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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.
We found this story pretty inspiring and thought you might too. Jesse is a school teacher, and dad who uses his MADSEN like few others. He rides it to work (school) every day, carries his children home from school with it every day and shops at Costco and Home Depot with it.
Jesse never liked driving a car. It made him feel stressed out, impatient and bored — just trying to get there and being obstructed by all the other motorists just trying to get there. He’s discovered that biking to work not only increases his enjoyment of the journey, it actually saves him time!
“No matter what, I never got out of the house in less than an hour,” he says of when he used to drive to work. Then he had to sit in traffic in his car. Now he gets up, makes coffee, loads the bike, fills the travel mug and is out the door in 15 minutes. It takes him 25 minutes to get to work and 15 minutes to shower, shave and change. So, “in less time than it used to take me to get out the door, I’ve had my coffee, a good workout, a shower and I’m at work and feeling great!”
He’s getting quality time with his daughters from the moment he gets off work and he has the freedom and satisfaction of not being dependent on a car with all its associated stresses. That is a different kind of life.
If you own a MADSEN, we'd love to see you and your bike in action. Share your photos and videos and if we feature them here on the blog, we'll send you a MADSEN Cycles gift package with some MADSEN and bike-related goodies. Send your submissions to email@example.com
This is a great short video of a MADSEN hard at work. Mike lives in SLC and is testing a lid prototype. You can see he is testing a lot more than the lid. This short clip shows how stable and durable a MADSEN is.
Autumn, a beautiful mom of quadruplets, knew she needed a MADSEN after she saw it on a friend’s blog. She writes in her own blog, “to me it's freedom and fun.” Autumn’s husband Brett, after initially giving her a cold shoulder about the idea, contacted us and had the bike delivered to a neighbor’s home just in time for a Christmas surprise. Their MADSEN was the first to be delivered fully assembled, tuned up and ready to ride--right to their front door! We will be offering this service to anyone unable to pick up from a local dealer. This service will be available in 2009, and will be FREE in the month of January. Check out the Kimball's blog to read more about their MADSEN and her amazing family!