Indie spotted on the MINI USA website, http://www.miniusa.com .
Indie spotted on the MINI USA website, http://www.miniusa.com .
Join us at the Birth & Baby Fair San Mateo on June 22nd at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA!
The Birth & Baby Fair is the PREMIER event for new and expecting parents in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. The Birth and Baby Fair showcases local businesses and resources as well as independent designers with the aim to educate and expose new & expecting parents and young families to unique & beneficial products & services. Highlights include:
**GIVEAWAY OVER** We are giving away 10 pairs of free tickets for the first 10 commenters that can succesfully answer this two-part question (check our website for answers) : What year was Bumbleride founded and what is special about our fabrics? (Comments are moderated and will be posted in the order they are received. Winners must live in CA or be visiting the San Mateo area to be eligible for the ticket. Tickets will be emailed to winners so make sure to comment with a valid email address.)
For directions click here, http://www.birthandbabyfair.com/directions/.
For more info visit, http://www.birthandbabyfair.com/.
The inspiration for our new Indie, Indie Twin and Flite videos came from the lifestyle and personality of our customers, our company and our products.
Behind the video direction was our friend Phil Hamer, http://philhamer.com/ who has done some amazing work with DC, Quiksilver and other product brands. He also spends much of his time in Africa with non-profits doing documentaries to help children in need.
We also would like to highlight the great musicians that helped define some of the music diversity that we were aiming for and a special thanks to Steve Salett from The Poison Tree who asked for us to donate a stroller on his behalf.
We are excited and looking forward to launching three new Bumbleride videos this week. They have been a fun project and creative expression for us here at Bumbleride. Each video has a different personality and style just like you.
Bumbleride, Uniquely You!
My fourth and final baby is currently on the eve of taking his very first steps. My guess is that sometime this week it will happen, and hopefully I’ll be present to see him hit this milestone.
And wouldn’t you know it, as my youngest grows increasingly older, our one and only (10 year old) stroller recently died on us. She was a hard workin’ lady, but after four children and hundreds of miles under her wheels, she was tired. Her wheels literally started to fall off her crumb covered body.
Clearly, a mom to four young kids cannot be without a stroller! So I naturally started shopping and doing my research. And to nobody’s surprise at all, my heart landed directly on Bumbleride. Specifically, the Flyer.
When the stroller arrived, I waited for my husband to get home so we could put it together as a team. I do a lot of things well, but baby gear assembly is typically not one of those things. But from start to finish, the stroller only took around 10 minutes to assemble. Super easy, and without an ounce of frustration from either of us, which is always a nice bonus.
Once put together, we took her outside (strollers are female, right?), for her maiden voyage. And then I heard it, the compliment of all compliments:
“Wow, this thing is actually really nice.” – said my husband.
You guys, he never EVER says nice things about baby gear. My husband complains about ALL baby gear. The way it’s constructed, the lack of functions, everything is always flawed in some way, shape, or form. But in one short walk around the neighborhood (where he stopped every few minutes to test out a feature or make an adjustment), our lady Bumbleride had won him over.
So yeah, it’s a slick ride. But what else makes the Bumbleride Flyer THE stroller to rule above all strollers?
Let’s take a minute to “talk stroller”:
You can can catch up on the details and tech specs here, but I would love just for a few minutes to touch on a few specifics that personally sold me on the Flyer:
1. The handlebar is reversible. Basically, by switching the way the handlebar is orientated (which is so easy to do), baby can either be facing you (oh hello mommy) or facing the world. Additionally, the height of the handle bar is adjustable, making it super nice for anyone of any height to use the stroller (I’m 5’3″ and my husband is 6’3″, so this feature is key).
2. The ride is exceptionally smooth, and it turns on a dime. Because both the front and rear wheels swivel independently, maneuvering the stroller is a cake walk. And on that same note, both front and back wheels can effortlessly be locked and unlocked with the quick release wheel locking system. Making whatever terrain you’re covering a smooth ride and handle.
3. The canopy is generously sized. We took the Flyer with us on vacation to the beach, and because of the large adjustable sun canopy, I was able to keep baby Paul out of the sun at all times.
4. The back seat reclines all the way back, to a flat position. Translated: impromptu naps on the go are not problem at all. And reclining from sitting to laying flat is a very smooth and quite transition if you have a baby that falls asleep in the upright position.
5. It’s compact. While there are smaller/lighter/tighter strollers on the market, in my opinion the Flyer is still very compact, without sacrificing any of the truly wonderful bells and whistles (like my favorite feature, the adjustable footrest). The stroller fits really well in the back of my minivan, with plenty of cargo room to spare. Also worth noting, it only weighs 19 pounds!
Basically, we are in huge love.
Good design + amazing function = one happy set of parents.
So what do you think? Have I convinced you that you need a Flyer, regardless of if you’re adding it to your first child’s baby registry or swapping it out for a decade old ride like me?
Bumbleride Flyer stroller :: $420 (although right now it’s listed at $299 on the company’s website!)
Enter to win your own Flyer here, http://www.thesimplemoms.com/2013/04/bumbleride-flyer-stroller-for-the-ride-of-your-life-review-and-giveaway.html!
|Robust, big pneumatic wheels, great suspension, lightweight design, carry cot doubles up as bassinet|
|Wide wheels take a little to to adjust too, opaque rain cover, no padded lining in carry cot|
New to the UK from the US, the BumbleRide is the perfect town-to-country buggy – truly all-terrain. It’s robust enough, with its big pneumatic wheels and great suspension, to handle woods and parkland in even the wettest and muddiest of conditions. It’s still light enough to use on public transport, though – even negotiating the London Tube, escalators and all, can be done!
It’s not the smallest buggy (it looks and feels rather long when in carry cot mode – when front-facing, it’s much neater), but it’s just as nippy and brilliantly manoeuvrable as smaller models thanks to the swivel function of the front wheel. It’s also really easy to steer one-handed – useful, if, like me, you have a dog on a lead in the other hand, or just like to sip a cup of coffee while you stroll. The sturdy suspension means the baby stays asleep even when I run with the buggy, and a really roomy basket underneath makes supermarket trips a cinch. A comfy handle and easy fold-down mechanism make this really practical, and the carry cot clicks on and off easily in one simple move. I don’t use this in front-facing mode yet, as my baby is only 12 weeks, but sturdy straps will make this a secure ride when the time comes, and there are various recline options for optimum comfort. A big hood protects from the elements. Folds down neatly to store in the hallway – I have a small flat and it works perfectly.
What we love
The carry cot doubles up as a bassinet that the baby sleeps in when we’re at the grandparents.
What to watch out for
It’s easy to misjudge the width of the back wheels – it takes a while to get used to how wide they are. Rain cover is opaque rather than clear, which makes it hard to see the baby when in carry cot function – also not a very secure fit when it’s very windy. No padded lining in the carry cot – I put a sheepskin in and it’s really snug that way, but a bit barren without…
The chassis and carry cot mean this is a bit of a beast to get in the car – I have a WV Polo and the chassis just about fits in the back, but the carry cot has to go on the back seat. Bear in mind if you have a big family / dog etc – you can’t squeeze too much else in there!
Perfect for what I need – I tend to walk more than drive, so space in the car not too much of an issue, and I love how robust this model is. It’s great to feel that my baby is so safe. Really like the easy collapse function and the one-handed ‘pop up’. Looks sleek and elegant. Love how zippy and manoeuvrable this is – and everyone who’s used it (husband, mum, mum-in-law) has said the same.
Available from Little Saints.
Ease of folding/unfolding: 4.5
Ease of pushing and steering: 4.5
Comfort for baby: 4.5
Value for money: 4.5
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Nothing raises our awareness of our environment, the food we eat and the products we use than when we bring a child into the world. This Earth Day we want to point you to a great resource that we think you will find invaluable. Healthy Child Healthy World, http://healthychild.org/healthy-living/resources/books/. Written by Christopher Gavigan, co-founder of The Honest Co. along with Jessica Alba, https://www.honest.com/. This book gives you clear advice for setting up a non-toxic nursery to reducing allergens and lead in your home and garden, how to shop for organic produce and eliminate harmful plastics. The list goes on but you will definitely benefit from all that you will learn and better your environment for your whole family. The more that do this on an individual level the healthier our families will be and the cleaner our beautiful Earth will stay!
They say that it’s hard to improve upon perfection, but the newest Bumbleride Indie stroller has found a way to buck that concept. We have always loved this line of super sturdy and stylish wheels, and with the newest features, there’s even more to get excited about.
The Indie actually shouldn’t just be called a stroller. It’s more like a stroller system that lets you stroll, jog, run, and most importantly, keep your precious cargo in the comfiest of settings.
I was immediately attracted to its overall look. Sporty and sleek at the same time, especially this new aquamarine shade. But there are so many features that you’ll come to expect as standards for any other stroller to follow because they just make sense and make you (aka, head pusher) the most comfortable.
Let’s start with the set-up. Right out of the box, it’s nice to know that there aren’t too many parts. Just the main body, the wheels and a couple of add-ons like an infant carrier accessory. The visual instructions (admittedly they initially scared me due to its lack of written words) are actually quite clear and will get you putting the stroller together with a few clicks, a turns and forceful pushes.
The ride is incredibly smooth, turning corners easily with its front swivel wheel (that also locks for when you’re jogging) and the cushy adjustable handlebars will suit pushers of any height (my daughter really enjoyed giving her doll a spin around the house).
The level of stroller sophistication you have come to expect from Bumbleride is evident throughout, with a few great updates. It’s still easy to fold down and is lightweight (around 20 lbs), but the entire frame has been redesigned for improved stability, which is always important, especially when you are pushing around littler babies. Plus I like the new footrest for kids which is one of those details you don’t care about until you have one. Plus? Good way to catch all those goldfish they’ll be dropping.
I also love that the stroller has become a little more eco-friendly, with all fabric being comprised of 50% recycled polyester and 50% bamboo charcoal.
The stroller’s canopy has an SPF of 45, which doesn’t get you out of putting on sunscreen, but it does add extra protection on those super sunny days. Now I did find the huge canopy a little tough to pull down; it felt at times to me like something was stuck. But I think it’s just designed to withstand the 8,405 times your kid grabs it and pulls it up and down herself.
The 5-point harness has also been redesigned to offer various points of buckling and unbuckling to make it easier to get your baby out with one hand– a feature that’s tormented so many of us in other strollers so I’m glad this one works easily.
While all these updates are grand, the new colors like Aquamarine, Green Papyrus and Cayenne Red will make you want to get one in every color. Well, not really, but it’ll be fun to choose from all the options.
Is the stroller pricey? Well, it’s not in Bugaboo territory, but the $500+ price tag certainly makes it an investment beyond the mass market brands. That being said, you definitely get what you pay for. While this probably isn’t the stroller that you’ll keep in the back of your car for grocery shopping and general errands, it’s the one that could certainly be the most reliable and robust of your stroller inventory, and will log hundreds of miles of good use over the years it will last (up to 45 lbs).
Just watch out: introducing this awesome Bumbleride Indie to your baby from the beginning will set them up to expect any and all future rides to be in the lap of luxury. -Jeana
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The Bumbleride Indie is available at a variety of stores and online retailers including Babies ‘R Us, Stroller Depot, Magic Beans, Amazon and much more. Check out thewebsite for more information on where to purchase near you. The model shown above in Aquamarine is available from our affiliate Amazon for $529.99.