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Saddle or shorts?(3 posts)

Saddle or shorts?cumurph
Apr 2, 2003 9:21 PM
I'm new to road biking. People say that men bikers can become less likely to have kids. Can a cushy saddle or shorts help to elminate this? Any suggestions on brands and model? Thank you.
Don't worry about it.Matno
Apr 2, 2003 9:40 PM
There is no real evidence of any effect on fertility being affected by riding. There is some evidence (from an Austrian study of pro mountain bikers) that hard core riding can cause "scrotal abnormalities," but the amount of riding you'd have to do to even fit within that study is pretty insane.

I say, if you aren't having problems with numbness or unusual pain, don't worry about it. If, on the other hand, you ARE experiencing any kind of numbness or pain, there are a huge number of saddles and even some shorts supposedly designed to take care of the problem. Unfortunately, everyone's anatomy is different (you'd be amazed at how much variation there is in blood vessels and even nerves). Therefore, you're going to have to figure out what works best for you via trial and error.

For what it's worth, I have two saddles that I find quite comfy - a WTB Speed V (it's on my MTB), and a Koobi Xenon (which has gotten more comfortable as my butt has gotten used to it). Both of them have a groove or hole in the middle. I also used to have a Flite Gel Ti (with gel in the center) that I liked very much. The Flite has been such a popular saddle for so many riders for so long that it may be a good place to start. You can even get it with a "cut out" in the center.

I also like my Pearl Izumi shorts, but I've had at least as much success with some cheaper no-name shorts...
infertility .vs. impotence.Steve_0
Apr 3, 2003 6:25 AM
I think there are some misonceptions out there about cycling being linked to infertility. To my knowledge, there are no such correlations. There ARE numerous studies which link cycling to impotence (Far different from infertility).

Of course, like most studies, there are assumptions and flaws which result in discounting the results by the cycling community.

If youre worried about impotence, it doesnt hurt to spend a few bucks on one of those holy-saddles. I wouldnt worry about infertility, though.