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    Why Elite Riders are a Dying Breed

    The BBC has announced the reason men cannot get pregnant...

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    In those who managed more than 186 miles a week on their bikes, the proportion of sperm that was the correct size and shape had fallen to 4%, the point at which men may struggle to conceive without fertility treatment.
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    "Elite cyclists 'risk infertility'"
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8124458.stm

    Apart from the typical pseudo-science blooper, does this research gives cause for concern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CmJc View Post
    does this research gives cause for concern?
    did they check sperm quality before the subjects became cyclists?
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    A sample size of 15 is not science.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    did they check sperm quality before the subjects became cyclists?
    Negative; they were Triathletes when recruited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CmJc View Post
    Triathletes
    well there's your problem. natural selection at work.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    Quote Originally Posted by CmJc View Post
    The BBC has announced the reason men cannot get pregnant...
    Wait so your saying men cannot get pregnant because we ride bikes? Not because we dont have the right...equipment?

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    This is great! Think of all the money I'll save in condoms!
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    What if you only manage 185 miles/week? Time to buy the Trojans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwimBike View Post
    Wait so your saying men cannot get pregnant because we ride bikes? Not because we dont have the right...equipment?
    Conceivably... according to the BBC scientists.

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    :facepalm:
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    I would think that Triathletes have it worse than roadies.
    Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    I would think that Triathletes have it worse than roadies.
    Well I don't think we need a BBC study to come to that conclusion.

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    If that study is as described in the article, their methods are terrible and their conclusions are completely absurd. No mention of any type of control, a sample size of 15. There is no way of knowing if the numbers they came up with are even abnormal.

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    Whatever. I actually had my swimmers tested last year and I was off the charts, the gal at the lab called the test results "amazing." So how would the testers explain that?

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    you don't ride enough.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    you don't ride enough.
    Yeah, I only put in around 184 miles a week so I didn't hit the mark.

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    see, there you go
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    Quote Originally Posted by CmJc View Post
    Negative; they were Triathletes when recruited.
    This is a trick study.... gay men cant get preggers


    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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    i think I hear Pete approaching with his banstick
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    186 miles = 300 kilometers

    For any of you wondering about the odd number.
    And for all you lay-people, scientists work in the metric system.

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    When I was doing 250+ miles a week I conceived two healthy children. So based on my personal experience, which of course is all that matters, I call this report bunk. Feel free to close the thread.

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    I have 2 kids already and i dont want anymore.....I'm going for a 186 mile ride. bbl

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    Quote Originally Posted by CmJc View Post
    Conceivably... according to the BBC scientists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak View Post
    I have 2 kids already and i dont want anymore.....I'm going for a 186 mile ride. bbl
    I took care of that the old fashioned way..snip, snip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    i think I hear Pete approaching with his banstick
    Homophobia
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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