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Dealing with Coccyx pain

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  • Started 1 week ago by Baldcyclist
  • Latest reply from LaidBack
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  1. Baldcyclist

    Does anyone have to deal with Coccyx pain whilst on the bike?

    Due to midlife crisis reasons (skateboarding) I recked my coccyx arround 2.5 years ago. It has healed to the point where I barely notice it most of the time now, just get an occasional flare up if sitting in same position for too long. Suppose it's not going to heal any more now.

    However when I sit on the bike, it starts to become really painful after arround 45 minutes, and by an hour I have to stop as the pain arround my left sit bone to centre is unbearable.

    I was given anti depressants (low doses apparantly good for nerve pain), and tried them for 3 months but resting hr rose by 10bpm, and I was having bad dreams and dopey in the morning, so stopped them, don't really want to go down that routre again.

    I do have Brooks saddles on all of my bikes, any other suggestions which may make more than an hour possible? What have other folks done in similar situations?

    Posted 1 week ago #
  2. SRD

    Sorry not to be more helpful, but I damaged mine when I was about 14 and it took decades to get to the point where I hardly notice it.

    Luckily those years seemed to coincide with a period when I wasn't doing a lot of long cycling...

    Posted 1 week ago #
  3. Arellcat

    Are there saddles with a specific coccyx cutout? It's just occurred to me that my Specialized saddles are somewhat like that.

    A recumbent friend of mine had a similar issue for which he found the more reclined the better, but it messed with his balance and he eventually switched to kickbiking.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  4. jss

    Embrace the dark side! The wonderful comfort of a recumbent bike with a seat designed for our butts - not perched on narrow oscillating post continually impacting our sensitive « tail » area
    My more upright recumbents ,which are more suited to urban cycling ,have air pads under the seat and are more comfortable than most of the armchairs in my house.
    A more reclined bike will spread the weight along your back as well and be faster on longer trips
    Why not be on a sun lounger with pedals?
    Good for posture as well
    The more you lay back the faster you go as opposed to the more you hunch over the bars on an upright - and you can throw away those awful cycling nappies and their unpleasant cream concoctions
    Worth a trip to Laid back Dave ´s emporium to try some out

    Posted 6 days ago #
  5. LaidBack

    @jss - they are worth exploring even just as bike entertainment!
    Problem with recliners is that there are fewer frame sizes and massive differences between models. Inevitably your first one will be not 100% correct for fit as you sort of know what works only after riding one for a year or two. Once you've rode one for several decades you become aclimatised... :-)
    @baldcyclist - can lend you one but about to take three weeks holiday.

    Posted 6 days ago #

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