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Moon Saddles - a new style of saddle(19 posts)

Moon Saddles - a new style of saddlenuke
Oct 9, 2001 4:44 PM
OK, I've seen these things surface (on the 'net) more than once. But I've never seen one in real life. I'm getting a little curious about 'em. You'll have to go to the site to even understand the saddle design; it's too different to describe here.

http://www.moonsaddle.com/

My feeling is that theoretically, they are right in that: If you can place your sit bones PERFECTLY on the saddle, you should be reasonably comfortable. But thinking about it...that would require some extra careful fitting; hardly anyone I know has a perfect fit. You'll have to play with seat position, setback posts, etc. And the problem I can imagine is...if you don't have it perfect, then there is NO chance of you moving around on the saddle, as you're forced into one and only one position.

So does anyone have any real life experience with these saddles?
re: Moon Saddles - a new style of saddleBirddog
Oct 9, 2001 6:17 PM
If you show up with that thing on your bike for a group ride, they'll give you the FRED award. I can hear 'em singing now, "Well I'm being followed by a Moon saddle, Moon saddle, Moon saddle"!
re: Moon Saddles - a new style of saddlenuke
Oct 9, 2001 6:46 PM
Being an engineer, I could not care less about what people THINK of anything based upon its form. I value function over form. If it works, it works. If we were always a slave to what "everyone else does" then we'd never learn/make/do anything new.

I agree with you though, that there certainly would be those that would chant such slogans...just like those who reprised me as a high school student for carrying an umbrella to the bus stop while it was sprinkling/going to rain. If that be a geek, then I are one ;-) but I am my own man.
...and the rest of us will be impotent, but no Fred! -nmfiltersweep
Oct 9, 2001 6:54 PM
Congrats, you're a cool dude.nuke
Oct 9, 2001 6:56 PM
Do you feel better now?
oh, doesn't THAT look comfy!!Rusty McNasty
Oct 10, 2001 4:29 AM
BWAAAHHAAAHAHAHA!!!
Can you imagine climbing out-of-the-saddle with THOSE things hitting the backsides of you thighs on each pedalstroke?
This saddle looks like it belongs on one of those "adult tricycles", you know, the ones with the big ol' baskets front and rear??
Give me a break!!!
Aaah, yes, butmuncher
Oct 10, 2001 5:17 AM
You can stop and turn it around when you get to a hill...
you can turn a regular saddle sideways, too! nmRusty McNasty
Oct 10, 2001 7:47 AM
Hey! You might just be onto something there...(nm)muncher
Oct 10, 2001 7:53 AM
re: Moon Saddles - a new style of saddledzrider
Oct 10, 2001 5:35 AM
Back in the mid 80's my sweetheart tried riding because I liked it. Mostly she stayed in her easiest gear and whined about her seat. I found a seat that was actually two separate, rectangular platforms that moved up and down with each pedal stroke. I thought it was awful, but my honey loved it and stopped whining about her seat. She never did get out of that 42x26 though and I wound up marrying a real rider.

I like their concept of taking weight on your hands. IMHO one of the reasons that people struggle with their seats is that they put too much weight on them and too little on their hands.

You may also want to check out hamoc.com. I spoke with two women on an AIDS ride that found them very comfortable.
thanks for the only serious reply, so farnuke
Oct 10, 2001 6:40 AM
I'm not really looking to change saddles. I was just curious to see if anyone had actually tried these yet and wondered what they thought. As I said in my original post, I think theoretically they would work, but only in one, unchanging position. Offhand, I don't think it would work for me.

I hadn't seen that women's specific saddle at www.hamoc.com and it is rather curious, but definitely relegated only for use by the female gender.

The rest of these posters are SHEEP! It's amazing we have so many bike brands out there. You'd think these SHEEP would just buy what the herd bought.
Errm - surely nope?Mmucher
Oct 10, 2001 6:45 AM
The one thing that almost everyone has a favourite of and puts on every bike they have is a saddle - that's anti-sheep behaviour isn't it?
Oh yes - and it's "flock", not "heard" :-).(nm)Mmucher
Oct 10, 2001 6:55 AM
Oh yes - and it's "flock", not "herd" :-).(nm)Mmucher
Oct 10, 2001 6:55 AM
thank you, now flock off :-) nmnuke
Oct 10, 2001 12:32 PM
What sort of cyclist are they aiming for?bikedodger
Oct 10, 2001 7:32 AM
The INSTALLATION page of the web site shows the rider wearing blue jeans! I have cycled in jeans, but only for short rides in which the saddle is not important.

I still would like to see one being used and take it for a test ride.
They are aiming for:Rusty McNasty
Oct 10, 2001 11:14 AM
The type of rider who has long hair, beard, wears sandles, and rides around with 20 blinkies and a peace flag tied to his bob trailer. Of course, such a rider will have to collect a LOT of empties (or sell a lot of doobies) to be able to afford this saddle, but hey, it's like, doable, man!
What sort of cyclist are they aiming for?nuke
Oct 10, 2001 12:35 PM
I don't know, honestly. I agree that a racer or a century rider would never consider it. But...perhaps...it would be a good saddle for those that insist on the soft cushy saddles that most riders avoid. At least they would get something that would start teaching them what sit bones are...and how they work to sit on seats.

Numb or not, sometimes I do sit directly on my perineum, just to change position in the saddle, though not for very long.
it doubles as handlebarsnm
Oct 10, 2001 11:40 AM
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