Biking risks

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    Jul 31, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    I just bought a new mountain bike. I just need to know are there any health risks (besides that of being thrown over the handle bars and dumped into a heap on the floor)..

    I imagine that it's not particularly good for your penis, insomuch as you're focusing your entire body weight onto a small area, which happens to be where your penis shaft is.

    I heard also, one of my friends saying that it affects your heart in adverse ways.

    Please can someone put my mind to rest please icon_smile.gif

    Thanks
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:19 AM GMT

    You'll be fine. Your dick gets jarred and tossed about everyday, however, I did experience some discomfort when I rode, before I got a bigger seat because the small seat definitely isn't made for big muscle butts and baskets. I'd highly recommend you purchase a bigger seat and as for your heart, consult your doctor if you have a bad ticker, but otherwise riding your bike won't hurt you.
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:52 AM GMT
    Keep your bike well-maintained, ensure the brakes are set correctly and work well; have the seat adjusted for the correct height; wear cycling shorts and get a decent seat.

    Enjoy it. Not having fun is a serious health risk ;-)
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    Aug 01, 2008 5:27 AM GMT
    Cycling is one of the top forms of exercise for improving cardiovascular/respiratory fitness. Unless you have prior heart issues, cycling is actually good for your heart...hence the ten million stationary bikes in gyms. If it was really bad for your heart you wouldn't see an exercise bike in any gym in the country.
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    Aug 01, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    I. Love. My. Bike.
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:50 PM GMT
    Awsome... Thanks guys =] I bought a larger gel saddle today. It's not bad too
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    Aug 01, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    hehehe, loving this post!

    I have to say that biking has helped me a lot with loosing weight. I bike every day to work (5 times a week and sometimes on weekends) Monday Im full of energy but once friday arrives, Im just burnt.

    The seat at the beginning will hurt (like some one just kicked you with the tip of their shoe) but with in a week your butt will adjust! Right now I dont even need padded shorts and Im fine.

    My only concern with biking is cars and driver who dont pay attention to their surroundings!


    Biking Rules!
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    Aug 01, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
    Don't worry too much about racking "the boys" on your seat. If your bicycle salesman was decent, he should have been looking out for you in this way to begin with. The part you have to worry about is the top of your bike frame, between the handle bars and seat. Make sure that this area is low enough so that when you stand over your bike, you do not risk hitting yourself here. Sure, when you bike on a straightaway, your bum will be on the seat in an uncomfortable way. But when you're powering up a mountain, you may enjoy standing a bit to be able to maneuver your front tire over logs, rocks, etc, and you're going to want to be able to bunny hop onto / over obstacles, requiring you to be off your seat. When going down the mountain, the same rules apply for when you want to avoid obstacles, and you may find it more comfortable to lean your ass back behind your seat, so that your body weight is over your back wheel, helping you not to spill over the front of your bike.

    I don't know if you have any medical conditions, but if you're able to do cardio without problems, I don't think mountain biking will be a problem for you.

    If you don't already have clips for your pedals, they're well worth the small investment so that your feet don't spill off the pedals flying down a trail. This will probably cause more of a threat to your groin than a seat style will. ;-)
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    Aug 01, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    rustispassionate saidI. Love. My. Bike.
    For you Cutie!!
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    Aug 13, 2008 1:47 PM GMT
    YAY QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!!!! this thread just gets better and better WHOO! lol
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:29 PM GMT
    Dude you are fine! Biking is the sh..!!! Best cardio ever and it has been working for me!
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    If you are cycling in cities at all watch out for people opening their car doors in front of you. I lived for two years with a guy that nearly lost his arm that way. As it was he had this huge trench in his arm that was pretty unsightly.

    I have a mountain bike but I never use it in Toronto. It just is not fun cycling in a big city.
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    Aug 13, 2008 3:43 PM GMT
    Like others have said, watch out for vehicles around you. I hate seeing in the news that another cyclist was killed by a driver who wasn't paying attention.

    You said you got a new seat, good. Be aware that they make bike seats SPECIFICALLY for men. The seats usually have a cutout in the middle to not put pressure on the perineum thus saving your frank and beans. Most normal seats don't have this cutout, and it's the pressure that can lead to erectile dysfunction, and possible prostate issues.

    http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=details&PageID=30&SKU=SA5002

    This would be an excellent example of a good seat for a man.

    If you're going to be riding in the city a lot, I would recommend getting some hybrid tires. Unless you enjoy expending energy that is lost in the extra rubber that a mountain bike tire has, something like this http://www.bikesomewhere.com/bikesomewhere.cfm/productLarge/287/3366/12947?i=default will still give you plenty of traction, but has a lower profile to get more of your power to the street.

    Guilty mentioned getting lights, VERY good idea if you plan on riding anytime it might be dark out. I would recommend an attached flashing red light for the rear, and a detachable front light to light your path. Another alternative is a headlamp, that way the light shines wherever you turn your head. They also come in very handy for camping or anywhere you need hands free lighting =)

    And of course...check with your doctor to make sure it won't kill you.
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    Aug 14, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    haha

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1198

    Proper seat it is then lol