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Monday, April 30, 2007

Hey, you got your chocolate in my Pudenda!

You know how every bike seat comes these days with a "love channel" down the center? The idea is to relieve pressure on your nether parts, the better to enjoy post-ride activities that might include, well, shagging the lovely Betty you were chasing all day. (Personally speaking: Judging from the exploits that are detailed and amplified on most Thursday night rides, it seems that none of MY friends suffer from "saddle induced erectile dysfunction," but we'll trust the experts on this.)

Anyway there's a new medical journal study out that says all the gel-seats and love channels in the world won't save you if you don't know how to properly perch on your seat:

Bicycle riding has been linked to an increased risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) and abnormal perineal sensations in male riders, which are postulated to result from compression of the internal pudendal arteries and/or the pudendal nerves. Bicycle seat manufacturers have responded with a variety of seat designs intended to reduce the potential for pudendal artery and nerve compression...

And the study finds...

Rider position can nearly eliminate the improvements that the grooved seat provides.

So, you know, riding around with a beer in one hand and a Camel Filter in the other is a good way to ensure that you won't be getting any action after the ride. (If you don't have trouble with your, uh, top tube, then maybe it's your surly personality.)

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