Many men love bike riding, and why not? It’s not only a great physical exercise, but it can be done in a wide variety of places - mostly outdoors, along some of the most scenic routes a man could ever hope to find. For some, bike riding isn’t just exercise. It’s a way to relax and refresh the soul. So it can definitely come as a dismaying surprise when a man learns that all his penis care might be for naught if he’s not paying attention to the potential penis injury bike riding could cause.

Common penis injury from bike riding

Many men who bike for long distances become accustomed to soreness or some level of penis pain, especially when they spend some of that time resting on the seat of the bike. But do those men really understand what that discomfort is all about?

Numerous studies have been conducted on the question of penis function among those who often ride bikes, and the results are sobering. In one study, 61% of riders reported feeling numbness in the genital area after a ride, while 19% of those men complained of problems with erectile dysfunction. Further testing revealed that 70% of the men in the study suffered from a lack of proper blood supply to the penis during and immediately after their ride.

This might be because when a man rides a bike, the seat pushes against the genitals in such a way that it slows the blood flow that is usually running through that area. It’s also the blood flow that is responsible for making a man hard when he gets excited. Though that blood flow might ‘bounce back’ immediately at first, over time and many bike rides, the area can become permanently damaged, leading to decreased blood flow at all times and eventually, to problems like penis pain and erectile dysfunction.

How to solve the penis injury problem

Fortunately, there are some things a man can do to protect his penis while still enjoying the ride. First, he should speak with a professional bike trainer to make sure his seat and handlebars are properly aligned, thus taking some pressure off the groin. He can also look for a padded seat or an alternative shaped seat, both of which can help reduce the pressure. Padded shorts can also help.

Many people love to ride a bike outdoors because of the scenery and fresh air. However, a man who is dealing with erectile dysfunction issues or penis pain might want to go to the gym, where he can use a recumbent bike to avoid the pressure on his groin that leads to these problems.

When a man chooses to take a long bike ride, he should take frequent breaks to get off the bike, walk around and let blood flow in the groin return to normal. But what about men who race their bikes? Those guy should look to their trainers for advice on how to best alleviate the blood flow problems without sacrificing their speed and distance on the bike.

A man can also help keep his penis in better shape by reaching for a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) . A crème that contains L-arginine, known for helping to increase blood flow, as well as L-carnitine, known for protecting the penis from nerve damage, is always a good idea. Other vitamins can help the skin "breathe" and Shea butter with vitamin E can provide the hydration the skin needs, especially if it becomes chapped and sore from hours on the bike.