Bicycles don't really have seats; they have saddles. A seat would not really work for riding any distance. The friction between the back of your thighs and the seat becomes unbearable before long. On upright bikes your legs have to be able to move unencumbered. Many alternative seats have been tried over the years; none have actually worked. The bicycle saddle can be very uncomfortable but over time this gets better. As you ride more you will develop more muscle on your rear and this will give you more meat to sit on. Also, as you become fitter you will support more of your weight with your arms and legs and less on your tush. Nobody really want's nerve damage in that area. The prospect could certainly prompt cyclists to look for a miracle saddle or to not ride all together. The recent journal paper that caused panic compared male cyclists to male swimmers. Male cyclists indeed had more impotence than swimmers. However, male cyclists had less impotence than sedentary people. Professional cyclists who have spent years riding 30k miles/year still manage to sire children. And no professional cyclists use slings, no-nose or other unconventional designs. The two best ways to avoid nerve damage is to ride a bike that fits your body and have a saddle that fits your bottom. The shape of the saddle has far more to do with comfort and nerve safety than the amount of cushioning, anatomic bumps, or holes in it.
A no nose comfort seat is what I had on my bike. I couldn't stand it. It was uncomfortable, made it hard for me to lean forward. And it dug into my thighs which I hated. I have a nose seat on now and it is much better. That seat was one of the reasons I would start and stop. I think you need to be comfortable on a bike in order to keep at it. Try it out I know some places give you 30 days on the seat to see if you are comfortable with it so it is worth the try if it is something you are interested in but personally I would never recommend one.
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If you are climbing a steep hill, the nose of the seat helps to shift the weight towards the front tire, which can lose traction easily if the hill is steep enough. To conserve energy, it is more advisable to be seated while climbing a steep hill, because cycling in a standing position will consume much more energy.
Otherwise the nose is a nuisance. I occasionally get my biking pants and the nose of the seat entangled when I stop and go.
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Hi all, I have been doing some reading on the damage that bike seats can cause to both men & women. The suggestion is to go with a "no nose" bicycle seat. Does any have one? If so what are your thoughts?
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