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by Mark Zalewski
December 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: No more podium girls at Tour Down Under; A review of the professional cyclist union; Froome feared a broken back after Tour crash; Tour de Yorkshire route announced; Kjell Carlström to direct Cycling Academy team; Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic development team; Holowesko-Citadel team adds four in 2017; Australian women’s Team Roxsolt evolving; No positive doping tests from 2016 Vuelta; Will Routley announces retirement; New research into bike saddles and erectile dysfunction; Cyclist ID law overturned; Riders on the Revolution Cycling Champions League London; Boiler Rollers – Teaser.
New research into cycling and erectile dysfunction (ED) conducted by a professor of urology from Stanford University and a longtime bicycle saddle designer is hoping to see if saddle designs have lowered cases of ED.
“We think this will be the biggest, most extensive health study ever done of cyclists,” said Dr. Roger Minkow, one of the study’s two authors. “No medical study of [bicycle seats and ED] has ever considered all of the factors that we will be looking at in ours.”
Dr. Minkow, who used to work for Specialized on saddle design, is working with Stanford urologist Dr. Michael Eisenberg.
“We were able to measure penile blood flow but we couldn’t prove anything because if a rider had used a poorly-designed seat for years he could have already done damage,” Dr. Minkow said. “Likewise, no medical study has ever been done to consider bicycle fit and it’s impact on penile blood flow.”
“Hopefully we’ll be able to say whether proper equipment and a proper bike fit can impact [ED].”
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