By towing both our son's beloved Chariot Sidecarrier trailer and a BOB Yak Plus cargo trailer, we've been able to make several family grocery runs by bike this year. But we've recently become aware that he may outgrow the Sidecarrier in the next year or so. The Burley Piccolo trailercycle we recently snagged at a yard sale can't handle the weight of a loaded cargo trailer behind it, so we've been looking at various cargo bike arrangements. The basic options are: Various trailer arrangements. "Longtail" cargo bikes, which have an extended on rear end with a long rack usually topped by flat deck for passenger seating. Examples include xtracycle, the Surly Big Dummy, the Kona Ute and the Yuba Mundo. "Box" or "bucket" cargo bikes. These are very popular in Dutch and Danish cities (and increasingly so here in Portland), and usually have a large wooden box in front of the rider for kids and cargo. And usually cost about $3000. Examples are the Bakfiets, Metrofiets, Christiania Bike and Joe-Bike. A new design is the Madsen bucket bike, which puts the box behind the rider and allows more "normal" steering geometry. When the Madsen came out last year, I thought it looked like the smartest cargo bike design yet, and the $1300 price made it a lot more attractive than some of the other options. But we still thought we'd wait until the little guy outgrew the Sidecarrier before making a final decision. That all changed this weekend when we saw that our local Bike Gallery chain had put them on sale for $850. SOLD! We love it! We took it out yesterday for Sunday Parkways in our neighborhood (along with a neighbor family who took their son in their Bakfiets), and then stopped at the grocery store, adding 4 big grocery bags and a watermelon to the load. The Madsen handled it all easily.