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Anybody use one of those "kidney belt" things to relieve back strain during rides? I'm getting a lot of strain in an area where it seems like one might help, but don't know if they're a "bad idea from the past" or are legit.
 

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That's what I'm thinking. Might look at WW and see if they have any kind of cheap weightlifting belts or anything like that to try out, but it's kind of ironic that the stuff like that they sell are in sizes of people who are already fit, not fat slobs like me.
 

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Consider something along these lines, a weight lifting belt, IMO, would be too stiff and very uncomfortable for a ride of any duration. I have the full set of armor complete with kidney belt, shoulder, chest, back, and elbow protection. Quite comfortable and again, IMO, worth the $$. ATGATT isnt just for the road and if you ride solo to any extent, the gear you wear may be what gets you home.
 

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Consider something along these lines, a weight lifting belt, IMO, would be too stiff and very uncomfortable for a ride of any duration. I have the full set of armor complete with kidney belt, shoulder, chest, back, and elbow protection. Quite comfortable and again, IMO, worth the $$. ATGATT isnt just for the road and if you ride solo to any extent, the gear you wear may be what gets you home.
I'm sure you're quite right about buying a dedicated riding belt: would probably be a much more effective and better purchase. I'm sure one of those leather weight lifting belts would be a little much, but was considering one of the nylon types, or maybe one of those "back belts" they make the employees wear at WW or home improvement stores.

I'll probably just wind up chunking down the cash on the real deal, tho. I think it would help out my back a lot. Problem is, when you're my size, you never know if what you order is going to fit and there doesn't seem to be a large market catering to "King Size" riders. Biggest size most of them have is 2X and those are always on fringe of fitting around my 44" waist.
 

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Those belts worn at home improvement stores work great, I have a coupla herniated disks, and like you, many miles humping a ruck. My street bike feels much better then a cage, but the KLR isnt as comfy when riding, so I need the added support. Aint "King sized riders" code for "Portly"? Just remember, back in the day a sign of wealth was in direct proportion to their belly! So, we'd just call you a "Portly King!!!
 

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Portly. In my opinion, a great adjective that seems to have fallen out of favor. Personally, I like it. Call me portly any time.

Perhaps I'll try referring to my wife some time as "portly" instead of the generally-accepted "plus size." Then again, maybe not: I'd probably wind up with a herniated face and jawbone.

Anyway, thanks for your opinion on the "home improvement belt." I think I'll most likely try one out if they don't cost a fortune. Maybe I should get the kind with the suspenders to keep it from creeping down under my "kidney rolls." Unlike motocross suppliers, clothing-type items generally sold at home improvement stores usually come in "portly" sizes.
 

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I have a lumbar support belt I got at Walgreens I think. Haven't worn in it a while, but my back used to be worse and it helped.
 

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Portly. In my opinion, a great adjective that seems to have fallen out of favor. Personally, I like it. Call me portly any time.

Perhaps I'll try referring to my wife some time as "portly" instead of the generally-accepted "plus size." Then again, maybe not: I'd probably wind up with a herniated face and jawbone.

Anyway, thanks for your opinion on the "home improvement belt." I think I'll most likely try one out if they don't cost a fortune. Maybe I should get the kind with the suspenders to keep it from creeping down under my "kidney rolls." Unlike motocross suppliers, clothing-type items generally sold at home improvement stores usually come in "portly" sizes.
Just tell her she's a "Wealthy" woman:)
I like the ones with suspenders as well, great to loosen up when stopped. Helps prevent that "What did I forget" sensation after leaving.
 

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I pulled a bonehead move a number of years ago resulting in a compression fracture of my T-12 vertebrae. I tried a Gold Belt, but wasn't too impressed with the result.

Then I found this - a BACK-A-LINE belt - like having a lumbar support strapped to your back.

Made a difference, but I haven't needed it much since I dropped 50+lbs and worked on strengthening my abs.
 

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I pulled a bonehead move a number of years ago resulting in a compression fracture of my T-12 vertebrae. I tried a Gold Belt, but wasn't too impressed with the result.

Then I found this - a BACK-A-LINE belt - like having a lumbar support strapped to your back.

Made a difference, but I haven't needed it much since I dropped 50+lbs and worked on strengthening my abs.
Thanks for the lead. Looks like a good product: noticed they even show a motorcycle rider wearing it on their site, for what that's worth. Prices seem reasonable. I keep going back and forth, but it makes sense to buy a product specifically designed to relieve back strain instead of one of those "lifting belts." Maybe they're the same thing, maybe they're not: hell, I don't know.

Congratulations on your weight loss. In the past year or so I've gone from 315 down to 270 which helps, but I'll always have the nagging pain problem. I weighed 205 when I got out of the Army and had the problem then. The KLR is hard on my back. For some reason, the cheap cloth bench seats in my Tacoma don't bother it, but the fancy leather bucket seats in my wife's Durango tear it up: can't drive that thing for more than an hour or so without hurting.

I put peg-lowering brackets on the KLR along with highway pegs and they both help as I can shift around and change positions from time to time. It seems like I don't notice it as much on gravel, probably a mental thing because I'm paying more attention or maybe shifting around more, but longer highway stretches get to me.

I'll definitely consider the Back-A-Line. Need to make up my mind pretty quick here as my trip is fast approaching. Thanks for the tip.
 

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Another observation: wearing a kidney belt, or Back-A-Line belt, can get hot and sweaty depending on the weather - they need to be pretty snug to be effective, and do not breathe very well. I found that using Gold Bond body powder applied before hand, and as needed during ride stops, helps to alleviate some of the discomfort from the heat.
 

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Another observation: wearing a kidney belt, or Back-A-Line belt, can get hot and sweaty depending on the weather - they need to be pretty snug to be effective, and do not breathe very well. I found that using Gold Bond body powder applied before hand, and as needed during ride stops, helps to alleviate some of the discomfort from the heat.
Sounds like good advice to me. Filed In Memory Bank.
 
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