Your guide to 16 noseless sperm-saving seats
Wednesday 14 July 2010
The 97th annual Tour de France is underway and although you are not competing, researchers have found it is important to think of your sperm before you decide to spin or cycle vigorously or for long periods of time.
The info site HealthyCycling.org explains that there is "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."
Many ride bikes daily for fitness (spinners, athletes), transportation and work (police, messengers); the most common complaint is numbness and it should not be ignored as it may lead to impotence and infertility not to mention heat friction in the genital region (a sperm-killer).
Here are 16 noseless seats that offer a healthy alternative:
Bisaddle ($80-225/€64-180): http://www.bycycleinc.com
Comfort Saddle (£39.10/€31) http://www.comfortsaddle.com/index.cfm
DDWings ($94.99/€76) http://www.ddwings.com
Easy Seat ($29.95/€24) http://hobsonseats.stores.yahoo.net/easyseat.html
Easy Seat II ($59.95/€48) http://hobsonseats.stores.yahoo.net/easyseatii.html
Ergo, The Seat ($29.98-49.98/€24-40): http://www.ergotheseat.com/index.htm
ISM Sport ($84.95/€68): http://www.ismseat.com/products_sport.htm
ISM Tourist ($74.95/€60) http://www.ismseat.com/products_touring.htm
Moon ($78.75/€63) http://www.moonsaddle.com
Real Seat ($90-100/€72-80) http://www.realseat.com
Revla Saddle ($55/€44) http://www.buyrevla.com
RideBall (€56-59.90) http://www.rideball.de
Schwinn No Pressure ($19.99/€15.95)
Spiderflex ($109.99/€160) http://www.spiderflex.com
Spongy Wonder (€56.94-96.18): http://www.spongywonder.com
Un-saddle (€180): http://www.theunsaddle.com
Background info on saddle health and research:
US Center for Disease Control (CDC) on no-nose saddles: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/wp-solutions/2009-131/default.html
"The vicious cycling: bicycling related urogenital disorders": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15716187
"Great balls of fire and the vicious cycle: a study of the effects of cycling on male fertility": http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12419067
"Serious Cyclists' Sperm Suffers": http://www.livescience.com/health/090710-cyclists-sperm.html
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