Buy a motorcycle.
You can still keep the pedals.
Your comment re physical therapist makes me wonder whether such a person could help a rider achieve optimum comfort. Might be an interesting area for a PT to specialize in. I'm not aware of anyone who does this, at least not around here (Bellingham).Thanks. I will definitely keep this advice in mind. But again, so far, my experience has been the opposite: raising the handlebars even by a relatively small amount has noticeably decreased the particular back pain I was experiencing on this bike. In my case, I have chronic sciatic pain on my lower left back, which at least for me is exacerbated by leaning forward on the bike much more than from compression due to being slightly more upright. (Which seems counter-intuitive because, off the bike, stretching relieves it whereas sitting in a chair exacerbates it. But I’m not a doctor or physical therapist, so I don’t know the anatomy of it. All I know is that I’ve had far less of that issue with the handlebars raised slightly, at least so far; and that I don’t have it at all on my other Dutch-style bike where I sit completely upright.)
(Time may end up proving me wrong, of course; so I’m definitely keeping an open mind about changing everything back.)
Wow. Thanks, I didn't even know these guys existed. Not sure whether I need them though. Well, maybe. Not yet.We work with individuals ranging from age 8-100 and treat an array of nueromusculoskeletal (nerve, muscle, bone and joint) conditions.www.wc-pt.com
I recently had the handlebars raised on my bike in order to have a somewhat more upright riding position (the bike is a Vintage Electric Cafe, if that matters). That’s working great in and of itself; but I noticed on my first ride with the new handlebar height that my position on the seat (a Brooks B17) doesn’t feel quite as comfortable anymore. It’s not terrible, but not as comfortable as it was previously. I assume that’s due to the change in my seating position on the bike, either in itself or because my “sit bones” are now in a somewhat different position on the saddle and/or I have more weight on the seat and less on my arms because I’m somewhat more upright. (To be clear: I’m not fully upright like I am when riding my Dutch style bike, just somewhat more upright than before.)
I’m wondering what variables are most directly affected by handlebar height/what I should try adjusting. I don’t want to start just randomly adjusting things, because then I’d end up conflating too many variables. Could it be that I need to adjust the seat tilt a bit to compensate for the more upright position? (Right now, I have the seat noticeably tilted upwards a bit because that’s how it was most comfortable before.) Adjust the fore/aft position of the seat? (I wouldn’t think that that would be the most likely thing to be affected by the handlebar height, but I don’t really know.). Or could it be that the seat just needs to be broken in again to account for the new seating position?
For what it’s worth, I do already have a suspension seatpost.
Any thoughts appreciated!