Female cyclists

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Female cyclists logging at least 10 miles a week can expect decreased genital sensation and increased pain compared with active non-cycling female runners according to an article in the November issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Claudette (not verified)
Bike for sale

Just kidding.

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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)

"Here's a link summarizing the study:

Some thoughts...

It states, ""Bicycling is associated with neurological impairment and impotence in men."" I did not know this is a universally accepted fact among medical professionals. My understanding is that it is instead a controversial claim.

It also states that the study’s sample consisted of ""competitive women bicyclists"" with ""higher body mass indices (BMIs)"". Without having the actual report study available to read, it would appear there is a bias in the sample studied.

For instance, if you are able to consistently ride your bicycle on average 120 miles/week over the course of 7 years, and competitively at that, it's quite likely that your BMI will be lower than average. At least that is what I would expect given what I observe.

The study concludes that the cyclists had decreased genital sensation, but at a level that had no meaningful significance. There's also no mention of increased pain.

What I'd really like to know is where I can get one of those ""Medoc Vibratory Sensation Analyzer 3000"" thingamajigs. I'd like to conduct a few experiments of my own. You know strictly for research purposes and to validate the original study's results. Would anyone like to volunteer? (Ok, I know what you are thinking. Laugh if you may. But really, what's up with Herb reading such journal?!?)

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Hand Party Leader (not verified)
Obvious response: Hammer more

Just go on harder rides. The more weight you put on the pedals - the less weight falls on the seat. If you are concerned about this issue simply go all-out all the time. Oh, and never spin. Only use a huge gear and mash. Your privates will thank you for it.

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Yogi (not verified)
Sexually related distress

Measures. (1) Genital vibratory thresholds (VTs) were determined using the Medoc Vibratory Sensation Analyzer 3000. (2) Sexual function and sexually related distress were assessed by the Dennerstein Personal Experience Questionnaire (SPEQ) and the Female Sexual Distress Scale (FSDS).

>MUST…… Stop…….reading…….

OK …Now a funny and true story…..

A few summers ago when I did more A rides, our group was caught in a downpour for half an hour. We were soaked to the bone but we kept riding because it was warm.

A female rider(unnamed) looked at me funny at a stoplight. She said her seat was vibrating, I said “ what, loose? rattling?”, “no vibrating.” Apparently, all the water caused a short in her cellphone, which she kept in her saddlebag. She didn’t want to draw attention to an embarrassing situation at an intersection, so she rode onto lunch where she got the tools to remove the battery, or at least I think she did.

Is cellphone malfunction considered a mechanical?

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Rob Marcus (not verified)

"""She said her seat was vibrating""

and no one has a SMART ARSE answer to that??????

Don't look at me funny, I always look this way.

Robert "" Not the Slowest"" Marcus"

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Marcia (not verified)
Level one

Oh, wait! You mean my seat isn't supposed to be mounted vertically?

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Stacy (not verified)
Blame it on bicycling?

"""Bicycling is associated with neurological impairment and impotence in men.- So its all because of bicycling!

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Josh (not verified)
Blame it on bicycling

Did the bicycling cause the impairment; or did the impairment cause the bicycling?

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Gino Bartali (not verified)

Or can the impairment be repaired?

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Morene (not verified)
vibrating bicycle

Maybe we'd ride even further if the seats could be wired to vibrate. At least we'd ALWAYS be smiling after a long ride!

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Sienna (not verified)

"Two Italian nuns are riding their rickety old bikes down the bumpy back streets of Rome late one summer afternoon.

It starts getting quite dark and the two nuns are getting a little nervous.

The younger nun steers her bicycle closer to the older nun and says, ""You know, I've never come this way before.""

The older nun nods her head knowingly and says, ""It's the cobblestones.""


By the way, Herb, I don't believe a word of that study."

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Herb Dershowitz (not verified)

Cute joke Sienna. I've kept a synopsis of the article if anyone is interested.

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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Spin Doctors

"The results of this study are very good news indeed for woman cyclists.

This is so more even more when there exists some negative bias among the researchers conducting the study, i.e. ""Introduction: Bicycling is associated with neurological impairment and impotence in men"" and stacking the deck using women with higher BMI.

Sure the study found ""decreased genital sensation"", but the amount of that decrease is insignificant. The decrease did not affect those cyclists in any meaningful way. It's like stating that folks who consume 8 glasses of water a day gain weight."

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Marcia (not verified)
Level one

Oh, wait! You mean my seat is supposed to be HORIZONTAL?

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Miss Muffet (not verified)
labor of love

"Little Miss Muffet sat on her Wing-Flex
Rolling the miles away.
Along came a rider, who pulled up beside her,
And offered a roll in the hay.
""It's a lovely offer, and you Do have allure,
But I have a condition for which there's no cure.
So I have to say 'no', although you're so sweet,
For I'm hopelessly in love with my seat."""

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