Product Review: The Moonsaddle
The product review: The moonsaddle is a new invention which allows the rider to enjoy riding without having to wear any kind of saddle. A unique design, it uses a special pouch made from a fabric with a thin layer of foam inside, which fits over your lower abdomen and provides support while you ride.
The manufacturer claims that the moon saddle will reduce pressure points in your lower back and pelvis, thus reducing pain during long rides. They claim that it will also improve circulation to these areas, making them feel better. The manufacturers have not yet released any scientific evidence or studies showing how effective their invention really is. However, they do say that if it works as advertised then they expect sales to increase significantly due to its novelty value alone!
How does it work?
When you sit down on the moonsaddle, the material around your lower abdomen is compressed and squeezed into a small pouch. This causes some pressure to build up there, but because it’s so tight it doesn’t cause much discomfort. The material is soft enough that you don’t even notice it’s there until someone touches your stomach area when sitting on a regular saddle. When you stand up again, the pressure relieves itself naturally.
The manufacturers stress that the rider should not sit down hard, otherwise the pressure build up could be dangerous. They also warn that it should not be used by people with hernias or anything similar.
How much does it cost?
The moonsaddle can be bought online from a number of different stores. It’s priced at around $40-50, which is about the same as a cheap saddle.
So, Should I buy one?
That’s entirely up to you. There is no scientific evidence that it will work, and safety warnings could put some people off. However, if you do a lot of riding then it might be worth buying just for the novelty value!
A unique new type of saddle that has begun to gain popularity with serious long distance riders. It looks similar to a normal noseless saddle at first glance, but instead of a hole, it has two small protrusions of hard plastic. These are positioned where the gluteal muscles (buttocks) would normally contact the saddle.
The idea behind the tongueless saddle is that these protrusions provide more direct pressure on the buttocks than a hole, and so prevent numbness or pain that might normally be felt through the gluteus maximus muscles. Many long distance riders claim that using a tongueless saddle significantly reduces pain and numbness over a long distance ride.
That’s about it for now on tongueless saddles, if you want to know more, search around the site for the phrase “tongueless saddle” for some more info.
A new type of saddle that has become popular over the last few years. It works in a similar way to the old noseless saddle, except it provides extra padding between the sit bones and the saddle. This padding reduces the amount of pain and numbness felt by the rider on longer rides.
The manufacturer claims that their research shows that 90% of riders who use a moonsaddle will have an improvement in comfort and reduced pain after a two week period.
The manufacturer also states that the best results are obtained by using their saddle in combination with the new noseless saddle, and that this provides significant improvement over a traditional saddle.
Does it work?
Although there may be some truth to the claims made by the manufacturers of these saddles, there is no reliable evidence to prove that riding a bike for prolonged periods will cause long-term damage to the genitals. In fact, These saddles seem to be aimed at the New-Agers and people who believe everything they see on the internet. There is no scientific evidence that riding a normal saddle for short periods of time will cause any long-term damage.
The only way to achieve actual damage would be through constant and prolonged pressure to these areas. This could only really happen through a serious accident that causes injury in this area, or through some type of disease.
If you are worried about numbness or genital damage while cycling you should consult your doctor about the possibility of a serious underlying medical condition.
So should I buy one of these?
Even though there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence that normal cycling will cause long-term damage, if you are seriously concerned then why not try one of these saddles out for yourself. That’s what they’re available for after all! If you find it improves your ride, then why not buy one.
Of course, there is the possibility that you may find that the new saddle causes you more discomfort than your old saddle. If this is the case, then don’t use it!
In general, if you are concerned about long-term genital damage from cycling then you should see a doctor. Cycling short distances on a regular basis will not cause any damage.
Where can I get one?
You can buy the traditional noseless saddles from a number of online merchants, such as amazon.
The newer “Moonsaddle” is only available from the manufacturer’s website or an approved dealer.
The traditional noseless saddles start at around $70, and the moonsaddle start at around $200.
How long will it last?
These saddles are made out of some fairly sturdy materials, and so they should last for a long time as long as they are looked after.
What else do I need to know?
Before buying a saddle, it might be a good idea to speak to other people who have used the saddle that you are considering. This will give you some extra reassurance that you are buying the right saddle for you.
Does cycling shorten your life span?
Some people believe that long term cycling can lead to shortened life spans due to loss of kidney function or even heart attacks. This is not true. Recent studies have shown that regular cycling actually has several health benefits, and can increase life span by up to ten years!
Famous cyclists tend to live longer than the average mortal, with the most famous example being the seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong who is still racing at age 38.
How can something that gets you fit shorten your life span?
This myth could be explained by the fact that a lot of people take up cycling when they are already in poor health and so begin to feel the effects of being out of shape, such as shortness of breath and fatigue.
If you start cycling and are in good health then it might be a good idea to make sure that you don’t cycle too often in short periods of time, such as more than five times a week.
If you feel tired or out of breath after a ride then it is important to listen to your body and give it time to recover before your next ride.
Sources & references used in this article:
Cycling‐related sexual dysfunction in men and women: A review by C Baran, GC Mitchell, WJG Hellstrom – Sexual medicine reviews, 2014 – Elsevier
Type-level specifications in REA enterprise information systems by GL Geerts, WE McCarthy – 2003 – msu.edu
Safe Cycling by T Mitchell – working-well.org
Transfers to a gravitational saddle point: An extended mission design option for LISA Pathfinder by AD Cox – 2016 – docs.lib.purdue.edu