Taga or not To Go

Me and Vipul used to love going cycling wherever we traveled. We cycled all of Naples,FL, we did a cycling tour of Whistler, CA and were hoping that we could go on a BackRoads trip of Europe someday. Ofcourse this was all before Devam came into our lives. Can we still do all this? Ofcourse, many companies make child seats/carriers that can be mounted on a bike.

I have always thought that having a child on a bike could make the ride most unstable. But as per physics when a child seat is mounted on a bike, while it raises the center of gravity of the bike it does not make it significantly unstable. The issue is with mounting and dismounting the child from the child seat. When the rider gets off the saddle, or dismounts, it takes more effort to maintain a bike’s balance and keep it upright.

There are lots of options in child seats for bikes, front mounted, rear mounted which come with lots of safety hazards – higher chances of accidents. The next option is of course the child bike trailers that increase the footprint of your bike.

Look for more information on this subject on iBike.org

In comes TAGA
A bike that converts to a stroller in 20 seconds & viceversa – just watch

It can accomodate upto 2 kids – so a perfect solution for a family (of course one of the parent should be riding a normal bike). Taga converts from a bike to stroller in less than 20 seconds. It’s a somewhat manual process, but looks doable without having to take your child off the seat. It’s a pretty well thought out machine.

I was quiet curious, I checked out the website and it looks very appealing, especially if you are an urban mom and could run your errands on a bike.

I have some questions for Taga:
1) How do I take my child grocery shopping? If I have my child with me, I have very little room below the child seat to put my grocery bags.
2) Not sure how comfortable is it to stroll once the bike is converted into a stroller. I am not sure if I can take it into small kids stores where the space is very narrow.
3) What is the footprint of this bike and how smooth is the ride? Can I keep it to the streets or can I take it on rugged terrain?
4) No where on the site do you tell us about how we fold this massive bike to take overseas on flights? I would love to take this on a BackRoads trip but would I check in the Taga or will I be allowed to take it with me as a carry on?
5) Last but not the least, what about security, how is one suppose to let a $1500 bike / stroller out of their sight? Would it not be a magnet for bike thieves which I hear have become extremely sophisticated, especially in New York? Can you install a hidden GPS device or a do you sell insurance? I know this might sound funny, but it’s a true concern.

Besides these concerns, I think it’s a fabulous design and comes with exciting accessories. I can’t wait to go to a store to try it out. Can I take it for a test ride???