I am ready to buy my first Brooks saddle for all day and longer rides.
But I can not decide: with springs, or without? B17?
Do the spings provide more confort, or they just make you loose energy,
by bouncing you up and down?
A few years back I purchased a "very comfortable" gell saddle.
You can imagine the pain I had on a few rides before I destroyed it.
Please, any advice from your experience will be wellcome.
Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
Generally, the only purpose springs (or suspension seatposts) serve on a bike is to cushion bumps for riders who choos a very upright position with virtually all of their weight on the saddle. Riding a cruiser, for example, can lead to some lower back problems for some people if they don't have springs or suspension.
Go without springs. A well broken-in Brooks does give some energy absorbtion due to it's "hammock effect."