17 April 2009
Another Cargo Bike Option: Madsen Cycles
My wife and I were talking yesterday about how to get three small children (ages 1 to 3.5) to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium by bicycle from our house about five miles away. Our Xtracycle will soon handle two kids, but the third one would end up in a trailer, which is not my favorite option for crossing Tacoma. Trailers are great on trails (ya think?) and back roads, but not so much on narrow city arterials. And what if I wanted to take the threesome some where by myself?
Enter Madsen Cycles out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Madsen has pioneered the bucket bike, a take-off on the tried and true Dutch bakfiet, or box bike. Madsen mounts the box behind the pilot instead of in front, and the box is actually a 40-gallon bucket made from the same material as a kayak. I feel like the Madsen likely offers a similar handling quality to my Xtracycle (which I like) and several reviewers have said so as well. The bike is rated up to 600 pounds and can accomodate four small children in the bucket.
Madsen has some scratch & dents on sale, and will ship the bike to your door, fully assembled, for free through the end of May. My wife and I felt like these discounts easily made the bike worth a try, so we ordered a blue one this morning. More to follow.