like your functional range of motion, flexibility or comfort. But internet fitting advice based on race photos shot from varying angles is almost worthless.

If you want fit advice, post a video shot square from the side of you riding a trainer or rollers in your tops, hoods, and drop position and under reasonable load. At least then the critical angles like max and min knee angle, hip angle, etc. can be reasonably evaluated. It's hard to do much more than that from what you've posted other than observe you're apparently able to ride a pretty aggressive position even with a bit of a lower back hump that could be from lack of pelvic tilt or could be a fitting or functional flexibility issue.

If you want more input then post some side shot fixed trainer videos or links to videos.

-Dave
 

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