Stroller Maintenance 101

June 14th, 2012



Stroller Maintenance 101

Stroller Maintenance 101

We often find that our customers are surprised when we talk about stroller maintenance. For busy parents it can be tough remembering to take care of their stroller, however it’s good to remember that a stroller is not much different than the bicycle in your garage. The tire pressure needs to be checked regularly, the chain and the wheel axles may need some lubrication from time to time. So we wanted to point out a few things that Bumbleride owners should be aware of.

General Maintenance

Planning for your stroller’s long haul.

We recommend doing a quick inspection of your Bumbleride stroller before each use. Checking the tire pressure (Indie strollers), attachment points, ensuring that the front wheel quick release is tightened and clamped and that there isn’t anything the way of the brake lever. Remember  that the front wheel(s) should be locked if you are traveling faster than a walking pace or tackling very rough terrain. If your front wheel is having any trouble make sure to contact our Customer Care at 1 800 530 3930 or info@bumbleride.com.

Fabric Maintenance

Keeping the cushion clean and soft.

All Bumbleride fabrics have a water & stain protective treatment that makes clean up easy. We recommend spot cleaning any dirty areas using either a basic detergent and water solution or organic stroller & car seat cleaner like the one from BuggyLOVE, www.buggylove.com .  Try out BuggyLOVE with promo code “bumbleride” for a 25%+ discount!!  All Bumbleride strollers have removable seat fabric that can be machine-washed in cold water with a mild detergent. Make sure to always air-dry the fabric components. Please note that repeated washings will eventually remove the water/stain protective treatment on the fabrics. Here is a helpful PDF for reattaching fabric, http://www.bumbleride.com/blog/images//INNER%20TUBE.pdf .

Wheel Maintenance

Smooth rolling for years to come.

The most frequent questions related to the Indie or Indie Twin maintenance have to do with the 12” air filled tires. These wheels are essentially small bicycle tires, much like what you would find on a kid’s bike. However each tire needs to be properly inflated to 30 PSI before use. If the tires are not inflated properly there is a greater likelihood that an inner tube could puncture or become misaligned. We recommend checking and inflating your tires every 1-2 weeks, if not more frequently. If your inner tube does become flat, most bike shops stock 12” inner tubes or will be able to fix your existing tube. You can also find replacement inner tubes on our website (www.bumbleride.com).

Lubrication

Greasing the wheels properly

The wheels, axles and suspension all need periodic cleaning and lubrication. We recommend a bicycle chain lubricant such as CleanRide or BuggyLOVE’s 100% natural wheel lube. Try out BuggyLOVE with promo code “bumbleride” for a 25%+ discount!! We recommend adding drops near the hub and bearings of each wheel. You can also turn the stroller over and drop the lubricant into the back wheel axle where the suspension spring is housed. Doing this on a regular basis should prevent any squeaks around the wheels or suspension. Remember that regular maintenance will keep your Indie or Indie Twin riding smoothly for years to come!

Young Designers

May 24th, 2012



Kid Designers
Kid Designers
Kid Designers

Last week was career week at our local elementary school and we were invited to talk about designing and manufacturing strollers. We had the kids design their own strollers and got a kick out of seeing their imaginative engineering and creativity. Nothing like starting them young for a fresh perspective :)

Here are a few drawings from a first grade classroom.

Giving back to San Diego – San Diego Food Bank – Project Bumbleride

May 15th, 2012


San Diego Food Bank Bumbleride Volunteer Project bumbleride

We recently spent half a work day volunteering at the San Diego Food Bank preparing produce for the hungry in San Diego. We had a blast and it felt great to give back to hungry parents and children in our hometown!

The San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. Funded by foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors and individual donors, the Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Learn more and see how you can help at, http://sandiegofoodbank.org/ .

San Diego Food Bank Bumbleride Project Bumbleride

Using the Multi-use Bars Correctly

February 1st, 2012

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Multi-use Bars

It has come to our attention that there is a possibility for multi-use bars included with Indie & Indie Twin models (I-110, I-205, IT-111 and IT-305) to be used incorrectly, resulting in a potential strangulation hazard. The multi-use bar has three positions: 1. Upright (to be used with a toddler), 2. Mid (to only be used when installing an infant car seat) and 3. Folded.

Even though Bumbleride’s packaging instructions, as well as labeling on the multi-use bar, clearly explain correct and incorrect use, we are finding that some consumers are still using these multi-use bars inappropriately.

Because safety is of the utmost concern to Bumbleride, we are releasing this clear warning in conjunction with the CPSC on how the multi-use bars are to be correctly used.

The multi-use bars were included as accessories on these models and are not needed for the safety of your child. They can also be removed if desired. Please always ensure that your child is secure using the 5-point harness in the seat.




Fabric with a purpose

November 4th, 2011


Earthkeepers

Since launching our ‘Natural Edition’ strollers featuring a recycled polyester outer shell and bamboo blended interior, we have been interested in other companies that take advantage of such innovative materials.

Timberland is one of them, using recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate in their ‘Earthkeepers’ clothing line. Learn more about it here.

Recycled PET is consisted of plastic bottles, creating stronger tensile strength than normal fabrics. It can also be made to be soft to the touch and very durable.

It’s cool to think that each Bumbleride ‘Natural Edition’ stroller uses about 13.5 recycled plastic bottles for it’s outer shell fabric! We’re excited to be using this material and hope to be able to take advantage of it more in the future.

Aqua

October 25th, 2011



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Kind & Jugend

September 19th, 2011


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We just finished day two of the Kind + Jugend trade show in Cologne, Germany. The European market is responding very well to some of the exciting additions we’ve made this year. The Maxi Cosi Adapters and latching Carrycots are a must-have for Europe and we’re getting great reactions to our new adapters for Indie and Indie Twin. The new Movement and Natural Editions have been getting a lot of buzz as well as our new turquoise color launching later this year. We are looking forward to launching Bumbleride in Europe in 2012.

Hi from team Bumbleride!

September 16th, 2011


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Fall is upon us

September 12th, 2011


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All of us here at Bumbleride had a busy and beautiful summer. We hope your summer days were filled with memorable times with your children. We can’t believe Fall is sneaking up and kids are back in school.

Now we are packing up to attend this months Kind+Jugend trade show in Cologne, Germany followed by the ABC Kids Expo in Kentucky. It is always a great time to reconnect with retailers and friends and see all the exciting things happening in our industry.

Flite Launch

August 24th, 2011


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We’ve been anticipating the arrival of our new Flite. It’s now shipping with a few new features including exclusive Bumbleride wheels. It’s also now available in our Movement and Natural Editions.