Time Trial Tandem: Is It Just Me Or….

… does the stoker look like they need a little more room?


This particular Filament Cycles one-off composite tandem was highlighted in a thread on the BikeForums.net tandem cycling sub-forum started by Richard Craddock who formerly build frames under his surname, Craddock Cycles.

His shop is spectacular-looking and appears to be kept as spotless as a clean room.  His frames are also very nice looking, both in their pre-painted raw condition and after the final finishes have been applied.

During the updates the length of the stoker compartment was questioned by at least a couple of readers but a photo of the tandem in time-trial configuration with aero wheels or riders aboard was never posted.  However, after reading one of the more recent updates and looking at the linked photos on Richard’s Flickr site I scrolled through his gallery and stumbled up this.

Again, as I alluded to in my title / intro sentence, the stoker compartment looks a little cramped for that particular rider.  What do you think?  Am I missing something relative to power production and frame fit for a stoker on a TT tandem?

Contrast that with the Tiemeyer TT Tandem I featured in a blog entry back in November 2012:


Or, from the same blog entry, this Hooker TT Tandem:


And finally, a composite Calfee TT tandem that won best tandem at the 2013 NAHBS that I featured in a February 2013 blog entry:





About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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