GaGaGear

Archive for the ‘Wheels – Toddler’ Category

Photo Credit: gadgetreview.com

Ruh, roh, family biking fans…  We’ve covered Taga Bikes a bunch on GaGaGear, and recently learned that the convertible bike-to-stroller pioneer is notcurrently out of stock” (as indicated on their web site) – they’ve hit pause as a business, awaiting new ownership.

From a partner at Taga, in response to our email:  “Taga is not out of business.  The company is changing owners and the production is currently on hold until the complicated transition is complete.  In the meantime we provide support to our existing customers.”

That there is new ownership in the wings is most likely good news for Taga fans – certainly better than the alternative.  We’re hoping new management brings their stroller-bike transformer concept out here to Portland Oregon!  Portland would absolutely embrace these sort of bikes.  Though recent U.S. economic news might mean some belt-tightening around the nation, you’d never know it from the popularity of bakefiets in our town.  (Check out our favorite family cycle shop Clever Cycles, which just expanded its space for the third time in four mostly recessionary years!)

GaGaGear thanks The Rumor Mill for the tip, and the fine folks at Taga for the swift explanation.  Good luck to all!


Advertisements
E-Z Step Universal Stroller Wheeled Board Amazon.com

E-Z Step | Photo Credit: Amazon.com

We’ve talked a bit on GaGaGear about single-to-double convertible strollers (from BabyJogger and Bugaboo) – but if your toddlers are spaced so a double just isn’t practical, consider adding wheels off the back.  Several top manufacturers offer what’s termed a “strollerboard” or “buggy board” which can be snapped on to the back of the main stroller chassis to accommodate a standing rider. 

I finally unpacked mine today (Bugaboo Universal, attaching to my Bee) almost *a year* after purchasing it, and it was the perfect solution for a day at the Zoo with my two toddlers.  I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this earlier!

Before buying, consider the make and features of the single stroller supplying the ride.  Some models, like the E-Z Step, claim universal attachment for a wide variety of brands; others, like Bugaboo’s or UPPAbaby’s, are universal only within a brand.  While the branded boards tend to be more expensive, they were also designed with your stroller in mind (and will also look the part) – off-brand boards will always look (and possibly behave) more like an add-on.

Umbrella strollers may not be good candidates for a buggy board if the handles do not telescope – it could be incredibly awkward to push a heavier load from an already stooped posture, especially with a toddler sandwiched in between.  Strollers with two-handed push may also find themselves tripping over the board – it helps to have a single pushbar so you can walk off to the side if needed (especially with a single-wheel model like the Bugaboo).

Bugaboo Universal Wheeled Board with Bee | Amazon

Bugaboo Universal | Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Read reviews closely before making a purchase – a few off-brand models have suffered recurring customer complaints and disturbing breakages.  It seems as though safety is easiest to accomplish 1:1 with the brand – true universal models seem to rely on velcro-type fasteners to account for varying chassis width, whereas Bugaboo and UPPAbaby (for instance) designed specific attachments for a custom fit.

E-Z Step Universal Stroller Wheel Board – $59.95 on Amazon

UPPAbaby PiggyBack Ride Along Board – $89.15 on Amazon

Bugaboo Universal Wheeled Board -$100.00 on Amazon

In the weeks leading up to her 3rd birthday, our daughter became suddenly and fiercely attached to the idea of riding a scooter.  We were a bit skeptical (it was wintertime, after all, which would put the scooting mostly indoors), but she persisted, driving us to spend many late nights on-line, researching wheeled possibilities for the toddler set.

We ultimately settled on KickboardUSA’s Mini Kick scooter, and after two months’ scooting (indoor AND out) cannot recommend it enough.  Mini Kick is specifically designed for beginning riders – it’s low to the ground and features 3 wheels (2 in front!) for greater stability, yet maintains a decent turning radius for navigating the living room furniture.  It has a smooth, quiet glide, and is light enough for our 3 year old to lift and maneuver off the ground when necessary.

Scooting on Mini Kick seems completely intuitive to the child – our daughter has essentially taught herself how to scoot, steer and brake while we sat back and marveled.  The only bummer is the flexible plastic footing – while totally functional and key to this beautiful concept, it doesn’t support the weight of an adult, so we can’t get in on the fun.

Mini Kick costs $79.99 through KickboardUSA.com and comes in an array of candy colors – we got orange, though I’m sure our daughter would have preferred hot pink.



  • JHeff: I have read a good number of comments about most users of the boba not really ever using the foot rests. Looking at the videos I've seen, the back on
  • Mama GaGa: Oh, boo! Thanks for the manufacturing update - I will make note in the post. Cheers - MG
  • Cathy: I know this is a couple years old but I ran across this post and was so excited when you said the Boba was made in America - a big selling point for m

GaGaGear on Twitter

Archives

COPYRIGHT INFO

Original site content ©GaGaGear, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to GaGaGear with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
BlogWithIntegrity.com

Back To School Cool:

Back to School Shopping