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Abdominal muscles hurt

JonesinamilionJonesinamilion Posts: 230
Newish bike (xc 16" frame), me 5'8" 11 stone with a paunch.

I'm not the healthiest having smoked for 16 yrs with little / no exercise. Been leisure riding for ladt 2 1/2 yrs mainly in Summer months.

Did a 31 mile ride yesterday which fncked me, legs were on fire. I expected some pain but today my abs are killing me! Bike is a typical xc set up and my seat was angled slightly forward.

What are the mechanics of my abs hurting and could It be down to the set up of the bike?... Or do I just need to toughen up? :D

Thanks.

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  • Were you up out of the saddle a lot more than normal?

    Struggling to see how sitting would out much strain on the abs.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,459
    What was the make up of the ride, 31 miles on a flat ride shouldn't really hurt you other than your butt if your not used to riding. However 31 miles on proper mtb trails may be enough to give you a workout especially if bike isn't set up.properly. The saddle should ideally be level unless you like freeriding and loads of big jumps. Make sure it's set at the right height as well otherwise you will stress your various muscles including the possibility of the abs, if really badly set up.
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  • Ride was pretty flat really, bit lumpy & bumpy; canal towpaths etc...

    Still trying to tweak the set up as its new and seat was angled forward if this could contribute? Had the forks locked out too for over half of it if this could have an effect?

    As you may have noted from other posts, my tyre pressures wouldn't have done much for comfort (38/40 psi) either.
  • Alex99Alex99 Posts: 1,407
    Newish bike (xc 16" frame), me 5'8" 11 stone with a paunch.

    I'm not the healthiest having smoked for 16 yrs with little / no exercise. Been leisure riding for ladt 2 1/2 yrs mainly in Summer months.

    Did a 31 mile ride yesterday which fncked me, legs were on fire. I expected some pain but today my abs are killing me! Bike is a typical xc set up and my seat was angled slightly forward.

    What are the mechanics of my abs hurting and could It be down to the set up of the bike?... Or do I just need to toughen up? :D

    Thanks.

    Could be down to the setup. If you know someone with a lot of expereince, get them to take a look at your setup.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Post a picture of your bike, but if your saddle was tilted forward you were probably straining not to slide. Level is generally best.
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    ps lots of bits hurt when you're not used to stuff.
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  • cooldad wrote:
    Post a picture of your bike, but if your saddle was tilted forward you were probably straining not to slide. Level is generally best.

    Seat has been levelled since last ride & this photo was taken.

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