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However you may have to adopt a much more upright riding position - especially if you have lost some oif your hip flexion range of motion.
In other words, use a front forks with a longer than average steerer length and use the requisite number of spacers to get handlebars up high enough.
If your steerer tube is a bit on the short side use a significantly up-angled MTB style stem.
Or get a new bike.
Always consider getting an opinion from an orthopaedic specialist who rides a bike
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The list of questions goes on and on, I would suggest reviewing other posts and re-post with some relevant info.
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thanks for that. I've found that since i dropped the running the pain i used to get in an aggressive position on the bike has almost entirely eased off so my position, that i had to alter due to pain, is back to what it was.
The orthopod who diagnosed my hip osteo owns a $15000 Pinarello.. although i can't say how much he rides it!
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You need to press your specialist for a more detailed and clear explanation of your degenerative changes, and how that might impact various positions on the bike. i.e. calcification of the anterior acetabular labrum is more likely to cause sharp pain when down on low set aero bars. In the early stages, some riders may throw their knee out laterally during the upstroke, when on the hoods or drops, to ease mild discomfort. On the other hand, worn articular cartilage is more associated with a dull ache until there's essentially bone on bone, when the pain can be a lot sharper.
In all cases, you are well advised to stay well hydrated. When not, your body will pull fluid from the joints to boost blood volume, thereby leaving the joint relatively dry, and more likely to accelerate degenerative change. You also want optimal nutrition and rest, to slow the rate of degeneration and improve repair.
Abnormal blood pressure can compromise circulation to the hip joint, as can artherosclerosis, smoking, high alcohol intake, and amphetamine abuse.
Anyone with accelerated degenerative changes to lower back, hips, knees, ankles, feet is well advised not to run or walk long distances for fitness, especially on concrete and bitumen. They are better off swimming and cycling. For cycling you want to gradually build your volume first, before building intensity. Avoid pain >3/10. Changing from running to cycling may very well stir parts of your anatomy up that weren't painful before, so just ease into it.
So many people just don't get it that all body tissue ages and become more fragile...you cannot push it to do the things you did 15-20 years earlier.
Growing old gracefully includes adapting your exercise to minimize damage, and thereby preserve function.
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