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2020年7月 4日 (土)

Sprung Leather Bicycle Saddles (Part 3)

次回この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

In the previous two posts, Sprung Leather Bicycle Saddles (Part 1), and Sprung Leather Bicycle Saddles (Part 2), we took a look at the hammock saddle and  3-spring 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 a design that is basically a combination of the hammock saddle (800 series) and 3-spring saddle (750 series). Although individual manufacturers had their own model numbers in general this combination of the hammock saddle and  3-spring saddle was commonly known as the 900 series.

900 series
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It has a loop in the nose and 2-spings in the back.
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Loops in the saddle nose.
This portion of the design is taken from the hammock saddle (800 series) .
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And, 2-springs in the rear.
This portion of the design is taken from the 3-spring saddle (750 series)
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Top profile
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The main difference among the 900 series appears to be the number of flat base springs and the size and number of loops in the saddle nose.  Compare the following.

900 A
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900 B
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900 C
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The 900 series has more parts compared with the 800 series or "hammock" saddle and 750 series 3-spring 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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