• Spain's news in English

High-tech bicycle saddle stops sore private parts

Steve Tallantyre · 18 Jun 2013, 13:46

Published: 18 Jun 2013 13:46 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The saddle is articulated, allowing flexibility between a narrow, fixed front section and a broad, mobile rear end, according to Spanish daily ABC.

It has been created to comfortably support the bottom and tailbone and can be adjusted to fit users of a wide range of girths.

Alfonso Panchón Ruiz, who led the project at the University's Institute of Applied Physics, Science and Technology, told ABC that the saddle would lighten the load on cyclists' genital areas.

"The main advantage of this design over traditional saddles is that allows the user to rest and recover from fatigue in those areas of the perineum that are compressed for long periods of time, something for which they are not designed," he said.

He added: "The classic bicycle saddle has a stiff, single structure in the anteroposterior (front-to-back) direction that causes the tissues of the perineum, which are soft and not designed to support loads, to become compressed regardless of the position of the rider."

Too much weight pressing down on these soft body parts can lead to chafing and cause nerves and arteries to become compressed during exercise, resulting in a lack of blood flow.

This can cause numbness in the genitals, which Panchón Ruíz described as being a problem for both men and women.

Medical treatment is sometimes necessary if long-term symptoms persist.

The researchers found that the only two ways to alleviate problems with traditional saddles were to stand up on the pedals or get off the bicycle and discontinue the exercise.

But the new saddle lets riders rest their bottoms while pedalling normally.

Story continues below…

"With the new design, the rider doesn't need to get up out of the saddle, it's the saddle which moves by turning or moving below the perineum area," said Panchón Ruíz

In this way it "radically relieves pressure in the area, immediately improving blood flow to the affected parts and allowing tissues to recover".

The development team are confident their design is one-of-a-kind and has significant international commercial potential. 

Steve Tallantyre (news@thelocal.es)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain worries about tourism future
Photo: Josep Lago / AFP file picture

After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say.

Spain’s Socialists meet to decide on veto
The Socialists are meeting Saturday to decide on whether to lift a veto on the minority conservative government or not. Photo: Gerard Julien/ AFP

Spain's embattled Socialists gather Sunday for a crunch strategy meeting expected to see the party lift its veto on a minority conservative government and finally unblock the country's ten-month political deadlock.

Spain's 'Napflix' aims to bore viewers to sleep
Photo: Screengrab/ Napflix

A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more "monotony and repetition."

Recipe: How to make fabada - traditional Asturian bean stew
Photo: Flavio Lorenzo Sánchez/Flickr

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day... and don't forget the crusty bread and cider!

Brit 'paedo' held on Costa del Sol after Most Wanted appeal

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives was arrested on the Costa Del Sol following a tip-off from an expat just hours after his face appeared on a public appeal.

Spain's parliament approves deficit reduction measures
Photo: Images Money/Flickr

Spanish lawmakers approved on Thursday measures to reduce the public deficit and keep it under the target agreed with the European Union.

'Cubism and War' show opens at Barcelona Picasso Museum
Pablo Picasso Harlequin and Woman with a Necklace. Photo: MP

Barcelona's Picasso Museum unveiled an exhibition on "Cubism and War" on Thursday depicting how one of the most influential artistic styles of the 20th century survived the First World War.

Why this bionic limb pioneer doesn't believe in disability
Hugh Herr has been award Spain's top science prize. Photo: FPA

The Local speaks to Hugh Herr on winning Spain's top science prize and how being an amputee doesn't make him disabled.

Dine in the buff at Spain's first nudist restaurant
A buffet of organic food will be served on "human tables". Photo: Innato / Facebook

Spain's first naked dining experience is to arrive on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.

Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Photo: AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and between animal activists and fans of the tradition.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
jobs available