I'm not a fan of shocks on a bike. Here is an old simple trick I learned years ago while driving pedal taxi.  This tire shown below is what I consider a balloon tire. Its a Kenda "KWEST" 26x1.95.  I found running a larger tire at a LOWER tire pressure gives a smoother ride to my wrists and palms of my hands.  My rear tire pressure is 80psi and I run my front tire at 50psi.
  Picture me rolling!
it will increase the power you will need to put on the pedals a lot
Not really. The decrease in air pressure will cause a "slight" increase in friction, resulting in the need for "more power." But, unless you do any offroading, I doubt the difference will be more than barely noticeable. I, like the author, find fixed forks much more comfortable. I have seen many people riding dual-suspension, mass marketed, big box store bicycles, and they look like they are NOT enjoying their rides. Most people don't have their suspension dialed out to the appropriate levels for their weight, so they "bounce" when they pedal. Humourous to watch, if you ask me. Or, they are like me and cannot afford to buy adjustable front suspension. I have found that the lower cost suspension forks tend to beat the crap out of me, on or off road. I see the benefits of suspension, but prefer the fixed fork route. Call me a crazy purist!
Interesting solution. My bike has suspension, it is very comfortable.
My comfort is in the seat.
Cool move, I put a traction tread on my rear tire. <br> <br>A

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