Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    25
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Standard Saddles Impacting Reproductive Health?

    I stumbled upon noseless saddles the other day, and was a bit intrigued by some government studies, which indicated "nosed" saddles encourage erectile dysfunction. Any thoughts to this end?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    368
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There have been a lot of studies on this, I'm not sure if it has really been determined whether a different saddle will make a difference. Look on the bright side. You can always start taking Viagara.

  3. #3
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,221
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Someone applied for, and received a grant to do research. That doesn't necessarily make it a 'government study.' But it sure sounds more official that way! Mostly, those weird saddles are a case of inventing a solution for a hypothetical problem. If you're afraid of saddles, get a recumbent; otherwise go out and ride yer bike.

  4. #4
    Senior Member maddyfish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Ky. and FL.
    My Bikes
    KHS steel SS
    Posts
    3,945
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, pro tour riders spend a lot of time on the bike. And they seem to be able to re produce. Get a bike and a seat that fits and stop worrying.
    Not too much to say here

  5. #5
    cs1
    cs1 is offline
    Senior Member cs1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Clev Oh
    My Bikes
    Specialized, Schwinn
    Posts
    6,248
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JJBlanche View Post
    I stumbled upon noseless saddles the other day, and was a bit intrigued by some government studies, which indicated "nosed" saddles encourage erectile dysfunction. Any thoughts to this end?
    I'm 51 and have been riding a Brooks since about 1976. I've got several kids to show for it. No problem here.
    1999 Waterford RSE-11, 1995 Waterford 1200, 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    1989 Raleigh Technium, 1989 Schwinn Traveler, 1986 Specialized Rockhopper
    1984 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper and just way too many projects to list.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    St Peters, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
    Posts
    23,898
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JJBlanche View Post
    I stumbled upon noseless saddles the other day, and was a bit intrigued by some government studies, which indicated "nosed" saddles encourage erectile dysfunction. Any thoughts to this end?
    I think that sometimes the line between research and marketing can be pretty thin.

  7. #7
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Erectile disfunction is no more prevalent in cycling than in any other part of society.

    Lots of hype about a "Normal" saddle causing problems- but it is hype.However- if you are experiencing "Associated" saddle problems- get yourself off to the Doctor and get checked out
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  8. #8
    Gear Hub fan
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Reno, NV
    My Bikes
    Civia Hyland Rohloff, Swobo Dixon, Colnago, Univega
    Posts
    2,830
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Almost impossible these days to even define what a "standard saddle" is. Many so called anatomic saddles have center grooves or cutouts to relieve pressure on the soft tissues between the sit bones. Supposed to relieve pressure in the areas which could potentially cause reduced blood flow to the reproductive organs and numbness there.

    A noseless saddle would not provide adequate support for riders using drop bars IMO or even straight bars set up at the same height or below the saddle height as on many MTBs and higher performance commuter/urban bikes.

    The noseless saddle idea, and other variations, dates back 100 years or more and has not been truly successful in all that time so the number of people with problems from normal saddles must be small or the "solution" causes more and worse problems than saddles with noses.
    Gear Hubs Owned: Rohloff disc brake, SRAM iM9 disc brake, SRAM P5 freewheel, Sachs Torpedo 3 speed freewheel, NuVinci CVT, Shimano Alfine SG S-501, Sturmey Archer S5-2 Alloy. Other: 83 Colnago Super Record, Univega Via De Oro

    Visit and join the Yahoo Geared Hub Bikes group for support and links.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Geared_hub_bikes/

  9. #9
    Senior Member DX Rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    535
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've had short term problems with a cheap seat cutting off the circulation, which is actually the big concern within the medical community. The lack of proper blood flow damages the circulatory system in the region.

    I have no ED issue though.

    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    Well, pro tour riders spend a lot of time on the bike. And they seem to be able to re produce. Get a bike and a seat that fits and stop worrying.
    pro tour riders also wear properly padded cycling shorts, not everyone does.
    Quote Originally Posted by stronglight View Post
    There is just no cure for stupid.
    1982 Motobecane Jubile Sport
    1997 Cannondale F-400
    2004 Giant Cypress DX

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    25
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    Well, pro tour riders spend a lot of time on the bike. And they seem to be able to re produce. Get a bike and a seat that fits and stop worrying.
    Lance Armstrong? Just throwing it out there.

    It seems like an overblown issue, I agree, and probably the result of an ill-adjusted rig. But still, figured I'd test the waters and see what info is out there.

  11. #11
    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    My Bikes
    RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
    Posts
    11,668
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Prior to taking up recumbent-riding three+ years ago, I had three decades and many thousands of miles of upright riding.
    Haven't been able to father a child in the last couple of decades.
    Coincidence?
    I think not.







    Might have something to do with the wife having me fixed, I suppose.
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    3,191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Saddle induced ED is a problem for some of us. Yes, being over 50 and 0ver 250 lbs made up the rest of the equation. That, and chronic wrist pain is what drove me to a recumbent. Funny thing, the first 5 minutes I spent on a LWB recumbent convinced me DFs were obsolete. Can't get me on one, now. bk

  13. #13
    Senior Member maddyfish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Ky. and FL.
    My Bikes
    KHS steel SS
    Posts
    3,945
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JJBlanche View Post
    Lance Armstrong? Just throwing it out there.

    It seems like an overblown issue, I agree, and probably the result of an ill-adjusted rig. But still, figured I'd test the waters and see what info is out there.
    He has kids, and seems to be able to get his fair share of babes.

    You mean his cancer? Seems unrelated.

    And if you ride sitting on your testicles, then you should not breed and deserve to be impotent.
    Not too much to say here

  14. #14
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,221
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Impotence is NOT infertility. If you have ED, you can take Viagra and still get it up. The argument that professional cyclists can still have kids proves nothing either way.

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    25
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer, his doc told him to get sperm taken in the event he ever wanted kids. That sperm was used to artificially inseminate his wife. The kids were not had via natural means, as far as I'm aware.

    Not trying to turn this into a pedantic back and fourth, though. When it comes to my twig and berries, I'd give up my right arm before them, so it only makes sense to ask about this. I'm actually surprised so many of you are being flippant.

    That said, I'm looking into an Electra Townie, which probably has the most Johnson-friendly seating arrangement going.

  16. #16
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    12
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    SMP4Bike

    I am anewbie here, found it on a search for prostate + cycling

    I posted on the prostate thread about a scienctific study that is mentioned on this site about smp4bike saddles

    I ride SMP4Bike saddles now and can testify that, for me, they offer unsurpassed levels of comfort on longer rides.

    Appreciating that they are not going to be the perfect saddle for absolutely everyone, they are certainly worth adding to the list to look at if you are considering a change.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •