I slowed on my cycling recently (it's cold and wet in Texas), and started having some back pain, after every ride. Never really had it before. Stressed feeling sure but nothing ever out right debilitating. I finally gave up and at the request of my wife went and saw the Dr. He referred me to a sports medicine specialist who's first question about my bike was whether I had a tiny seat. Long story short sitting on nerves. I have switched to a padded seat and it's huge but we'll see how it works. If I start feeling better I might be on more. I had trouble finding them in my lbs. They had covers but no real seats. I was thinking about finding an old bike with those spring loaded seats but I don't know how much better it would be. Has any one used a padded seat before? It's neat but I think you get what you pay for. Who even manufacturers padded seats that would be considered a quality manufacturer of bike stuff?