I am officially obsessed with my new bike and wanted to share a little more about why I love it so much. In a previous post, I mentioned I got a Madsen Cycle. It was actually pre-ordered a long time ago so you can imagine my excitement when it finally arrived. The bike was a gift to myself when I made the big decision to stay at home with the girls.
I have not owned (or even rode) a bike since I was a child so after my sheer excitement on delivery day faded, I was kind of wondering how I was going to handle not just a bike but one with a bucket attached to the back. Speaking of the delivery, the bike arrived in the most bad ass box. I knew I needed to get comfortable on the bike before I put the girls in the back of it. The good news is the bike handles like a dream and I was off and running (actually riding) in no time...with the girls in tow.
You know me, I love a good small business success story and Madsen Cycles has one of the best! Jared (Red) Madsen designed the original bike after hauling six neighbor kids around in a wheel barrow bucket bolted to the front of their first prototype. He realized the bucket on the front created an awkward center of gravity so they stretched the chassis and put the bucket on the back. The production model has changed but the mission has stayed the same; a bicycle should do more. The bucket includes two bench seats with four lap belts and can hold up to 600 lbs. After carrying two littles and a lot of groceries, pedaling my bike is quite the workout! Check out the Madsen video (from 2011) to learn more about the bike itself...
This bike really has been a game changer for me and this is why...
1. Fitness - Did I mention that I've had two kids and a week's worth of groceries in the bucket? Seriously, the first time I did it I really didn't think I was going to make it home but for this girl, that was a good thing. I constantly struggle with putting 'fitness' at the top of my to-do list so riding the bike everywhere - with the girls in the back - is a no brainer. I've also been riding it to/from spin class. The ride home is always a treat!
2. Social - The day my bike got delivered, my hubs was in the garage and a very excited woman stopped to talk him about the bike. She was probably the only other person in our neighborhood who knew of Madsen so it was cool to hear that someone else shared my excitement. I found out later the woman was my spin instructor! So we bonded over the bike and I continue to let her torture me every week in class. It turns out the bike is quite the conversation starter. I usually talk to no less than 3 people when I am locking it up at the grocery store - I end up answering a lot of questions and accepting a lot of compliments! It really is a gorgeous bike.
3. Adventure - My girls love the bike! They really do. I love that we can talk while we are riding and we can explore our neighborhood like never before. There are SO many playgrounds within riding distance - the girls think I am rockstar when we find a new one. I love that I can throw water bottles, snacks, toys, and jackets in the bucket without having to pack a bag.
Listen, I will be the first to tell you this bike is an investment. But I will also be the first to tell you that it is worth every penny. I am so glad I made the decision to spend my hard earned money (actually vacation day payout!) on something that has enriched my stay-at-home Mom/small business life so much. AND the best price of the year is happening on Friday ($325 off!) so if you are thinking about a Madsen, now is the time!