Chapter 2 NO EXCUSES, BIKE TO WORK
muscle you’ve got), and, to a lesser extent, the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus). Contrary to popular belief, cycling does not necessarily lead to bulging leg muscles. What most people find is their legs become trimmer and more toned, in other words, shapelier. You want a cute bum? Get cycling. How about using public transport for part of the journey, using a bike for the start and finish? A folding bike is ideal for this or you could have two bikes, one at each transit node. Or you could drive part of the way and leave your car on the outskirts of town, and get your folding bike out of the trunk of the car or off the car rack.
“I travel long distances, too far to cycle”
“Biking will be bad for my sex life”
In a small minority of men, erectile dysfunction can be caused by sitting for many hours, in one fixed position, on bike saddles (or car seats). “Cycling causes impotence” health scares are just that: scares. Medical attacks on cycling are as old as cycling. Pressure on the genitalia – especially the female genitalia – was seen as suspect in the late 19th century. Not because of damage but because it was thought saddle pressure would over-stimulate. Leading doctors called for bans on women cycling. Such calls went unheeded and the bicycle was a key tool of women’s emancipation. Cycling has long had a love-hate relationship with the bicycle/bottom interface but diligent research will show there’s a perfect perineum perch for everybody. Tush topography varies, don’t just rely on the saddle that came with your bike. Yes, some people suffer discomfort from ‘normal’ bicycle saddles, even ones with cut-outs, gel-pockets, or ridges. Such discomfort, whether real or perceived, can be a major turn-off. Cycle makers have known this for many years. Pederson bicycles, patented in 1894, had suspended, leather hammock-like ‘saddles’. Recumbents with their laid-back, deck-chair like seats have long been advocated for those who really cannot abide mainstream saddles on upright bicycles. And since the year dot, inventors have been coming up with nose-less saddle designs. Many of these inventors assume they are the first to arrive
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