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arse_neckarse_neck Posts: 24
edited September 2007 in The bottom bracket
Forgive me if this topic has been raised in another thread. But I am looking for some advice.

My wife and I are trying for a baby, but struggling a bit. I've had my bits tested, and my sperm count is plenty high enough. Yet the little fellas just aren't active enough.

Gynaecologist suggests this could be something to do with me cycling. I commute about 60 miles a week in total, and have just bought a shiny racer to clock up more miles at weekends. Doc has said it might be an idea to stop. I'd be gutted, as I love it, but of course there are more important things in life.

Just wondering if anybody out there has had a similar experience, and what they have done to get around it.

And also, instead of stopping altogether, would it be worth me investing in a different saddle? My Brompton has a brutal Fizik Vitesse, and my new racer a boggo-spec Cannondale saddle. If anyone was able to recommend an alternative that might take the strain off a bit, I'm all ears.

Thanks in advance, censored _neck

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  • I'd change you're GP, and then you nickname. Good Luck!
  • Problem solved . . . . Get a recumbent bike. Sit back and enjoy!
  • McBain_v1McBain_v1 Posts: 5,237
    Anatomic saddle with special "love groove" cut into it - you know it makes sense!

    What do I ride? Now that's an Enigma!
  • Differnt saddle might help but cycling is only part of your life. I gather keeping 'em cool (no hot baths/saunas) might help, as might a good look at your diet and perhaps the addition of a mineral & vitamin supplement (B,C,E & zinc especially) for a few months. Alcohol has been shown to affect things negatively too - at teh sperm level not just performance wise!
    Perhaps you could cycle your cycling your follow your wife's cycle a bit (can I really write that!!). Take it easier on teh cycling before her ovulation?
    And try not to get too hung up about things - relax and have a fun life together - before you know it you'll have twins!! :wink:
  • I'd be gutted, as I love it, but of course there are more important things in life.

    Good god man, I think you should get your head checked out too! :lol:
  • I don't know if he is a specialist, but in his book, 'Bicycling Medicine', Arnie Baker, MD, suggests that cycling, per se, isn't the problem - rather that the heat of tight cycling shorts is the issue.

    If there is any truth in this, maybe a pair of baggies would help :)

    I would tend to go with the suggestions being made by your specialist at the end of the day as they will be based on knowledge of your case.
  • cracklecrackle Posts: 216
    yeah I'd change your nickname to 'troll' and strongly advise you don't have children at all!
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  • fossyantfossyant Posts: 2,549
    What utter 'b****cks' - pardon the pun....

    Just keep trying...heh...heh

    Cycling is more likely to increase your 'fitness' than doing nothing - have you seen how many kids Chris Boardman has, and that was when he was racing.........
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,568
    stop cycling for a week - have a few of the wrist to get in fresh supplies

    then make nookie untill baby is concieved - get back on bike

    don't even need contraception for the "Practice"

    P.S. - no i'm not medically trained in any way - what gave it away?!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver wrote:
    stop cycling for a week - have a few of the wrist to get in fresh supplies

    SNIP

    P.S. - no i'm not medically trained in any way - what gave it away?!

    A few of teh wrist will makes chances smaller I suspect - as the littel swimmers haven't had time to mature, get their tails up to speed adn the nutrient soup in which they swim will be weaker.... So J Arthur - don't!
  • This subject probably better suited in know how but if you're really worried..
    maybe this is for you

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Selle-SMP-Strike- ... otohosting

    Haven't tried one myself but noticed these in the only 2 bike shops I went into in France recently.
    Make sure your saddle is level also..and if you've got someone to give a once over on saddle height and fit all the better. Best of Luck.
  • nickcuknickcuk Posts: 275
    meenaghman wrote:
    ...and if you've got someone to give a once over on saddle height and fit all the better.....

    is this some perverse act that I've yet to hear about ?
  • CunobelinCunobelin Posts: 11,792
    nickcuk wrote:
    meenaghman wrote:
    ...and if you've got someone to give a once over on saddle height and fit all the better.....

    is this some perverse act that I've yet to hear about ?

    Of course not!

    It simply means we should check positioning, speed, effort and duration of the rides?


    A video would help?
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    He that buys flesh buys many bones.
    He that buys eggs buys many shells,
    But he that buys good beer buys nothing else.

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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    60 miles a week is censored all in terms of hours in the saddle.

    How many hours do the pros manage ? And they seem to be fine with producing little racers.
  • On a similar note, Ive noticed some loss of sensation down below, not sure whether its a good thing (increased endurance) or a bad thing (decreased sensitivity) yet though.
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