Tell me it isn't true!

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  1. tdl123321

    tdl123321 New Member

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    As some of you know, I have just started cycling this year and really enjoy it. However, my dad just informed me that he read an article that said cycling can cause E.D. You know the condition treated by Viagra and such. Please tell me this is just a myth! I enjoy cycling but there are things that I enjoy more:)
     
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  2. tyler1212

    tyler1212 New Member

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    In case there is any truth to this, make sure you're sitting on the sit-bones, instead of smashing your pee-dle.
     
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    If it wont get up, just ride some more!:eek:
     
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    I think there is some evidence that this can be true. It's probably too early to make many definitive statements about it, but I would say that if you get numb in the genital area, it is worth investigating saddles that don't cause such numbness. The basic issue is the cut-off of blood supply to vital regions caused by one's position and saddle (key arteries get pinched). The blood supply cut-off apparently begins very quickly (e.g., in a few minutes), whereas it was once thought that the process began after a longer duration (e.g., 1 hour). Several saddles are beginning to be marketed that purport to address this issue. For example, Selle Italia has recently introduced the SMP Strike Evolution model for this reason http://www.cbike.com/selle_smp_saddle.htm. If you don't get numb, I'd say don't worry about it and keep riding.
     
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    Last time I heard, it was only a concern for people who rode a lot, like professionals. Even for them, it was pretty minor concern. Things may have changed, though.
     
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    tdl123321 New Member

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    MINOR concern.:eek:

    Guess you were implying minimal risk.
     
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    There are many "No Sleepy Shmekle" saddles that will help avoid this problem. They are cut out down the center in order to keep the pressure of of the blood supply to the family jewels. I recently purchased a Specialized saddle that has this type of design.
     
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