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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.

If you like eBay or Craigslist for baby gear, add Returns For Sale (www.returnsforsale.com) to your bookmarks.  As the name implies, the site sells discount open- and closed-box merchandise returned by buyers, or discontinued by the manufacturer.  It looks like a great resource for budget shopping, especially for grandparents, or for extra items you might need for a brief time with a second child.

As always, smart shopping requires due diligence.  Before completing a gear purchase, however attractive the price, you should:

  • Double check the advertised retail price on Amazon.com – – occasionally, you will be able to find a new item at a similar price to that of a discount site, especially in the case of discontinued or deprecated models
  • Visit the home web site for the product’s manufacturer (or your favorite baby gear site), to learn what upgrades have been made for a next-generation model, in case you’d be willing to pay full price for these features
  • Ensure the product was not part of a safety recall.  About.com has a good article on how to find baby product recall information, or you can go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site directly.
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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