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Bikes and Impotence - Article in WSJ Today(13 posts)

Bikes and Impotence - Article in WSJ TodayGary M
Oct 15, 2002 12:17 PM
Did anyone read the article on this topic in the Wall St Journal this morning? I thought the issue had been dismissed as overblown but not according to the article in the Journal which claims this is still a major problem that serious cyclists are in denial about. The article also had pics of several goofy new style seats that prevent or allivate the problem. Maybe someone with an online WSJ subscription can post the article. The article says anyone who rides more than 3 hours a week is at risk (most of the men on this board). Is any one concerned about this?

a bunch of bullshard!merckx56
Oct 15, 2002 12:28 PM
next time you go on your local club ride, look around you and see how many guys have kids. the link between cycling and impotence is tenuous at best. it's all about position, not what fancy "it won't make my dick numb" saddle that some non-cyclist is bringing to the market.
I have a buddy that rides more than just about anyone in town, on and off road, and he knocks his wife up every time they pass in the hall!
the guy who wrote the article isn't a cyclist and has written several alarmist articles, on widely varied subjects, in the past.
ride your bike!
a bunch of bullshard!Jon Billheimer
Oct 15, 2002 1:12 PM
Geez!!! Not that you indulge in hyperbole, or anything, but that's a lot of impregnating. Can we also have a list of his ergogenic aids, so we can take some too???:)-
I read it, nothing newms
Oct 15, 2002 12:40 PM
The article was just a repeat of other alarmist articles. The only "fact" in the article was a not statistically valid survey of some bicycle cops. Well, 100% of the respondents in my survey of one (guess who?) who rides more than three hours per week report no problems. I am not concerned.
Oct 15, 2002 12:49 PM
The article, while it intimated that there was new evidence, didn't present any new, scientific studies on the relationship between cycling and impotence. I believe that there probably is a link between a really terribly fitting saddle and 'numbness'; but I think that the less radical saddle designs can effectively cure the problem. However, from the bike shop perspective, the whole thing really has been a boon for Specialized, Terry, and other 'prostate friendly' saddle makers. Be very skeptical of science that is promoted by people like Andy Pruitt and Richard Minkow- both of whom are on the Specialized payroll.
re: Bikes and Impotence - Article in WSJ TodayCaptain Morgan
Oct 15, 2002 12:46 PM
I saw the article today, too. I have the hard (no pun intended) copy, so can't post it. However, the article is a preliminary piece, as it reads "In the next few days, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is expected to publish research that found some erectile dysfunction among bicycle policemen." It says it will be published in this month's Journal in Andrology. Sorry, I don't subscribe. Sounds like an interesting mag, however .
Do bike cops wear padded shorts? nmQubeley
Oct 15, 2002 1:14 PM
Not always, plus they wear 20 -30lbs of extra gear. -nmSnowBlind
Oct 15, 2002 2:05 PM
re: It's not coolChainstay
Oct 15, 2002 5:05 PM
The problem is it makes good press so it will be widely reported and it hurts the image of cyclists and hurts the industry.

My friend who sells bikes says that he has lost sales of bikes to couples when he raised the subject of the high-tech mens saddle. That led to questions and the couple lost their inspiration for the new activity.
Consider the source, it's the WSJ for cryin' out loud!Mel Erickson
Oct 15, 2002 8:18 PM
If I want financial information it's the bible. For medical information I'll choose another source.
Oct 15, 2002 10:13 PM
Impotence is an overblown "malady". My charlie gets numb from time to time in the saddle, but the ladies I see have the ability and power to straighten things out without problem. It's important to have a partner(s) who will arouse you. And then it's giving yourself permission to let go. Just know that underneath that unassuming exterior of yours lies a ferocious sex machine.
Oct 16, 2002 1:11 AM

Havent read the articel youre talking about. This is kinda interesting though. Lots of useful, and new info, "stand up sometimes" etc...
Oct 16, 2002 5:52 AM
I know a local urologist who is a cyclist and gave a lecture on this topic at the local club meeting.He had only seen one cyclist with impotence problems and that was a MTB rider who crashed banging his crotch on the top tube.He specifically doubted Dr.Goldsteins "research", and questioned his association with the design of the Specialized body geometry saddle.