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Stoked about this MADSEN, photo by Aaron

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 (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:

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.

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Reader Comments (8)

We can't wait, Julian. The denizens of my particular black Madsen live for Family Bike Expos of all kinds, and we look forward to meeting some of our more northerly brethren and sistren! I also want to hear about any cargo-bike-on-lightrail experiences y'all may have on the way. I haven't braved it yet....

See you at the beach!

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

We're in. Light rail sounds fun. Whatever. Tell us what to do Julian.

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMy LIttle Nomads

This Sunday doesn't work for me and mine. Hopefully the next one will. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the ice cream.

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Schmidt

Love the revised start time. I think we can make 2pm happen. Looking forward to it.

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Schmidt

Fabu! Light rail, closed roads and pulled pork. the lahaie four will be there sporting trail a bike and sidecar. we hop light rail under the smith tower and ride out to mt baker. anyone who'd like to join us should email and plan to park on the street as its free on sunday.

also, i found found a great site for a car sharing program just kicking off in Seattle. site is still a little buggy but is backed by NASA Ames. basically we each as individuals can rent our cars. fully insured. would be interested to know whether 5000 cars for rent in seattle would take a 1000 cars off the road?

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I've never taken a bike on the light rail. How does that work with a trailer, trail-a-bike, sidecar, long tail, tandem, or other extra-dimensional bike? I poked around on the sound transit web site but was unable to find relevant guidelines. My specific situation involves a 2-kid Burley trailer.

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Schmidt

I think a trailer would work, but you'd detach it and hang your bike. There seem to be 2 bike hooks per train, plus a handicap seating area that could handle a trailer up on end. Off-peak, probably not an issue. When we "hung" the Buddy Bike tandem from the hook, the ticket guy was friendly about it. Xtracycle, hmm, depends on passenger volume, probably. We might need to split up and regroup at the destination station.

Weather permitting, I'll probably leave from Ballard Commons Park/Library at noon. Hoggs - not sure if it's worth it for you guys to bike all the way to Ballard for the light rail, since the ride via Montlake isn't that bad. Google bike maps seems to have it right for you guys, and there are signs to get you through the Montlake "wiggle" and through the Arboretum. Of course, we'd be happy to have you.

If you're hoping to hook up with the totcycle crew, email directly at totcycle at the m e then a dot com with your cell phone, just in case!

September 18, 2010 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

Hope it was fun.
Local fellow just starting a family biking club. Referred him here.
Kidical Mass New Haven, perhaps....

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

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