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Old 08-03-2022, 04:11 PM
mcallen mcallen is offline
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Getting back to riding after an injury...when to fit?

I haven't ridden for a year, but I'm gradually starting to ride again. I'd like to get a bike fit. I'm wondering if I should get a fit asap, or spend some time gradually getting back on the bike and getting a bit more flexible before I get fit. Anyone been through a similar experience?

Backstory: I injured my low back last year (herniated disc, L5-S1), which got pretty nasty last summer and fall. After several unsuccessful rounds of conservative treatment, I had surgery in November. Surgery helped, and I've been dedicated to recovery and lifestyle changes (daily core work, lots of walking, spinal hygiene, standing desk, etc.).

What I haven't been doing is riding or flexibility work. I was doing a lot of volume and yoga last year, which I think contributed to my injury. So I'm stronger in my core than ever, but less flexible. I'm assuming I'll gradually get a bit more limber with more time on the back.

In a perfect world, maybe I'd get fit/refit periodically for the next year as a continue to work toward more volume.

My goal this year for cycling is simply to get back to riding...some commuting, some easy group rides. No training or big volume this year. I've healed slowly, but had no setbacks since surgery, and I'd like to continue this way.
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Old 09-02-2022, 12:26 AM
randomduck randomduck is offline
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It's probably OK to get back into riding - and definitely worth getting a fitting. Ideally you'll have your physical therapist work with the fitter to dial in things that meet your specific needs.

Of note is that your fit will change a lot as you get stronger, so don't expect your fit to be a "set it and forget it" kind of experience.

Good luck!
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Old 09-03-2022, 08:21 AM
ripvanrando ripvanrando is offline
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From my experience, I would should have gotten fit immediately in the recovery process.

I broke a bunch of stuff a year ago and riding was painful as could be expected, but some issues never went away. A recent fit helped a little. Nothing earth shattering but certainly would have been nice earlier in the recovery process. The best thing? The fitter said I needed a new bike. N = 1 baby!
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Old 09-03-2022, 03:39 PM
ridethecliche ridethecliche is online now
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IMHO, you should try out riding first, but super easy.

I'm in a similar position and have been letting my body be my guide. Super easy rides with a bail out option to just go home (shorter loops). I'd even say that you should try things out on the trainer first if that's an option for you.

I definitely think a fit is a good idea, but as you ease back into activity things will change and I think it'll be better to get a fit when you have some idea of what isn't working with things currently.
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