… 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: