In recent years there has been extensive scientific and medical research indicating that the bicycle saddle is causing sexual health problem. The cause of the problem has been isolated to the protruding nose of the saddle.
Health problems in both men and women have been numbness in the groin which leads to sexual problems. In men this can cause erection problems. Many men complain they can get erections but are not able to maintain them for intercourse. In women there is a complaint of loss of sensation in the genital area (clitoris and labia). There are some research studies that suggest damage to the groin may happen while cycling even if there is not a sensation of numbness.
Numbness is a warning medical warning sign and should never be ignored! Some cyclists like Lance Armstrong say numbness in crotch is normal while cycling. Numbness should never be considered normal. Numbness results from restricting blood flow or pinching a nerve.
The easiest solution to this problem has been bicycle saddles without a nose. What is a noseless saddle watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cctJfG_HWY. The Federal Government has even made official recommendations that individuals who ride bikes as part of their job should use no-nose saddles (http://PoliceBikeSaddles.com).
There have been some blogs and discussions claiming riders cannot balance or maneuver well on a noseless saddle. Please watch the video of Chicago police officers using the noseless saddle, note they even demonstrate “no-hands cycling” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEzfgS36eEE
While there are several saddle manufacturers who make these saddles they are often hard to find. As general information, we are listing them here in alphabetical order. We are not endorsing a brand or style other than to encourage you to use a saddle without a nose.
Below are the links in alphabetical order:
Comfort Saddle http://www.comfortsaddle.com/index.cfm
Easy Seat II http://hobsonseats.stores.yahoo.net/easyseatii.html
Ergo, The Seat: http://www.ergotheseat.com/index.htm
ISM Sport: http://www.ismseat.com/products_sport.htm
ISM Tourist http://www.ismseat.com/products_touring.htm
Real Seat http://www.realseat.com/
Schwinn No Pressure(not listed on Schwinn Website) http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-No-Pressure-Bicycle-Seat/dp/B000DZGLVY
Spongy Wonder: http://www.spongywonder.com/
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on adjusting the height of the saddle. You will sit more on the saddle and it will be lower than you may be used to.
Note it will take some time to learn to ride a no nose saddle; perhaps a few hours to a few days. It is like breaking in a new pair boots, it takes a while to get used to them.
If you manufacture a no-nose saddle and it is not listed; please email the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org
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