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The (very) Nordic Cab

Nordic Cab

Bike trailer, ski sled, push stroller, dog sled. Is there anything the Nordic Cab can’t transform into? This Norwegian design is among the most versatile we’ve seen so far. For starters, it is a spacious traditional two-child bicycle trailer with ample back, head and neck support for growing children. From trailer, Nordic Cab converts easily into a push stroller with adjustable handlebar. On the down side, the tiny front stroller wheels placed squarely in the middle of the front end make the carriage seem difficult to maneuver and potentially off-balance. Nordic Cab also sells a jogger attachment which would actually appear to be a more secure alternative to the flimsy front stroller wheels.

Dog Kit for Nordic Cab

In addition to the modes previously mentioned, the Nordic Cab also meets the needs of parents in Northern, snowy climates. The Ski kit accessory may be advantageous for the uber-athletic parents who enjoy trekking long distances through blustery winds with their children in tow… (to each his own). Even more unusual is Nordic Cab’s Dog kit adapter, which allows the Nordic Cab and Nordic Cab sled to be pulled by none other than man’s best friend. Perhaps we can chalk it up to mere cultural differences, but we find it hard to believe that many North Americans would trust their excitable canines with dragging their infants behind them in the local park, let alone in a blizzard.

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

In summary, while the Nordic Cab is truly innovative, with a lot of imagination and creativity, we find it to be somewhat lacking when it comes to practicality. With so many traditional bike trailers available, we do not feel the Nordic Cab, with all its accessories, will resonate with most average families. There are plenty of other bicycle trailer brands which will offer a similar design and value without all the bells and whistles.

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott on a Taga Stroller Bike

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott with children

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott with children

Apparently Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott were spotted riding the Taga Bike-Stroller around town.  OK…it was back in April, but we’ve just seen it.  Is this the start of a trend in the United States for Carrier Bikes, such as Taga and Zigo?  We just need a few more celebrities to adopt them and it could herald a sea-change in attitude.  Will cities across the US soon look like cycling cities such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen?  Recently observed Zigo group rides in New York City give us hope.  Perhaps a celebrity endowment for complete streets and bike paths?  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would look good on one of these…or on a Dutch style Bakfiets or Danish Nihola etc…

Zigo in NYC

Zigo in NYC

 

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

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Taga Stroller and Bike Hybrid Now In The United States

Taga Stroller

Taga Bike and Stroller

The Taga Bike and Stroller, which we previously wrote about [See: http://carrierbike.com/2009/10/18/taga-bike-and-stroller/], is now being offered in the United States by SJS Cycles, joining market leader Zigo in the U.S. carrier bicycle market. The Taga stroller is being offered for $$1,414 on-line, as compared with $1,399 to $1,550 for the multifunctional Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle. The Taga Bike and Stroller can only be ordered on-line at this time, but it seems likely that Taga will be in stores in the future.  As noted previously, the Taga is a slick design, converting from a 3-wheeled carrier tricycle to a stroller.  Unlike the Zigo Leader, the Taga doe not uncouple from the stroller but rather the rear wheel flips over to become the front wheel.  That is why the Taga stroller has the unusual split handlebars–to make room to pivot the beam over the top.  This also means you need to move the baby seat out of the way to do the conversion.  Taga is a fun ride, but with 16 inch wheels and 3 gears, it is not suited for longer outings.  The split handlebar takes some getting used to.  The Taga handlebar does not feel quite like a regular bicycle handlebar, nor a regular stroller pushbar.  In stroller mode, the lack of a central pushbar makes one hand pushing difficult.  Taga is a welcome addition to the U.S. market and will hopefully expand the cycling culture here in the United States.

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

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Win a Free Zigo Leader X2 Carrier Bicycle

Win a Free Zigo Leader X2 Carrier Bicycle System.  Follow the instruction on the Zigo website at http://www.myzigo.com/zigofan.php

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Taga Bike and Stroller

Taga Bike and Stroller
Taga Bike and Stroller

Taga is a product of a Dutch/Israeli company.  It can operate as either a 3-wheeled bike, with a front-positioned child carrier, or it can convert to a stroller.  It converts by lifting off the front child seat and flipping the rear wheel of the bike over the front to become the front wheel of the stroller.  It is a slick design, but appears somewhat cumbersome, as the seat must be removed, which can be a problem when you are carrying a child. It comes with a Shimano nexus internal 3-gear hub, has front disc brakes, and a rear Shimano nexus roller brake.  The wheels, however, are only 16 inches, detracting from its appeal for longer rides. It’s handlebars are also unfamiliar as compared with a typical bicycle, requiring some getting used to.

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Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

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Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Carrier Bicycle System

Zigo Carrier Bicycle System

The Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System  operates as a three-wheeled carrier bicycle optimized for transporting children.  It is uniquely designed with a forward-located ChildPod that allows parents to keep their children in site.  The Zigo Leader, using LeaderLink technology, converts into a stroller with caster wheels for walking, a jogging stroller, an ordinary bicycle with 20 inch wheels, or a conventional bicycle trailer for carrying children.  No tools are required for these conversions and they can be accomplished in under 30 seconds. The Zigo ChildPod weighs approximately 19 Kg (42 lbs) while the bicycle weighs 14 Kg (31 lbs).  It folds into a compact package that can fit in a car or closet.  It is also designed to fit through standard ADA doorways in the United States.  It comes in 3-gear and 7-gear versions.  At only $1399 in the U.S. it is very affordable compared to other carrier bicycle products.  Visit www.myzigo.com for more information.

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Zigo Bakfiets Carrier Bike - Converts to Bike and Stroller