Friday, May 5, 2017

Wife test rides Madsen Cycle's Bucket bike and Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Mid-Drive Electric Assist Family Cargo Bikes

Today, Dave, chief evangelist at Vermont Bike Solutions brought over a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day with a 750watt Bafang BBS02, 750W mid drive electric assist and the next day, a Madsen Bucket bike, with a Bafang BBSHD 1000 Mid Drive electric assist motors. I bought out my used Radwagon for size comparison. My wife is doggedly testing bikes out for taking our 2 kids to school. One kid is still too young for monkey bars so would need a strap in seat, which he don't like so far. She's tried the Yuba Mundo (great bike but a bit too heavy and big) and the Radwagon with a Yepp seat (too high seat, too heavy, fell over and fractured our daughters arm!)  I love my used Radwagon with monkey bars only though, no strap in baby seat.

And the winner is...Madsen Cycles Bucket Bike. 

More photos below.
Madsen is her pick after testing for months. She wants our 2 kids and no strap in high baby seat.
Runner up. Dave from Vermont Bike Solutions with my wife on a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day

Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Test Ride and Comparison with Radwagon

Great American made bike. Light, small, sturdy. Unlike the Madsen, this can be used more easily as a one person bike when needed. 
Bike Friday Haul-a-Day. Our son loves to dress up. 
Bike Friday Haul-a-Day is shorter lighter and lower then the Radwagon.






Madsen Cycles Bucket Bike

To my surprise she felt the Madsen rode the best with the most stability. It's a big bike and the bucket makes it really a hauler. The nice part is that it's like a pickup truck, always ready to simply use to carry things. And it keeps the kids inside something and low to the ground like all bucket type bikes 



With Radwagon in background, even on back 

It's a big long bike, like the Yuba and XtraCycles. The Radwagon is shot and stocky. 
 
Optical illusion here, the Madsen is a bit lower then the Radwagon due to a 20" rear wheel. 

It's a big bucket
"Oh my god, momma picked the Madsen as her favorite!"
 Our son loves to dress up "fancy" with his clip on tie...not sure where this boy came from!