Thursday, May 11, 2017

We Decided! Madsen Bucket Bike with 1000w Mid-Drive. Family Electric Assist Cargo Bike Spec. here.

We've finally decided on a family cargo bike with electric assist

Here's the test ride that convinced my wife this was the bike for her. 

Lot's of research and actual test rides of a Radwagon, Yuba Mundo, and Bike Friday Haul-a-Day later, we pick Madsen Cycle's Bucket Bike! Here's our developing spec sheet with help from Dave at vbikesolutions.org
Testing VT Bike Solutions test Madsen with Befang 1000w mid-drive. We'll get Red I think. 

The bucket, with my son and his "fancy dress" clothes from the thrift store. Not sure where he came from!  

The bucket next to a Radwagon Monkey Bar Caboose. The bucket is actually lower, but looks even. See below photo.
Right: See how much lower the bucket is than the Radwagons Caboose? Mid-drive motor and battery on custom bracket in center.

Mid-Drive Electric Assist Specs on this Bike. 

  1. Bafang 1000 watt BBSHD kit.
  2. 14 amp hour battery 
  3. Battery bracket: Karl Kemnizter custom makes it locally in Brattleboro. 
  4. Gear sensor, a gear sensor extension wire, and a speed sensor extension wire.
  5. Lekkie Bling ring. It's smaller and stronger, stock chainring worked ok on the test bike.
  6. Night lights. 
  7. Front rack/basket from Madsen Cycles
VT Bike Solutions test Madsen with Befang 1000w mid-drive

Madsen Bucket Bike with a BaFang BBSHD 1000w Mid-Drive motor next to a Radwagon
Madsen Bucket Bike with a BaFang BBSHD 1000w Mid-Drive motor next to a Radwagon.
Close up of BaFang BBSHD 1000w Mid-Drive motor
Close up of BaFang BBSHD 1000w Mid-Drive motor