Would you pay $2,600 for a bike/stroller?
But approximately $2,600, (or £1,600) for a Taga baby stroller that converts to a bicycle seems like an expense that will make most parents want to spit up.
The three-wheeled bike reminds me of a combination stroller/car seat we got when our daughter was born five years ago, allowing us to keep her strapped in it as a baby and then easily moved and latched into an accompanying stroller.
And while the Taga can carry children from birth up to age 6 as mom or dad pedal around town, then easily convert it to a stroller, the price tag seems too steep to justify, or at least for my childcare budget.
Still, it's an interesting product, and it's only available so far in 11 countries, all in Europe, so we Americans can't even throw our money away on it yet. But since its unavailability only makes it more appealing, it's really only a matter of time before the more-money-than-sense crowd of parents take up this buggy/bike and make it the newest parenting must-have. Could a Cookie Magazine article be far away?
Here's a short video from the London Telegraph of the buggy that turns into a bike:
A company video shows a mom riding around with her child inside, and neither is wearing a helmet, and a Times of London reporter takes one for a spin with his daughter in another video, again without either wearing a helmet.
Instead of seeing a parent's sweaty back, children riding in the Taga get a much better view of the world. The Times reporter found his initial ride to be a little trying on his balance when taking corners, although it did feel safe with the small three wheels not picking up much speed downhill.
The high-end Peppermint kids' store in Kingston upon Thames in southwest London is one of the United Kingdom outlets selling the Taga, which in itself may be an economics lesson to teach the children. If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it.
Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reach him at www.AaronCrowe.net