I believe the original question was too shy to make it through
Short answer: Don’t sit on them!
Yes, you can hurt yourself, but you’ll definitely know it when it happens. You should develop a habit of placing your testicles in front of you whenever you sit on the saddle.
There shouldn’t be any long term harms, though. I’ve been through testicular cancer (over a decade ago) and the docs said there is no correlation with physical abuse of any kind. (I have a history of combat sports.)
Someone could argue that the saddle keeps the testicles too close to the body, so they’ll be too warm. That will hinder sperm generation (same happens when wearing tight jeans). I don’t think any one of us will spend that many hours on the saddle. I’d say endurance bikers are more at risk.
That was really funny. Made me laugh out loud and choke on my chamomile tea. Made Jim look at me funny cos I said I was working and made him go and get my son an ice cream so I wouldn’t have to get up.
im currently on muscle relaxers and an anti-inflammatory for back pain that was at least partly a result of unicycling. I have also injured my ankles a couple times and now wear ankle wraps anytime i ride aggressively.
today i tried to pedal grab a bin about 1m high fell off landed on my head and elbow. You can ask edd it made a nice thud on landing. Funily enough my head was fine after 1 minute or so wasnt even that dizzy (i’m so hardcore :P)
However my elbow is still hurting - although its getting better and better so hopefully no lasting damage done and i’ll wake up with it good as new.
So yeah you can hurt yourself quite badly, but wear shin pads, wear a helmet (i will do from now on - cause that was close) and some gloves/wrist guards and you should be ok.
After that its up to you wether its worth the risk or not.