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Old 09-16-09, 03:32 PM   #1
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Question on Bicyle Seat, Impotence, and Erectile Disfunction?

Hi everyone, new here. I'm about to purchase a Diamondback Insight 1. I'd like to get some exercise and I can't run because I get persistant shin splints so I thought bicycling would be better. I'm having trouble deciding whether to go ahead with the decision because I've recently been reading alot of articles about problems with Impotence and Erectile Disfunction in men from bicycle riding. From what I understand, there are seats available to help this, but I would like to know what is the best seat to buy to avoid these two problems 100%. I'm 28 years old and thinking of totally giving up on bicycling because of this.

Are these problems perfected and became old news or is there still a chance of this happening?

Can you list part numbers please?
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Check the threads, been covered many times. One suggestion Selle Italia Prolink.
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Old 09-16-09, 03:54 PM   #3
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Er, ah, well . . . Impotence/Erectile Disfunction and biking -- that's a sensitive subject. Never heard of it before. Good luck.
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Can you grow a beard? You might qualify for a recumbent!
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Why is everyone such an A hole? You'll sit there and take the time to type immature comments. How about if it's such a touchy subject, just move along.
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Old 09-16-09, 04:38 PM   #6
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Why is everyone such an A hole? You'll sit there and take the time to type immature comments. How about if it's such a touchy subject, just move along.
Hi, Cycle -

If you are referring to my comment, it was more than half serious. The saddle position and seat styles available with different types of recumbents pretty much preclude any sort of problem like you referenced in your OP. If you have the usual prejudices against recumbents, that's not my problem.
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Welcome to Bike Forums. If you do a search in the Road forum, you will find quite a few threads on this subject. Unfortunately because of the nature of the subject, some of the replies are a bit immature.
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Old 09-16-09, 08:37 PM   #8
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Hi Cycle 28 and welcome to Bike Forums!

A lot of the problem has to do with pressure in the perennial area so what seems to have helped is a saddle with a a cutout. There are many styles to choose from but the ideal saddle is more firm in the sit bones area. The firmer the saddle, the more it will support your bones, and not let the saddle material go up into the sensitive area.

People will read about a gel saddle and think "comfort" but in reality a gel saddle will eventually shift and push the gel up into the area and put pressure there. That is not great unless there is a hole in it. But even then the sit bones are not supported well.

Click on the images in this link and you'll see what I mean.

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Welcome to the forums. Saddles are a very personal thing. I have been riding for well over 20 years and have never had a problem with either issue. Have two healthy sons to prove it.

I would reccomend that you get the bike you want and see if the saddle is an issue. If not, great. If it is, then deal with the problem with the experts at your bike shop.

Asking for which saddle is right for you is not something that we can tell you in one post and provide a part number.
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And just remember that there are probably close to a billion men on this planet that ride bicycles regularly and the problems you are so worried about are very, very, very, very, very rare.
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Get a bike that fits, a good saddle for you and most importantly change position on the bike quite frequently. I sometimes have problems with my private parts being numbed while biking. A short spell standing up and the blood returns. Only time I have ever suffered some ED was for some days after Paris Brest in 2007. Very, very scary until it returned to normal. (will use another saddle and bike in 2011)
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THIS IS THE BEST ADVICE: learn how to sit PROPERLY on a saddle.
a saddle with a cutout aleviates the symptoms but does NOTHING to the underlying CAUSE: putting too much pressure on your goods.
simply rotate your hips slightly, lifting. THAT'S how to sit on a saddle.

then you'll have a diamondback worthy of its name
as YOU demonstrate a little insight of your own.

good luck, and happy riding.

credentials: i've been riding bikes for over 50 years, and have been racing since 1983. i ride in excess of 12,000 miles a year, and i DON'T have silly cut-out saddles. check out the saddles the pros ride; think they'd ride if they'd suffer ED? right.

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