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2020年6月 6日 (土)

Sprung Leather Bicycle Saddles (Part 2)

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

In the previous post, Sprung Leather Bicycle Saddles (Part 1), we took a look at the hammock saddle.  I mentioned that I am old fashioned, I make a conscious effort to appreciate the simple things and not allow myself to be carried away by mass marketing and conspicuous consumption.  I enjoy taking care of things that are made well from genuine materials.  I believe that, if you take care of "something", that "something" will take care of you.  Sprung leather saddles are a good example, if one takes care of the leather, the saddle will provide long lasting comfort, and, last a long time.

In this series we are looking at  a few of the main models from the 1950's, focusing on the suspension as the majority of the saddles varied mainly based more on how the saddle was sprung, i.e. the suspension, rather than the top profile. 

In this installment, let's take a look at what surely was one of the most common styles, the 3-spring leather saddle. Although individual manufacturers had their own model numbers in general the the 3-spring leather saddle was commonly known as the 750 series.

750 series
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Three springs in total.
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One spring in the saddle nose.
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And, 2 springs in the rear.
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Top profile
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The 750 was pretty much the standard model and apart from juvenile and lady's models, the main difference was painted or chrome suspension and fancy coil springs.  Compare the following.

750 A (Painted suspension)
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750 B (Chrome suspension with fancy coil springs)
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Closeup of fancy coil springs.
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The 750 series has more parts compared with the 800 series or "hammock" saddle.

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In the next English post we shall continue to take a look at another main saddle model from the 1950s.

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