Whilst not the most popular idea by any stretch of the imagination, but there is some suggestion that non-nose bicycle saddles may be worth a serious consideration for male riders. Before going no-way, it is worth considering the health benefits (or risks) versus vanity. I think it is fair to say that I sit in the traditional saddle user category preferring Brooks England saddles but I am noticing of late a little discomfort and hence starting to re-consider my views.
A posting at Smart Planet has got me exploring the issue. Is that a bad idea?
A noseless saddle has one major benefit: It removes a great deal of pressure from one of the most sensitive areas of the body.
A traditional bike saddle puts 25% to 40% of your bodyâ€™s weight on the nerves and blood vessels down there, but a no-nose saddle shifts that weight toward the sit bones…
After the six-month study, the percent of officers who felt numbness while riding dropped from 75% to less than 20%. They also showed improved sensitivity to the biothesiometer and reported better erectile function.
However, on average, they did not improve in the Rigiscan measure, which Dr. Schrader believes shows that riding a conventional saddle could have lasting effects on the body.
So why aren’t no-nose saddles popular? Maybe this is the reason …
The answer comes from a bike shop owner quoted in the article who said, â€œThis saddle screams out: Iâ€™ve got a problem.â€