Question: I’m 43 and ride about 70 miles per week. I recently changed seatposts and moved my saddle rearward. Now my back gets sore, especially when climbing hills. What should I do? — Pat C.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Having the seat too far back is a leading cause of low-back pain.
This isn’t to say that a rearward position is wrong. But when making such a change, don’t go the entire distance all at once or your body may suffer.
Instead, move to the new position in increments, with several rides between each adjustment to allow adaptation. (This goes for any position adjustment that’s more than 2-3 millimeters.)
Moving the saddle took your back out of its “comfort zone.” Try moving it forward half the distance you moved it back and see if that makes a difference. If your back feels fine after several rides, continue moving the saddle rearward in increments till it’s where you want it.
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Mitch Askenas says
The first question should be: Why did you change the seatpost and move your saddle rearward?
It would be great for you to explain if there is any performance benefit to moving the saddle backward. Also, if someone is experiencing pain, it would be helpful to provide insights into how they should adjust their saddle (forwards, backwards, up, down)
Thanks for your insights!
Jim Langley says
I thought I should let you know that Coach Fred has retired and this quick tip column is an oldie yet goodie rerun. Here, Fred is providing a quick tip for the person who asked about her situation in the hopes it will help others who may have the same issue. For tips on setting seat position and fitting bikes you could search to find more complete articles by Coach Fred from the past or from Coach Rick Schultz, too.
Hope this helps!