We wanted to let you know that we are still working hard on the soft tops! We are SO SORRY it has taken so long to get them completed and out to you. It has been a very frustrating and drawn-out process, much to our chagrin. BUT WE ARE GETTING CLOSE!!! We still don't dare say an exact date, as we are still awaiting the FINAL SAMPLE to arrive from the sewing factory. We have worked with 5 factories on 3 continents who have either taken a long time to tell us they could not complete the project, or have taken a long time to send us a less-than-top-quality sample.
We know for some of you who have pre-ordered the soft top, it has been a very long wait. WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! We also totally understand if you are frustrated, and would be happy to issue you a refund if you are tired of the wait. Just shoot me an email at email@example.com.
We are still INCREDIBLY EXCITED about this product and think it will be a fabulous addition to your MADSEN bike adventures. It is going to be AWESOME and will keep your precious cargo safe from the elements. WE CAN'T WAIT!!! Thank you for your support.
We have the 2014 bikes in our warehouse and can't wait for you to receive yours!! They are awesome!!! All preorders are currently being assembled and will be shipped soon. Jared Madsen is busily working to get your bike delivered to your doorstep. We appreciate your patience, as we are a small company and handle all orders in-house. Jared is hoping to ship all preordered bikes by the end of January and will ensure that each bike is assembled with the quality you expect and deserve!
UPDATE: Soft-top RAINCOVERS are still being perfected at the sewing factory and will be here soon. We will keep you updated on the progress. If you ordered a SOFT-TOP with your bike, we will ship your bike without any extra delay, and will ship your SOFT-TOP just as soon as they arrive. Meanwhile, ORDER YOUR RAINCOVER today! You will love it for your bike and we are really excited to finally have them available to ALL MADSEN BIKE OWNERS.
Lets start with some thing fun! I got the best Christmas card from a MADSEN riding family. I asked Ernie if I could share his Christmas photo, thanks Ernie for the great Christmas card!
Now something not so fun, we received shipping confirmation for the new 2014 MADSEN. The best possible landing date at our warehouse will not be sooner than 1/3/14. With possible custom inspection delays and other unseen delays most likely it will be after 1/3/14. We are so sorry no new 2014 under your Christmas tree this year. Thanks for your understanding and patience. We will get all the pre-orders shipped as quickly as we can.
The silver lining; the pre-order discount will stay live until we receive our shipment. If you haven't already placed a pre-order you still have time and can take advantage of this huge savings.
We have now owned our Madsen 271kg/Cargo Bucket Bicycle for well over a year. We have used it for over 750 miles (1,200 km) with kids and/or other cargo in multiple situations............
Family Bicycling wraps up the Madsen Review with a great Prows and Cons list. I would like to see were more Prows than cons, but I can live with that. Thanks for the over all positive wright up! Check out whole story at Family Bicycling
We've teamed up with Albion Fit to offer a cargo bike and $1000 worth of clothing to a lucky fan! To enter, like Madsen Cycles on facebook (here) and then head over to the contest page (here). Once there, entering is as easy as pinning or instagramming.
Speaking of which, while we've been on instagram a while (madsencycles) we just started pinning! Are we behind the times? Our new page could use some love and pins, but feel free to drop in and say hello here. In the meantime, one of you is about to get a new bike and lots of clothes!
What’s on your front rack? Mine has got a "custom carved" milk crate and a spiderweb bungee to hold everything in place while keeping it all completely accessible during a ride in case I need to grab a treat for the kids or take a quick swig of water. It's really like an open drawer on my bike where I can toss all kinds of useful things like on the spot air conditioning (spray bottle), my bike stereo (mp3 player plus a small portable speaker), and of course a diaper bag full of emergency items like candy and binkies.
Thanks again Ann for sharing! PLEAS keep these posts coming. If you ride a MADSEN we all want to know about it. Whare do you ride? what is your cargo? What dont you like about your MADSEN? Send your story and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you ride a MADSEN? have a photo or two? we would love to hear from you!!
Thank you so much Ann for giving me this post to share. Ann rides a 2012 MADSEN is a super Mom of 3 a suppper active girl and a great wrighter living in Arizona. check out the rest of her story below.
I'm a pretty active person with hiking and biking near the top of my list. That didn't change once I had kids, but unfortunately since my husband travels so much for work I just had to be more creative and figure out how to bring all my little people along.
At first it was easy: with one baby I could still hike and ride quite easily as long as I always remembered to bring diapers. With two babies I could still hike with one on the back and one on the front for the first six months, and I could ride on quiet roads pulling a double trailer. With three it got trickier- I could still stroller hike on a small handful of paved trails and old service roads through the forest. I could still ride a bike too with the addition of a kid bike seat, but I knew it would only buy me a few months. From day one of the new bike seat my toddlers knees were already pressing into my back, but besides that at this point my four year old could barely squeeze into the trailer next to his baby sister.
November in Zion National park was our last ride of the season. I was pretty bummed because I figured it was also probably my last ride on something other than a spin bike for a couple of years. Even worse we'd recently moved to a new community full of lovely bike paths that I'd pass all the time in my car during my errands around town. It was like rubbing salt in the wound. Fortunately by the time Christmas came so did a Madsen Bike- I didn't even wait for the weather to warm back up before I started using it to take the kids to church on Sundays.
The first thing I noticed was the extreme convenience of getting the kids in an out. Setting up the trailer and buckling everyone in always took so much time, but now we can all jump in and out so easily that we started stopping along our rides anytime we felt like it, to feed horses, to examine beetles, to scan the pond for that one giant crawdad... We also started riding a lot more and a lot longer than we ever had before- a dream come true for me. Since the kids could now see so much more of the scenery (compared to a trailer view) and we could converse easily we started riding for more than an hour or pretty regularly. Sure by the end I often had to pass out the refined sugar, turn on an audio book, or pretend to be hitting my head on all the overhanging tree branches, but hey, I was back in the saddle again and logging some serious time. The center of gravity of the Madsen is different, but I got over that pretty quickly and can actually stand up on hills for extra power if needed, and on a certain ditch on one of our regular routes, I've actually gotten air. So what started as potentially a commuter bike for me has really turned into one of my favorite forms of kid-included outdoor recreation.
People on the trails often comment on how strong I must be when they see me dragging along all my kids in the bucket, but really riding my Madsen is just about still being able to do some of the things I love the most with the people I love the most.