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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

The rumor mill continues to swirl around Bugaboo’s vaunted new double stroller, The Donkey.  In September, Fast Company’s Design staff gave it an info-packed preview but held off on any real judgment.  Read Co.Design’s article here, then return to GaGaGear for our thoughts, which continue below.

Bugaboo Donkey: Single + Storage

Our Take:

Before getting into it, you should know how heavily we at GaGaGear are anticipating Bugaboo’s double stroller.  We’re big fans of the Bee (own it), which really delivers for urban strolling in addition to turning heads with its elegant design.  So let’s just say expectations are high.  Now for the (p)review…

Frankly, from what we’re seeing, it’s hard to judge whether Donkey’s really got kick.  First of all, the name is terrible – why pick a moniker so loaded on the back end?  (But then Bugaboo’s names have never really made any sense to us, other than the Bee.)  Better make sure it performs, or the recall headlines won’t be pretty.

Second, the would-be-iconic design proposition of a “stretch” conversion seems in itself a stretch.  Sure, it might be clever for adding that double, but forcing a single into a wide and unbalanced stance in the name of storage just doesn’t make sense to this mom.  (Not to mention two kids is two times the gear – and how much storage?  Wondering how the basket area underneath will be affected by the expansion mechanism.)  Pushing a Maclaren Twin Techno for just a month with 30 pounds on one side and 15 on the other was so sketchy, we just threw our baby in the Ergo and continued to push our toddler in the Bee.  Donkey’s horizontal push bar would make a difference over Maclaren’s two handles, but it’s hard to see how this is going to ride smoothly as a single stroller, especially one-handed (latte-handed?).

Bugaboo Donkey: Expanded

Maybe it’s really a smooth and simple operation as advertised…but any solution that requires parents to assemble, disassemble or otherwise configure their stroller instead of just popping it open or shut could be missing the point.  The more kids you have, the simpler you need this stuff to be!  One-step fold was Bugaboo’s weak spot with both the Frog and Cameleon, but they solved it brilliantly with the Bee.  Seems like they’re back to a series of steps with Donkey, which is a shame.  Not to mention the simple truth: more moving parts means more potential points of failure.  Donkey’s designers do a good job disguising the complexity here – we’ll need to get hands-on to know for sure…  But we wonder whether expanding – which was certainly the harder solution to design – is ultimately preferable to snapping on along the lines of Baby Jogger’s City Select, which we profiled in 2010.  (Or maybe Baby Jogger just protected the heck out of that IP?)

Here’s our theory on why baby gear purchasing drops off so dramatically as families grow.  Moms aren’t magically sprouting more hands so they can do more with less.  The more kids we have, the simpler gear has to be to hold our attention.  And there simply isn’t simple gear for twins and multiple young children in a family.

For years, the double stroller world has been wide open for innovation.  And with the debut of the Donkey, it still is…?

NEW PHOTO 3/8: Bugaboo Donkey, showing two bassinets installed rear-facing…

Bugaboo Donkey all configurations

Bugaboo Donkey | Photo Credit: bugaboo.com

Photo Credit: philandteds.com

Good news for double-strolling families: Phil&Teds has added to their celebrated inline™ stroller collection with the Explorer.

Explorer has all of the same great features of the Classic, Sport, and Vibe, PLUS: one hand fast fold, new car seat + second seat mode, a large follow-the sun sunhood, a double kit (2nd seat) sunhood, new Seat Performance System™, interchangeable colors, and an easy-to-use pedal brake.  (Phew!)

It’s worth checking this stroller out with your kids in tow.  While the second seat can come across as low or awkwardly placed in photos, the system is roomy enough in real life to be convincing.  The drawback to an inline orientation remains the sacrifice of cargo room.  Phil&Teds does offer paniers, but they hang off the side, which does add bulk to the otherwise streamlined profile.

Photo Credit: philandteds.com

Photo Credit: philandteds.com

The innovative Taga convertible bicycle/stroller just got even more exciting – they’ve added a new second seat/cargo option, covered wagon-style.

Children sit facing each other, as in the fantastic wood-paneled station wagons of yesteryear.  This seems to be Taga’s further answer to the popular Bakfiet, which carries multiple children (and other cargo) in a deep wooden bucket at the front wheel (but does not convert to a stroller).  The double wooden seat carries up to 82 combined pounds in bike mode – 52 in the “rear” seat and 30 up front facing the parent.  Also comes with a convertible sun & rain canopy with integrated pocket for personal items.

For those catching up, Taga is a lightweight vehicle that combines a stroller and a carrier bike and can easily be converted between the modes.  See our original Taga post here, and visit the web site or Taga Facebook page for more details.

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Update 8/8/2011:  Rumor has it, Taga has suspended operations and is awaiting new investment/buyout…read more here.

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Photo Credit: Taga Facebook Fan Page

For your pee wee’s big adventures: It’s a bike!  It’s a stroller!  It’s a bike!  (Okay, technically a trike…)

Taga Homepage Pic

Photo Credit:www.taga.nl

The Dutch have a way with unlikely combinations.  Pancakes made out of babies…  Paint made out of boys…  And now, Taga: the world’s first safety-standard-approved bicycle that converts to a stroller – in just 20 seconds!

Taga isn’t just another take on the baby bike carrier – – it’s “a new transportation modality.”  It’s “emotion in motion” – – “transforming a typical daily journey into an exciting adventure.”  Taga’s award-winning design (by a Dutch/Israeli team) successfully avoids the robotic look of most Transformers – it’s kind of a plush modern rickshaw that actually looks fun to ride, with stroller lines to rival Bugaboo.

Photo Credit: gadgetreview.com

Just take a look at these picturesI want to be her.

Still skeptical?  Here’s some purely functional rationale in Taga’s favor.

With a traditional back- or side-mounted bike carrier, the transportation experience is perhaps on par – maybe even safer with a top producer like Chariot or Burley.  But consider what happens next.  If you live in a bike town, locking up close to your destination may not be an issue.  Once off the bike, however, you’re stuck with transport mode #2 – perhaps an Ergo-like carrier, baby backpack, or *gasp* toddler on the loose.  20 seconds later, Taga keeps you rolling (see movie here).  Yes, you can convert your Chariot or Burley with the right add-ons, but you’ll have to leave your bike behind.

With a base price around $1,500 and only coming soon (April 2010) in the U.S., Taga could qualify as a splurge, although it does pencil out as a one-fits-all vs. a single high end stroller and bike carrier.  For serious bicycling families considering Bakefiets or similar kid cargo contraptions in the same price range, it’s certainly worth a test ride.

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Update 8/6/2010:  Giggle.com is now carrying Taga!  It’s a little odd that you have to first buy the chassis, and then add the seat material, but we’ll forgive them.  Basic package retails for $1495.00 + $99 shipping (to Oregon, anyway).

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Update 8/8/2011:  Rumor has it, Taga has suspended operations and is awaiting new investment/buyout…read more here.

Baby Jogger City Select Single Stroller

Photo Credit: joggingstroller.com

Around this time last year, I was entering my third trimester with our second child.  Anticipating the logistical juggling act of 2 under 2 with great trepidation, I was in the market for a double stroller roomy enough to accommodate our tall toddler and the new babe, yet small and flexible enough to service our highly mobile urban lifestyle.

After much research, I narrowed the field to a BOB Revolution Duallie, the Bumbleride Indie Twin, and the Maclaren Twin Techno.  I had considered Phil N’Ted’s various in-line buggies with double kits, but didn’t like the low second seat – seemed like one kid got to ride first class and the other got stuck in coach.  I ended up with the Maclaren mostly due to size and portability.  (In retrospect I would have preferred the smooth handling of the BOB or Bumbleride, but that ship has sailed…)  Maclaren actually recalled the Twin Techno strollers this year due to people getting fingers pinched (or clipped off!!!) in the folding hinges, but we seem to have bought ours after they realized what was happening since it came with the hinge guards Maclaren is issuing via the web site to anyone who needs them.

Long story short, Baby Jogger stepped up to the plate this year, bringing modern moms a single/double convertible stroller that promises a premium ride along with ultimate flexibility.  The City Select is a single stroller with a patented second seat attachment method.  Patented, you say?  Method? Yes, friends – rather than a one-way add-on, Baby Jogger opted for a high degree of customization, allowing *at least* 16 different combinations of toddler seat, infant car seat, and bassinet on a compact four-wheeled chassis.

Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller Options

Photo Credit: joggingstroller.com

This stroller will be a smart buy for people just starting out on a multi-child family, but it rates expensive if you’ve already invested in a single stroller of comparable quality.  To use the City Select for double-strolling, you’ll need the base stroller + second seat kit, and probably would want the car seat kit as well – so your inital cost is around $600 ($499 for the single).

Check out the Baby Jogger City Select at www.joggingstroller.com.

**FEB 2011 UPDATE: Baby Jogger has the City Select on sale for 30% off – so $349 for the single and $129.99 for the second seat attachment (car seat attachment kit still $59.99) bringing the doubles “kit” down to $540…



    • 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

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