I’m finally riding my 26" for about 25 to 30 minutes non-stop.
(For all of you who thought I would surely throw in the towel by now, no that is not a typo!:D)
The thing that tires me out is lower back pain. This has been happening on the 24" also.
I did a search and found the following from JFatSmokes in 2001:
I just finished an eight mile ride on my coker, and I realized where my
minor back pain has been coming from. After longer rides, my lower back
begins to hurt, and I DO have my seat at the correct height. The only
thing that I can think of that may be making my back ache is my posture
while riding. I slouch a little bit when I ride, but if I sit tall in the
saddle, I have a harder time keeping my balance. Any suggestions would be
greatly appreciated. -Dave
I think my seat is high enough.
However, as I ride and attempt to fix the problem, I do wonder whether I am sitting up straight enough, and I also get the feeling that if I sit back any further I will lose my balance.
When I was first learning, I noticed that the more tired I got the more I seemed to be unable to sit up straight. This is no longer a problem.
Does anyone else have back pain problems DURING the ride?
When I stop to rest, the back pain goes away.
The pain is only there DURING the ride.
Also, I have noticed that the pain gets better DURING a TURN!!!
I am not an accomplished turner, but I seem to look forward to turning so I can rest my back for a few seconds.
Obviously, my posture is slightly different during the turn… in either direction.
Both the 24" and 26" are Torkers.
The 26" has 137 cranks.
The 24" also had 137 cranks. Now it has 127s. I haven’t ridden the 24" with the 127s much yet because the 26" was feeling much more stable after I shortened the cranks on both unis.
If not for the back pain, I could ride a whole lot longer.