Cycling and men's health

Discussion in 'Health Nutrition and Supplements' started by Chuckabutty, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. Chuckabutty

    Chuckabutty Member

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    I found this interesting. I've been riding a bike almost every day for four years, and for at least 8 miles a day, sometimes 20 - 30 miles (not every day). I'm 72 and have no current problems. The hardest one I encountered was getting the right saddle because of the discomfort I was experiencing. I tried an exotic Italian saddle based on the correct sizing by measuring my sit bones, but it was torture. I can't understood how anyone can ride a bike with a saddle so narrow that it almost goes up yer bum. It seems to me such a saddle could cause some problems.

    Anyway, how does cycling affect our personal parts?
     
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  2. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    I would recommend you try a Prologo Scratch. You can sometimes find them on Ebay as the "Try and Buy" version that was used as a test saddle at shops. These versions are pretty cheap. The normal version isn't expensive like saddles used to be so you can try these a lot easier than you used to. Concor and Regal and the like used to be the only descent saddles available and they would leave you walking bow-legged for days.
     
  3. Chuckabutty

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    My fault for not making it clear that I was posting a video pertaining to men's health. The last two words (personal parts) of my original post (underlined) provided a link to the video. Click on the words and it will take you to the YouTube video.
     
  4. BrianNystrom

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    Saddle choices is very personal, which is why there are so many designs on the market. It takes time and experience to determine what fits you best; no guidelines can substitute for that. Perhaps one may get lucky and find a great saddle on the first try, but that's not the norm.

    Comfort is not something that happens immediately, either. Even if you have the "perfect" saddle, it's going to take time for your body to adjust to having a lot of pressure on your ischial tuberosities ("sit bones") and the soft tissue between the bones and the saddle. Soreness in that area is normal and should be expected. It subsides after a few rides, but you need to ride on a consistent basis to prevent discomfort from returning.

    I've found a couple of saddles that work for me, one for road and another for off-road ('gravel & MTB). I actually modify my road saddles to make them just right. It's extra work, but it's worth it.

    Keep in mind that even plastic-base saddles break in and eventually wear out. The padding compresses to fit you initially, but after thousands of miles, it can break down to the point that it's less comfortable. Saddles are not a "forever" purchase.

    As the video points out, cycling is good for your health and unless you're crazy enough to ignore numbness or other potentially serious symptoms, nothing bad is going to happen due to riding.
     
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