Added good springs to my saddle.

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bluegoatwoods, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    This could be useful for anyone who wants to soften the ride.

    I got a set of 'porch swing' springs from one of those warehouse style home improvement stores. About 8 1/2 bucks. They come with a set of 'drawbar' springs inside. But those are easily removed.

    A few carriage bolts, some fender washers and nuts will run a few dollars more. All told, the thing can be built for about 10 bucks.

    Sprung seat 01.jpg

    Sprung seat 02.jpg

    Sprung seat 03.jpg

    I got it finished this morning and my test rides, so far, have only amounted to a couple of miles. Still, it feels like it's probably trustworthy. And it's definitely softer. Not as soft as, say, a motorcycle with true rear suspension. But it feels as if I'll be delivering fewer shocks to my rear axle, the chainstays and my lower back.
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  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    One more thing.....
    Sprung seat 04.jpg
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  3. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Now that is the most novel bit of engineering i've seen!
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  4. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Nice, dunno what to say but your touché must be very thankful.
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  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Still...I'm fairly happy with this 'mickey mouse' engineering. But I've also seen some pretty ingenious stuff on this forum.
  6. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I like the way you suspended the front of the seat. Its secure but allows the seat to pivot.
  7. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Since this engineering is out in the open the time to patent it is closing Wheel.
  8. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    Did you mean "tushy"? Touché is a different word.
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  9. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Both my tushy and my touche are never happy with anything.

    But my butt is very grateful :)
  10. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    excellent engineering, tribute to your gift of creativity.!
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  11. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Thanks. And, for that matter, I am kinda proud of it.

    On the other hand, I thought about this issue for a long, long time before that 'light bulb went on' in my head.

    I've had some good ideas in the course of my life. But most of them came pretty late in the game.

    But I guess that's better than nothing.