Updated: NEW START TIME at 2pm
Did you know that South Seattle was home to no fewer than four Black MADSEN cargo bikes, all with electric assist?
I did not, although I had heard of a mythical StokeMonkey assist MADSEN down that way. But a few weekends ago at a BikeWorks event, I had the good fortune to meet up with these Black Riders of the Family Biking Apocalypse, including Morgan Scherer of familybike.org (which puts on most excellent family bike demos year-round), and Brynnen Ford, whose MADSEN minivan was featured in this excellent series from Alan Durning. And I got to try their bikes, one with an eZee upgrade from Cycle9, and the Stoked MADSEN, motor from Clever Cycles, installed by Aaron's Bike Repair.
It felt pretty amazing to pedal comfortably up steep hills with bionic legs, and accelerating to cruising speed from a stop was also very nice. It didn't feel at all like "cheating," and in fact would probably get us to bike even more, especially if we lived in such a hilly part of town, or had bigger kids.
Morgan's bike had some sweet modifications done by Haulin' Colin, including a front frame-mounted rack with giant Wald basket, bolted on using the braze-ons on the top/down tubes (and presto, MADSEN have just released their 2011 lineup, including a similar front rack!). That big plastic bucket fills up quickly when you have 2 kids and groceries to move, and I'd love to have one of these for ours. She also had Colin weld a trail-a-bike style hitch to the back, just behind the fender, so her older son can hitch up to the MADSEN for longer or more traffic-y rides. Very cool idea.
They were excited to have a Kidical Mass down their way, as was I, so they ran with it. Without further ado, I present September's ride, this Sunday Sept 19th! Meet at 2pm at Mt. Baker Park, and we'll depart at 2:30pm, for a ride to Full Tilt Ice Cream on Rainier, and then loop back to the start. I may be tempted by the sweet Georgia Gold sandwich (pulled-pork with mustard BBQ sauce and slaw) at Roy's.
Here's the map and route: http://tinyurl.com/28mtbrb.
Detailed notes from Alex and Morgan:
What the map fails to convey are the following: 1) south of S Genesee St we will go on a short trail through Genesee Park, 2) on the one block of S Alaska St between 38th Ave S and Rainier Ave S, people could move to the sidewalk (this is a brief, but somewhat steep hill with sometimes heavy traffic), 3) after crossing Rainier, we would actually go through Columbia Park behind the library, 4) after going on Hudson for a block, we would turn right on Rainier and proceed to Full Tilt Ice Cream via the sidewalk.
The Trek Triathalon will be happening that day, but we think that if we start at Mt. Baker Beach at 2:30 the route should be clear of triathletes.
As for you North Seattle Ridazzz, some of us will be either riding down there, or perhaps riding to the Westlake Light Rail Station and taking it to the Mt Baker stop, depending on weather and laziness and thirst for multimodal adventure. Let us know if you're up for that in the comments.