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  1. #1
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    Jan 2015
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    Suddenly tailbone pain?

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    I've been using my bike to commute for about a decade. I've had the same bike for 8 years and the same saddle for 5 years (both are still in good shape, i've already checked the seat for breakdowns in the material and it's fine, it has a 10 year warranty).
    For some reason, for the last couple of months I've been getting horrible tailbone pain if I ride any farther than a mile. No accidents, no falls, I haven't injured my tailbone as far as I know. Resting until the pain goes away doesn't help, as soon as I get back on the bike, it hurts again. I don't know what to do. It's just started happening out of nowhere, it's not like I'm a newbie, I would think if I was going to have tailbone problems it would have happened 10 years ago when I first started biking, not suddenly start for no apparent reason after a decade of riding 5+ miles a day 3-4 times a week.
    Suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
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    First, schedule an appointment with your doctor, and see if you have an overuse injury. Then ask if there are any other issues that could suddenly cause pain.

    Next, that's a long time for a saddle unless it's a Brooks or other hard leather saddle. Or a pure carbon model. (I know others might last that long, but not many). What kind of saddle is it?

    Another possibility is age-related. Hormonal changes can definitely cause our bodies to react that way.

    Is it a saddle with a cutout? Do you have any other pressure that you didn't used to have? Do you have pressure that never bothered you before?

    Have you gained or lost weight recently? Muscle mass? Do you do a lot of weight-bearing exercises to prevent osteoporosis, or is cycling the only exercise? (Depending how you ride, it may be more weight bearing. Everyone is different).

    Do you have any new or chronic back pain?

    All of these things could affect saddle comfort.

    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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