MADSEN rides like a regular bike & has a short learning curve compared to other cargo bike options

MADSEN rides like a regular bike & has a short learning curve compared to other cargo bike options

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Mastering Starting and Stopping on Your MADSEN Bike with Confidence

With its intentional engineering and design, rear weight distribution, low center-of-gravity, and upright riding position, MADSEN is renowned for riding like a regular bicycle and having a short learning curve compared to other cargo bike options available. Thanks to these design elements, MADSEN is also comparatively easier to ride on hills. Still, mastering starting and stopping can be a little tricky for some riders at first, especially when you have a load of precious cargo in tow. But fear not! With a little practice and these helpful tips, you'll be cruising around with ease in no time.

Practice Makes Perfect

Before hitting the road with your little ones, it's a really good idea to spend some time practicing without them. Familiarize yourself with the weight distribution and how the bike handles both with and without passengers. Start by mounting and dismounting the bike solo, and making a few turns, until you feel comfortable with the process.

Once you're ready, gradually add one child at a time to the bucket as you practice. This incremental approach allows you to adjust to the added weight and fine-tune your balance and technique. Figure out if you like most of the weight on the bench directly behind you (most beginners prefer this), or further back on the bike.

Starting Off Smoothly

When it's time to start your ride, ensure all passengers are securely seated and settled in the back of the bike. Keep the kickstand engaged until everyone is ready, as you have a firm grip on the handlebars with your feet firmly planted on the ground.

To get going, step over the frame and stand in front of the saddle (not sitting yet), secure both hands on the handlebars, and simply push the bike slightly as you walk forward to retract the kickstand. This method allows you to maintain stability while transitioning from a stationary position. Make sure your bike is in an easy gear (you can shift into an easier gear while the kickstand is down by turning the pedals and  shifting with the bike in place) before starting to prevent any unnecessary strain when pedaling away, and ensure the pedal is in a great spot for taking off when pushing down with your foot. If you have an e-MADSEN with a throttle, the throttle can really help with take-off, giving you a little power (but even with a throttle, make sure the bike is in an easy gear). 

Stopping Safely

Stopping smoothly is just as important as starting. When coming to a halt, begin by gradually slowing down and shifting down into an easier gear. As you approach a complete stop, slip forward off of the saddle and plant both feet firmly on the ground while maintaining a firm grip on the handlebars and brakes.

If your children are old enough and comfortable doing so, encourage them to hop out of the bucket independently once you've come to a stop. This reduces the overall weight on the bike, making it easier for you to maintain balance while dismounting.

Mastering the Kickstand

When it's time to engage the kickstand, with a secure grip on the handlebar, hold the bike straight up and down as you step to one side of the bike. With one hand on the handlebar squeezing the brake and the other hand on the bucket or the saddle, use your foot to push down the kickstand. As soon as both rubber feet contact the pavement, roll the bicycle backwards to engage the kickstand. (Note: the more weight that is in the bucket, the more effort that will be needed.) Once the kickstand feet hit the ground, you can let go of the handlebar.

Remember: Keeping the bike straight up and down (as opposed to tipping to one side) is crucial when mastering the kickstand.

Once the kickstand is lowered and secured, the remaining passengers can hop out, or you can assist them. Rest assured, the kickstand is designed to be exceptionally sturdy.

Practice, Patience, and Persistence

Remember, mastering the art of starting and stopping on your MADSEN bike may require some practice, patience, and persistence. With each attempt, you'll gain confidence and refine your technique, making future rides smoother and more enjoyable for both you and your passengers.

So don't be discouraged by the learning curve—embrace the challenge, and soon enough, you'll be navigating the streets with ease, creating unforgettable memories along the way. Happy riding!

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