DT reader and family bikespotter Simon reports from Irvine:
I live in family housing on a university campus, and I had seen this thing [like the white one up top] around the corner from my place for a while. I finally met the dad who owns it at the playground, and he said his father-in-law brought it back from Taiwan.Holy smokes, people, look at this thing:
Oh, I forgot Simon's last sentence: "It folds up and everything!"
Here's a picture from a Yahoo.com.tw auction of a similar bike, folded to the size of a water bottle:
Or maybe I'm not translating it right. After a month of intermittent surfing through the Taiwanese web, I can't figure out much of anything beyond the jumbled Google Translation:
親子單車, qīnzǐ dānchē, is family bicycle [literally parent-child bike], but so is 子母單車, zǐ mǔ dānchē [child-mother bike, which Google hilariously translates as Dutch Lady, because it's also a brand of milk.] If you search just for 親子車, you see that though most don't fold, this style of family bike, with a kid seat low and in between you and the handlebars. And flickr shows that dads are just as likely as moms to ride them.
Ozo.com.tw is a bike sales platform, not a store. The seller of these bikes is in Kaohsiung.
I thought it would have been simply a matter of looking up the manufacturer, assuming that's what's painted half a dozen times on the bike frame itself. And sure enough, the same Kaohsiung seller is also operating a baby gear store on Pchome.com, a merchant site like Yahoo Stores or Rakuten, with Cheuan Yuh on their banner [google translate]. But it's called 淘氣寶貝, Táoqì Bǎobèi, Naughty Baby. OK.
If Ozo's $3200-4000 TWD, which is like $100-125 somehow, is too much for you, I guess you can get some friends together and order a 6-pack from Pchome for $2700 each. So not only are these bikes awesome and fit in your pocket--or at least your trunk--they are also practically free. What am I missing here?
1253-全新20吋親子單車~子母單車~2009新款示~單車可折疊~SHIMANO 7段變速~超亮麗款示~多種選擇, $3200 TWD [ozo.com.tw]
1253 - New 20-inch bicycle child bicycle ~ LASH new show ~ ~ 2009 ~ SHIMANO 7 folding bicycle variable transmission [google translate]
1222 全新20吋親子車~子母車~2009新款示~可折疊~變速~現貨熱賣 [pchome.com.tw/cheuanyuh, google translate]