I believe saddles were without a nose at one time, look at some of the old Victorian monstrosities. It seems a long nose might have developed with having to sit astride a frame with inline wheels rather than between wheels as in old tricycles.
As to long nosed saddles, they have come on leaps and bounds over the years, and despite having a retro bike, I have not got a retro saddle, the Specialzed body geometry I have, as it seems they have approached the problem with a bit of thought.
This website is brilliant, if a little freaky in some ways ;
I used it recently to explain to a friend who hated riding a bike, and when analysed, the hate was down to the saddle, he has now got a BG saddle and is riding, grumbling, but riding, it is a start, he gets fitter, his mind could change regarding cycling.
1992 Saracen Traverse Elite ( Sadly Lost
1993 Saracen Tufftrax Elite. ( STOLEN IN PLYMOUTH AREA !!!- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 92#1202592
1995 GT Timberline.
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