Willamette Week tackles major cycling issue

Good thing we’ve got the Willy Week watching our backs (or should I say fronts?).

In an article titled, “Hey Numbnuts” they bring in an OHSU urologist to dispel an article in the NY Times about a link between erectile dysfunction (E.D.) and bike seats. For 95% of cyclists, this is a non-issue. But every time this pops up in the media, everyone talks about it…and the doctors that specialize in E.D. get a nice bump in business.

If you (or your significant other) is concerned about this issue, the Willy Week put together a quick quiz that will put your mind at ease:


  1. Daily commutes by bicycle are likely to lead to erectile dysfunction.
  2. There is a higher prevalence of E.D. in Portland than in other comparably sized U.S. cities.
  3. Bike-seat-related E.D. is often preceded by genital numbness.
  4. There are too many hidden causes of E.D. to try to list them.
  5. The only way to avoid bike-seat-related E.D. while maintaining a cycling habit is to ride your bike standing up.

Get the answers and read the full story at the Willamette Week.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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17 years ago

Nice…you got to use the words Willy, “pops up” and “bump” all in the same article. = )

17 years ago

also “issue”, “standing up”, “prevalence”, and “genital”