Thudbuster ST and Saddle Position
We've done a few things to lighten our tandem such as wheels, CF seatposts (got rid of my thudbuster), my saddle and pedals were heavy too. It's nice to make these changes because we can tell when we pack the bike for traveling that we don't come so close to the weight limit when we have lighter parts, and it's also easier to lift into the van as well.
Anyway, the thudbuster must offer a much greater setback for the stoker than my current CF seatpost with 20mm setback. I still need to be back farther on the bike and we are out of options because the saddle is all the way to the end of the rails where they start to bend upward. I had no idea when I got rid of the thudbuster (haven't missed it and apparently don't need it for 95% of our rides) that I would struggle so much with getting my saddle back far enough again. Do any of you have ideas for other seatposts or ?? Right now I have a bit of knee pain under the kneecap and I'm thinking that it's because I'm still not far enough back. I also have shorter cranks than the captain (mine are 168) and I wonder if switching to a longer crank would help. I don't know what other things I might notice if I change my crank length, so I'm not sure it's a good idea.
I like some of the changes we've made, but I just had no idea such small adjustments could make a difference in how it feels!