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Serious Riders, Your Bicycle Seat May Affect Your Love Life

In women, Dr. Goldstein said, the same arteries and nerves engorge the clitoris during sexual intercourse. Women cyclists have not been studied as much, he added, but they probably suffer the same injuries.

Researchers are using a variety of methods to study the compression caused by different saddles. One method involves draping a special pad with 900 pressure sensors over the saddle. The distribution of the rider’s weight is then registered on a computer. In another technique, sensors are placed on the rider’s penis to measure oxygen flowing through arteries beneath the skin. Blood flow is detected by other sensors that send a “swoosh” sound to a Doppler machine.

The research shows that when riders sit on a classic saddle with a teardrop shape and a long nose, a quarter of their body weight rests on the nose, putting pressure on the perineum. The amount of oxygen reaching the penis

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Best Bikes for Big Riders

If you categorize yourself as bigger, taller, or heavier than the average cyclist, and avoid (or just have a hard time) shopping for cycling gear because of it, it’s time to change your old-school thinking. Plenty of brands make gear and apparel for those who need a little more durability here and a little more room there—from sturdier wheels to wider shoes to stronger bikes. See at-a-glance reviews below of five of our top-rated plus-size gear recommendations, or scroll deeper for full reviews of these and other high-ranking options, plus more buying info.

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