Madsen kg271/Bucket

City: Cargonaut; $1,299.

Madsen kg271/Bucket     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

With its lower center of gravity, the high-tensile-steel Bucket is a seriously stable cycle truck, and we used its 40-gallon capacity to carry gobs of sundries and hardware; unwieldy, oversize loads that required lashing; and, on the removable benches, up to four kids. The double kickstand made parking and loading easy, and the eight-speed SRAM drivetrain provided a nice range for moderate climbing and flats. But the cherry was the bike's responsiveness to steering inputs. Oversize haulers can lumber along and fight you, sometimes requiring dismount, but we could maneuver this vehicle into and out of some surprisingly tight spots. Upgrade suggestion: a leather saddle. madsencycles.com
VERSATILITY: 3.2 COMFORT: 3.7

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