April 27, 2011
The weather was so fine on the weekend! I suggested to Don that we give the Madsen a spin so we could see how Dexter fares in it now that he's bigger and stronger. Last time he rode in it was in the fall and his helmet was horribly wobbly and he had a lot of conflicting feelings about the whole outing.
Now that he is a little older, he seems to be cool with wearing his head shell.
It's still huge on him, but at least it doesn't just slide backwards and off his head like before.
As you can see, Dexter is clearly ready to rock as a Madsen passenger .
Off we go!
We decided to spin around our neighbourhood.
Dexter was in fine spirits.
I even took the bike off a few curbs and purposely rolled over some pot holes to see how Madsen would fare... both Dexter and the bike were fine.
Then we swapped off so I could be the photographer and Don could have a go with the bucket.
Dougal was being very bad and tugging, so I told Don he needed to be responsible for both little d and stinky d.
Dexter loves his bucket bike!
He seems to be sturdy enough to enjoy the bumps and open air now, whereas he seemed quite dubious last fall. Now that Dexter is so happy in the bucket I'm really looking forward to taking it to the farmer's market this summer so that Dougal can join us as well. When we go via train we're not permitted to bring the dog:(
Here is Dexter after his ride, enjoying the sunset while we talk to our neighbours!
Now, the one thing I am going to complain about with the Madsen is that I HATE the saddle. It's so awful that I wonder what the point is of selling the bike with that saddle at all. Without getting into too many details, let's just say that saddle + Miss Sarah's bum is a highly uncomfortable combination. UGH! I can't wait until we change it out.
Don, on the other hand, doesn't seem to think it's nearly as bad. Maybe it's nicer to boy bums than girl bums?
After this ride, Don used the Madsen the next day to take Dexter to the park. Worked like a charm. He rides around with Dougal so that the dog can have a nice run, then afterwards they all roll over to the park and play. Faster than taking the stroller! And fun for the kids to take turns sitting in too. I like the kickstand on the Madsen because people can climb all over it without the thing tipping over.
Yay for cargo bikes and biking as a family!