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Old 07-17-07, 12:26 PM   #1
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Brooks B17?, with or without springs?

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.
Thank you.
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Old 07-17-07, 01:06 PM   #2
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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."
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