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Interesting saddle concepts.(12 posts)

Interesting saddle concepts.Kristin
Jul 14, 2003 6:23 AM
Traditional saddles are killing me. I think it has more to do with my posture than anything else. My sit bones don't sit where most people do. In my search for saddles, I've come across some really wacky desings...

There's the UNSaddle:

And the BI-Saddle:

Which is sported by some very fashionable riders...

Then there's the Mark-4 "hornless" bicycle seat:
This seat is strong, sleek and impressive!!! Sleek?

Yet another UNSaddle:

This one I may actually try. It looks like it might just support my posture better than a traditional saddle.

Finally, I got a kick out of this article on saddles and impotence:

The other study, published last month in the Journal of Andrology, followed a group of 17 bicycle police in Long Beach and found that they had erections for less time during sleep compared with non-riders. The study was done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

How does one know such a thing while sleeping? Did their wives sit up at night and watch them make camp?
Jul 14, 2003 6:34 AM
Are those saddles legal for racing? As far as that survey goes, Bicycle Police? I mean common, they should have tested racers, or at least compared riding police to non-police, who knows, maybe police are a little less active, or maybe not. Who cares?
Jul 14, 2003 7:55 AM
I thought police were an excellent domain; they represent the general public (non racers) who spend a lot of time in the saddle.

Not saying I agree with basis of the study, but I think the domain is more representative than chosing racers, or the occasional rider.

Also, I dislike the comparison to Chinese commuters. The chinese (generally) ride utilitarian, upright bicycles which are far less likely to damage the perineum as our overly-agressive 'road' bikes.
About the study...jontrapp
Jul 14, 2003 8:32 AM
That study was actually done because the police requested a Health Hazard Evaluation from NIOSH. They weren't necesarily trying to determine the effects of cycling on the entire population, but on the individuals who requested the evaluation so that any problems could be corrected.

look like birthing chairs nmDougSloan
Jul 14, 2003 6:37 AM
My buddies gotMel Erickson
Jul 14, 2003 7:12 AM
one a little bit similar to the Mark 4 Hornless. Each of the pads is articulated so they move up and down as you pedal. This would be too weird for me. He doesn't use it anymore. He rides a recumbent.
What a hoot !!MR_GRUMPY
Jul 14, 2003 7:46 AM
Actually, those seats might be OK for people who sit upright and ride 10 miles a week.
As for the cops, you know, when people are in the ICU, they have them all wired up, so that someone at a central location can monitor all the patients. I can almost picture some poor nurse, stuck behind a desk, seeing a flashing light on her computer monitor. Well, there goes #7 at 2:07 AM.
How does one know?PsyDoc
Jul 14, 2003 8:25 AM
Simple, when the men get ready for bed, they put a "collar" around their penis to measure muscle tension; I think it's called an electroencephalogram (sp?). Each time they get an erection during the night, the muscle tension is measured.
Jul 14, 2003 8:39 AM
there is no room for science in this discussion.
Ex-wife tried to put a collar around my penis once! nmbburgoyne26
Jul 14, 2003 2:04 PM
Sheesh! Just get a Brooks !! (nm)Alexx
Jul 14, 2003 10:53 AM
Jul 14, 2003 11:25 AM
I tried one. I hated it. NO thanks.