Cycling is not only a great mode of transport and form of exercise, it’s also an exhilarating sport. But are there issues with riding a bike too frequently?
A recent report by The Guardian reveals that cycling may actually lead to some problems between your legs. Earlier studies have highlighted the general health benefits of riding a bike, but it may not be that good for your penis.
One study by Norwegian scientists found that cycling for long periods led to 20% of men experiencing penis numbness, while 13% eventually developed erectile dysfunction (ED) which lasted more than seven days.
Despite all these reports that seem to show that cycling is bad for men, it may not be as bad as it sounds.
Recent research involving Benjamin Breyer, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, seem to suggest that cycling isn’t as dangerous as it seems, and that these issues depend on how long people ride their bikes for.
Breyer advises cyclists to take steps to avoid numbness after long cycles. The result of the research found a link between how long a cyclist spent sitting to the chance of experiencing numbness in their genital area.
“I think that the riding behaviours that lead to prolonged perineal numbness should be avoided,” he said.
“Transient erectile issues can arise after very long rides in male riders. There are different seat designs that put less pressure on the perineum, and getting off or out of the riding saddle can definitely help prevent numbness.”
While there is an understandable fear of getting ED due to riding for too long, Breyer assures cyclists that it’s not something they need to actively be worried about.
“The issue is more nuanced than just whether cycling causes ED or not. Certainly, just sitting on the couch or in front of the computer eight hours a day is the worst thing for your sexual and overall health.”
So in case you were fearful of your buddy being in danger, you can breathe a sigh of relief if you’re just cycling for leisure or moderate exercise. It’s not like you’ll be doing the Tour de France on an oBike in the first place.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer