Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Grant, Al
Bikes: Easy Racer Tour Easy, Bumblebeast (off road recumbent) 2015 Trek FX 7.3, Rans Dynamik
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wanted to give it a little longer before posting but I'm eager to share... I got the saddle just a liitle over a week ago and have put about 50 miles on it so far. 20 on my first ride and 8 - 12 on the other 3. A little background. I ride an XL (25 in) Trek 520. With the seatpost nearly all the way down and the handle bars flipped over I am very comfortable on this bike. Well for about 10 miles due to the fact that I do not like bike shorts and purdy much refuse to wear them. I bought a Terry Liberator this spring and it was an improvement but was still not happy. Enter the moonsaddle. I wore sweatpants on the 20 mile ride. Started out with the seat facing backwards (tips of the moon to the back) which is standard. But my seatpost would not let me tilt the seat downward as much as reccomended on the moonsaddle website.
(pertinant part copied below)
To attach MoonSaddleTM to your seatpost, rotate the front points of the "moon" upward and to the rear, where the saddle sits about 20-30 degrees from horizontal, or roughly directed toward the front hub of your bike. This adjustment presents the two radiuses to the sit bones in optimal form."
by turning it around I could get the right angle.
If you prefer more support to the "moon", simply turn the MoonSaddle around. That's right... MoonSaddleTM can be installed in either direction. You may point the tips of the "moon" forward and down 20-30 degrees from horizontal and still harness the same skeletal support."
So I turned it around. The tips of the moon are slightly anoying turned this way. However, the comfort is a big improvement. Here are just a few of my observations. On the 20 mile ride I was still seated at the end of the ride. My butt was starting to feel a little tender but I wans't "standing" ever little bit like I did previously with the Liberator. My thighs were completly free from rubbing (a big problem for me on the wide Liberator). I felt absolutly no nubness like I did on the Liberator. Mind you, it wasn't bad on the Liberator so no big improvement here. On the shorter rides I really never felt anything. I did notice I needed to keep on hand on the bar when getting a drink. I could carefully coast hands free and even around a 90 degree curve at 18 miles an hour but no peddling hands free. This may or may not improve as I get used to the moonsaddle. The other thing. I wore gym shorts on one of the rides and felt like I was constantly sliding off the saddle (to the front). With sweat pants and kaki pants I felt a lot better but still felt a little more weight on my hands than with the Liberator. However using my aero bars felt great. I actuall think I can peddle harder with this saddle than the liberator. My knees are now closer together as they pass the front of my bike. With the bar end shifter on the left pointed straight back I saw my knee was naturally passing inside it. normally I have to concentrated to do this. Bottom Line. The saddle is comfortable but I am sacrificing a little bike stability when I need to be no hands a few seconds to take the lid off my drink bottle etc. I may eventually find a seat post that will let me turn the saddle around and ride it the prefered way. The money I save on bike shorts should help justify the expense to the wife...
PS, I just started using this site. handy.
PSS bent my fender today. well the wire part. the fender actually went under my fork when I bumped it with my toe which caused the wheel to grab it and turn it under. the fender rolled back out easy enough but the wires are bent and I lost one of the nuts that holds a wire. been looking to replace the front fender with one of the easy off kind Brian (in Jacksonville) mentioned so I may get that kind next.