I noticed during a few recent rides that I appear to be tilted over to the right when I'm cycling. I noticed this when looking down at the front wheel, where I can see the right hand wheel nut and spokes, but cannot see the same on the left hand side. I have never noticed this before, though that isn't to say that it wasn't there.
I've been out on the bike about 30 times this year and regularly during lockdown, where I developed a short route of around 6.5 miles with a couple of decent hills just to keep me 'in the loop' three or four times a week. At no time during my rides have I ever felt pain in my back or legs and after purchasing a FitBit I have actually slowed down slightly after it showed a 25% increase in effort to gain a sub-10% increase in speed or distance just wasn't worth it.
Now I have been off the bike for over 3 weeks, following a crippling back pain, which developed over the course of 24 hours following the last ride. I couldn't walk for a week, spent a week hobbling around with a stick, now I am at the point where the pain is just a slight niggle. Exactly the same thing happened three years ago, admittedly following a rather stupid ride taking things too fast and too hard for my fitness levels. I am certainly more 'bike fit' now than then so wasn't expecting a resumption of the pain, which may in fact be a symptom of a lumbar puncture that went wrong decades ago as the pain is identical.
I am just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the tilted issue? The bike was fitted for me and everything appears to be symmetrical, indeed I myself appear to be symmetrical as far as I can tell, so...
- Am I compensating for the pain?
Am I causing the pain?
Many thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice before I head out on the bike again