Accessories Bicycles Parts Specials Tools

Brooks  saddle  brooks saddLe  leather saddle  saddles  leather  seat  seats brooks professional  brooks swift  brooks b66 brooks leather brooks team pro B66 B17 Swallow Swift Professional Team Pro
Brooks Logo
Brooks Conquest leather saddle Brooks B130 leather saddle

Saddles with Springs

Up until the early 1970s, 99% of the world's bicycles came with saddles that featured springs. When the great Bike Boom hit, and racing-style 10 speeds became the hot bicycle style, un-sprung racing style saddles became the fashion of the day.

Unsprung saddles still make sense for weight-conscious, speed-oriented cyclists, but for general cycling, especially on bikes that don't have drop handlebars, some sort of suspension is quite worthwhile.

Elaborate and complicated suspension systems are becoming increasingly common, as riders complain of the discomfort of riding an un-sprung saddle on a rigid frame bike. Some bikes build the suspension into the frame, at great expense. Other bikes come with suspension seatposts, which have sliding parts subject to wear and slop.

For many cyclists, who just need a little bit of suspension travel to take the sharp edge of of the bumps, a sprung saddle usually makes more sense. A sprung saddle has no moving, sliding parts to wear out or develop "sticktion", it is lighter than most other suspension systems, and requires no special maintenance.

Generally, any cyclist who rides with the handlebar grips higher than the saddle would be better off with a saddle with springs.

Sprung saddles are also particularly desirable for tandem stokers, who can't see the bumps coming.

Brooks Conquest leather saddle
Conquest
-- Flyer
Brooks Countess leather saddle
Countess
Brooks B 66 Champion
B66 Champion
Brooks B Champion S leather saddle
B66 Champion-S
Brooks B66 leather saddle
B66 Standard
Brooks B72 leather saddle
B72
Brooks B73 leather saddle
B73
Brooks B33 leather saddle
B33
Brooks B90/3 leather saddle
B90/3
Brooks B130 leather saddle
B130

Click here to see More Brooks Saddles-

New! Click Here for Brooks Saddle Bags

See also the official Brooks Saddles Pages
Beware! Turn down your speaker volume first, this site makes horrible loud noises!

divider

Accessories Bicycles Parts Specials Tools

divider

Back to the Harris Cyclery Home Page

divider

Ordering Feedback? Questions?

Articles by Sheldon Brown and others
Harris
Home
Beginners Brakes Commuting
Lights
Cycle-
Computers
Do-It-
Yourself
Essays
Family
Cycling
Fixed Gear
Singlespeed
Frames Gears &
Drivetrain
Bicycle
Humor
Bicycle
Glossary
Bicycle
Links
Old
Bikes
Repair
Tips
Tandems Touring What's
New
Wheels Sheldon
Brown

since February 10, 2000

Web site by Sheldon Brown

Sheldon Brown's Hotlists


If you would like to make a link or bookmark to this page, the URL is:
http://harriscyclery.com/saddles/springs.html

Copyright © 2005, 2008 Harris Cyclery