September 29th, 2015

Lets Not Reinvent This Wheel Bumbleride Strollers Why Air Filled Tires


Call me old fashioned, but I’m pretty into air. And so is every single car manufacturer in the world. Not to mention, the most technologically-advanced car racing series in the world, Formula-1. So if all these guys are filling their tires with old-fashioned air, why do some strollers opt to fill their tires with foam?

But before I get into this earth-shattering air vs. foam debate, let me tell you where I’m coming from.

My first stroller was not a Bumbleride. It was a City Mini GT (foam-filled tires). I put a lot of thought into this purchase and admittedly, it has some legitimate strengths. In particular, it’s really easy to fold. I consider it the Honda Accord of strollers. It looks pretty good (although the styling is conservative), does everything pretty well and drives just as you would expect, nicely.

After getting a little tired of “nice,” however, I opted for a stroller that I could actually connect with on a deeper level. Like, say, a fine automobile. You see, the difference between a Honda and BMW, for example, has to do with the intangibles. Like how you feel when you’re behind the wheel, how it takes the corners as if it is simply interpreting and responding to your innermost desires and how it looks. Yes, looks are so very important.

To me, my Bumbleride feels like my car. I drive a BMW X5 diesel. Like my car, the stroller responds to me and to the road with confidence. The handling is spot on. The fabrics look and feel durable, yet luxurious and are equally good for the environment. It feels tight. And like a diesel BMW, it’s unique. If you’re a car lover, uniqueness is everything.

Most importantly, the tires on my Bumbleride are filled to the brim with good old-fashioned air.

Air is better. Air is nature’s shock absorber. Air is proven to deliver the most comfortable ride, while maintaining a high-level of performance. Air-filled tires can handle road elements far better than their foamy counterparts. Road elements that can jerk your precious baby awake from a happy slumber.

Air is not about off-roading or all-terrain. Air is about the terrain we experience on a daily basis. Air is about handling all the terrains with ease and comfort as well as cornering like a Formula-1 car when road is smooth.

This is why I’m sticking to air. Something that’s been pretty much the norm since a man named Dunlop decided to patent the idea in 1888. He’s long gone but his wheel remains the same. So let’s not reinvent it. – Graham Simon, Bumbleride Adventurer, Creative director. Daddy. Lover of anything with wheels. Learn more about Graham on his Adventurer profile, https://www.bumbleride.com/graham and follow him on Instagram at https://instagram.com/grahamsimon/ .

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Blocks

May 28th, 2015


Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Blocks – Park City, UT

Lucy and Ken can most often be found behind the wheel of a rally car or with leashes in hand adventuring outdoors with their pups and little ones in tow. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

How do you and Ken like to balance family life while having a busy work and travel schedule?

It’s not an easy balance with our busy schedule but it helps that we travel as a family 90% of the time.  That’s a lot of kid travel but we feel it is important to be together as a family as much as possible.

What are your families’ favorite outdoor activities? 

Well, obviously there is rally.  Ken’s racing schedule occupies most of our time.  We love cars.  We also hike, snowboard and enjoy the lake together as a family.

What was it like to drive your first stage rally and when can we expect to see you behind the wheel again?

I was a bit nervous when I drove my 1st stage rally.  I’m nervous every time.  I do love it and thank goodness I’m not as competitive as Ken.  I’m just out there trying to better myself and become a better driver each time I’m in the car.  I hope to be behind the wheel again this year.

Follow Ken on his website, Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.

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Lucy with her rally car.

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Ken shredding with his son

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Conde Nast Traveler – Moms Who Travel With Style – Emily Harteau – Bumbleride Adventurer

May 19th, 2015


Moms Who Travel with Style

In honor of Mother’s Day, CNT chatted with bloggers, photographers, and moms Mimi Thorisson of Manger, Emily Harteau of Our Open Road, and Elise Hanna about their travel essentials, their favorite trips, and where they’re going next. This is an excerpt from the original. Read the entire article via link at bottom.


Emily: Raen sunglasses for me, Ergo pack, Bumbleride Flite stroller for airports and if we are going anywhere with sidewalks, and Ultra Violet Kids clothes so the girls look great.

Mimi: My sunglasses, a brand-new notebook, and music to listen to. Also a Nuxe travel-size pouch; it contains all the essential products when traveling (you can get them in French pharmacies).

Elise: My camera, one or two good versatile cotton scarves (which can be used for anything from a picnic blanket to a baby-changing pad, head covering or skirt), my iPhone, and a journal or simple notebook.

Read the entire article here, http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-05-08/happy-mothers-day-moms-who-travel-with-style .

Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Harteaus

May 13th, 2015


Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Harteaus– Argentina & Chile

Adam and Emily can most often be found on a distant family adventure in their Westfalia van appreciating the outdoors and their communities. Join them as they share their travels, artwork and amazing imagery, http://ouropenroad.com/.  Our Open Road’s goal is to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

Please tell us about yourselves.

Adam & I met in Los Angeles at Otis College of Art & Design where I studied fashion design & Adam studied fine art.   Adam just had an exhibition in Los Angeles in October inspired by two years on the road- http://ouropenroad.com/terraincognita/ .  I have enjoyed having time to explore some of my other interests like cooking & writing.  Each of our blog posts is like a chapter in a book and I have been working on a cookbook for a very long time now…

Please tell us about your families’ love for travel.

We have traveled together for over a decade, always dreaming and planning our next adventure. When Emily was pregnant with Colette, Adam was working on a project that would have put us in India and Nepal for 6+ months. When that fell through, we knew the time had come for us to plan our own grand voyage. It was born naturally of a dream we developed together and wanted to share with Colette. It took over a year of saving and fundraising, planning and preparing before we departed.   The greatest gift this trip has presented is time. We have time to be together and time to explore the rich cultural landscapes; our hearts and minds have been filled by kind and generous locals and stunning natural beauty with unforgettable vistas.   Slowing down to enjoy these things has been a gift. We use all our senses to experience the day and do not expect magic moments to appear instantly.

Which countries stand out for most memorable highlights with your children? Do you have a favorite country to recommend to US/Canadian families with little ones?

Sierra’s birth in Brazil was a remarkable time on the road and has granted her dual citizenship, which we think is the coolest birthday gift ever.
My top 5 recommendations for traveling families:

1) Buenos Aires is not just a city for lovers, it is also a great city to visit with families:  parks, museums, galleries and yummy restaurants abound.

2) Conguillío and Huerquehue National Parks in the Chilean Lakes District are enchanting.  Hiking with kids has such a balancing effect, all while burning that energy they have!

3) Uruguay is a small, safe country that is easy to travel in- the east coast is especially dreamy.

4) Cartagena, Colombia is a wonderful small city where the light seems to dance on every corner.

5) The Big Island of Hawaii is like our second home, and is a phenomenal place to visit with kids- sea turtles, golden sand and tropical water – what more could anyone ask for?

Follow Adam and Emily on their travels by visiting their website, http://ouropenroad.com/ and following them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

 Check out this feature on Moms who travel with style including the Harteaus on CondeNast Traveller, http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-05-08/happy-mothers-day-moms-who-travel-with-style .

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Ladena Racine

April 21st, 2015


Bumbleride Ambassador – Ladena Racine – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Ladena can most often be found on a family adventure while sharing her favorite products, crafts, recipes and travel tips on her website along the way, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s)

Please tell us about yourself and a little bit about your family
I am an elementary school teacher and mom of two kids. My husband is a graphic designer and business owner. As a family we love being active and outside. We are passionate about traveling and exposing our children to new cities, beaches and cultures.

What was the motivation behind starting/running MyBabyStuff.ca?
I have always been one to share my love of great products and experiences with my friends and family. When I was pregnant with my second child I started noticing that there was an abundance of great products available for babies. I wanted to figure out what products were a necessity, what products were worth purchasing and what products were of good quality. I thought it made perfect sense to share my thoughts on baby gear with the world by testing some out and reviewing products that would be suitable to today’s family. MyBabyStuff.ca started with mostly baby products but soon evolved with children and parent products. It now also has a growing family travel section where I highlight and chronicle trips and quick getaways I’ve done with my family.

What do you love about living in B.C and how does Bumbleride fit into your family’s lifestyle there?
British Columbia is a very special place. On the west coast of British Columbia you could literally surf on Saturday and ski on Sunday. We have an incredible landscape and are surrounded by water. Our weather is mild all year long. Bumbleride has been a perfect fit for my family since 2007. The first Bumbleride we owned was the Rocket which I used with my now seven year old daughter.  I have since owned a Bumbleride Indie and a Flite.

Bumbleride strollers make it easy for a mom to get outside and get active with their children. They are designed for active living, are easy to maneuver and look so stylish. I’ve taken my Bumbleride strollers on trails, to the beach and on many plane rides. Bumbleride strollers have allowed my family to navigate through many big cities with ease and are perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store.

Learn more about My Baby Stuff CA here, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/

Stay in touch with My Baby Stuff CA on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

What do you love about your Bumblerides?

“I’ve tested the Bumbleride Indie and the Bumbleride Flite. I couldn’t live without both strollers. Recently, Bumbleride sent me the Indie 4 in Fog Grey. I was so excited to put this new model to the test. I had seen the Indie 4 in stores and on the streets and I really wanted to know how it performs.”

Things Ladena loves about the Indie 4:

  • The large SPF 45 canopy
  • The large storage basket (I put three winter jackets in it last week!)
  • The maneuverbility
  • The sleek look
  • The air filled tires
  • The cushion on the adjustable handlebar
  • The option of using a bassinet
  • It only weighs 22lbs and has a capacity of 55lbs

“The Indie 4 is such a cool looking stroller. It makes me WANT to go out for walks. This stroller rolls smoothly and feels really small. I can push it with one hand. It turns on a dime. When I go out with both my kids I usually attach the Mini Board onto the Indie 4. Adding the Mini Board does not affect the performance of this stroller.” -Ladena

Read Ladena’s full Indie 4 all terrain everyday stroller review here, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/2015/03/bumbleride-indie-4-stroller-review/

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Strolling with Indie 4 on the pier.

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Taking to the beach with Indie.

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Traveling with Flite in Mexico

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Kristy Mclellan

April 6th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassador – Kristy Mclellan – Ridgewood, New Jersey

Kristy and her family can most often be found enjoying the outdoors or a local soccer field. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

Please tell us about yourself.
I’m East Coast born and raised outside of New York City, but there is an inner California beach girl in me that is begging for a relocation to the ocean!  I’m a happily married Mom of three girls – Chloe (6) and our twins – Charley & Presley (18 mths) and I’m passionate about creating a healthy, safe and beautiful home for them.  I come from a Marketing background and worked for some pretty big, bold face name companies honing my skills and working with so many talented people before launching my own business with my partners.  I love design, great food and hanging out with family and friends.  My favorite time of year is Fourth of July – as a family we head to the same little cottage in Maine every summer to unwind.  No cell phones, computers or distractions.  We get to just be a family and enjoy simple things like a fire pit and smores making. I’m already dreaming of next summer.

What was your inspiration for co-founding your company?
I think most people in this industry become inspired by their kids and looking for ways to make the parents’ world easier and their child’s world better.  In our case we were living in New York City looking for a way to keep our stroller, which we used like a car, clean before bringing it into our apartment. I couldn’t bare the thought of taking it apart to get formula stains out again or listening to my wheels squeak.  I was shocked that no non-toxic, organic solutions existed so we created our own. Simple as that, BuggyLOVE was born.

How are you able to balance family & work?
They say it takes a village to raise a family and we’ve created an amazing village of support from hands-on Grandparents to old friends and new ones.  We love that our children are constantly surrounded by a whole lot of love and individual influences.  Aside from the support we do what most families do – we create a really solid schedule to ground us, but allow ourselves to be flexible and have fun within it.  It really helps us to have a great work – life balance, stay organized in business and make special time for each girl.

What do you love most about being a parent?
I love that I am the only one who can cure their boo boo with a kiss.  I think there is a really sweet metaphor in there about the kind of power that a Mom’s love has and how it helps shape these little lives.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had experienced both personal and professional success.  But being a Mom comes with a whole new level of pride I ever knew existed.  All three of our girls were born prematurely, the twins at only 26 weeks.  When they were first born no Doctors could guarantee how they would course and develop. It’s been amazing to watch these little miracles be so fearless and accomplish milestone after milestone. From first steps and words to twirling in princess costumes and scoring a soccer goal, I feel such a sense of pride through their successes, big and small.  I want to slow down time, but I can’t wait to see the amazing women they turn into.  I always say being a Mom is the best club you can ever join.

Learn more about BuggyLOVE here, http://buggylove.com/

Stay in touch with BuggyLOVE on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

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What do you love about your Bumbleride?

As founders of BuggyLOVE and parents to three girls, one year-old twins, Charley & Presley and big sis, six year-old Chloe our life is one of a happy, controlled chaos and most definitely, always on the go.

Charley & Presley were born at only 26 weeks and after a three-month stay in the NICU came home to us tiny, but as perfect as could be.  Naturally, going from parents of one to parents of three we were nervous about how on earth we would handle it all and balance the energy of our oldest with the needs of our preemies.

And just as we were about to commit myself to a life of car seat strapping in and out and a six year old with tired feet or worse yet, limiting our outings, our Bumbleride Indie Twin with the mini board arrived at our door.  What.  A. Gift.

It gave me comfort to know my little ones were safely snuggled in side by side and that their delicate heads and bodies weren’t bounced around with every bump.  As they grew up their Indie Twin grew right along with them and the ride of their life was as smooth as ever.  From car-seat adapters to bassinets to their “big girl” seats with views of the world our Bumbleride Indie Twin has worked for our family since the day they came home.  Big bonus #1 – that big sis feels like a super hot shot with the freedom of jumping on and off her mini board.  Big bonus #2 – that we can load all three girls up and move as quickly as our life does.  I’m pretty sure our greatest achievement last year was being on time to Kindergarten everyday; thanks in no small part to our Indie Twin with mini board.

As a CoFounder of BuggyLOVE, a family of organic cleaning products designed specifically for strollers and gear, it gives me such peace of mind to know that Bumbleride is always evolving their green footprint by using non-PVC plastics, bamboo fabrics, SPF 45 canopies and, of course, that they recommend BuggyLOVE to clean and maintain their rides as a way of saving time, electricity and water.

Our stroller is such a big part of our everyday life.  It let’s us live outside more. It’s a snack-time seat at the park, naptime bed on the go. It’s our moving office, our backpack and diaper bag carrier, our tired feet saver.  It’s a Disneyworld tested Godsend and survived the mall during holiday shopping.  It’s survived formula, smashed bananas and smeared sunscreen (thanks BuggyLOVE!). It’s as active as we are, essential and uniquely us.

Oh and according to Chloe, it has a pink lined canopy.  Sold to the lady with three princesses.  Now if only it came in rainbow glitter too =)


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Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Kalamas

March 6th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – Sarah and Kahana Kalama – San Diego, CA

Sarah and Kahana can most often be found enjoying a local beach, stopping by one of their Aloha Sunday locations or exploring a nearby jungle. This is the third post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

How do you maintain a work/life balance?

It’s a tricky road to navigate. I’ve always been the type of person to try to mold a profession from my personal passions and it’s worked out well so far. That said I get to pursue things that have an intrinsic value to me the majority of the time. However, there’s so much that goes into being a small business owner that it still does require a lot of my time. In any case the only way I can try strike that work/life balance is by making family and health a priority.

I try to get as much as I possibly can while the kids are asleep. I’m usually up by 5am and I try to surf, run or work out at least every morning. Being active every day gives me some time to decompress and it helps put the entire day in perspective. Beyond that I try to set aside at least one day per week to be 100% present to my family. That means no cell phone, internet, social media etc. Shutting off that constant connection is actually a huge relief and it allows me to enjoy the day spent with my wife and kids.

What advice can you offer parents who are seeking to start their own business? I would just make sure that both parents are committed. Without the support of my wife I don’t think Aloha Sunday would have ever happened. She helped shaped the vision for the brand and encouraged me to turn it into a reality. She put a lot of her own elbow grease into the buying, merchandising and management of the store while we first got started and she continues to support the store in any way possible.

That said it can be tough in the beginning. Most businesses can be physically, financially, and emotionally taxing and it’s extremely important that both parents share the same expectations about what the day to day will look like during this phase of life.

What’s next for Aloha Sunday?

We are currently in the process of opening another store on Oahu. I grew up in Kailua and it’s been a dream to one day have a store over there. With two children the pull to be able to spend more time at home has gotten even stronger. We’ll still be splitting time between San Diego and Hawaii but I’m nonetheless psyched to be able to surf in warm water more often. {UPDATE: The second Aloha Sunday is open and they’ve got a new roommate…. @localhawaii – makers of all natural shave ice and craft sodas utilizing 100% locally grown fruit, http://www.thelocalhawaii.com/. The new shop is located at 131 Hekili Street, Suite 108, Kailua, HI 96734 . Stop by on your next trip to Oahu and say hi!}

Stop by their San Diego Flagship store at  3039 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 and follow the Kalama’s on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/kahanak , http://instagram.com/skalama, http://instagram.com/dukeandthem  and http://instagram.com/AlohaSunday .

Aloha Sunday Flagship Store. San Diego, CA.

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OB Pier cruise. Ocean Beach, CA 

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Road Trip to Big Sur, CA.

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Road Trip  to Big Sur, CA.

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Jungle cruise with my everyday valentines

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Road Trip to Big Sur, CA

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Coils

February 24th, 2015

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Bumbleride Ambassadors – Jeremiah and Elise Coil – San Jose, CA

Jeremy and Elise can most often be found enjoying the outdoors or a nearby body of water. This is the second post in a new series named Bumbleride Ambassadors where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

Please tell us about yourselves
We have two daughters, Quinn (3) and Andie (1) and live in San Jose, CA.  We met while attending school in Honolulu, HI and lived in Washington state as well.  We are a family of Aquarius’ so we are always up for an adventure!

How has your life changed since having Quinn and Andie?
Having Quinn and Andie has allowed us to appreciate the little things in life we would normally take for granted.  We cherish every moment as a family and look forward to a lifetime of memories!

Tell us about your love of the outdoors
In our free time you will find the Coil family outdoors.  Surfing, biking, and hiking are our favorite activities.  We love excursions to the beach, parks, and forests nearby and we always have our Bumbleride with us for whatever we get into!

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Base camp for the day.

What do you love about your Bumblerides?

We love our Indie 4!!!  As parents of a toddler and infant life is nonstop craziness, and our Indie 4 helps keep everyone sane and ready for our next family adventure.  This being our second Indie, we were amazed at how Bumbleride was able to improve such an already awesome stroller.  Numerous beach trips, hikes, and other excursions our Indie was ready for the challenge.

After a quick and painless assembly out of the box, we were ready to roll!  Folding up the Indie was never an issue, but on occasion, the arms that locked the Indie into the folding position would be difficult to clamp onto the frame.  The Indie 4 has a new style of locking arm which is more flexible and better designed.  No more wrestling to get the Indie folded!  The harness straps are also redesigned making it easier to buckle and unbuckle the little ones.

We immediately noticed the Indie 4 felt significantly lighter and more compact to its predecessor making throwing it in the back of the SUV a breeze.  The fourth wheel makes the compact design more sturdy, maneuverable, and an overall smoother ride.  Even when taking the Indie 4 off road the fourth wheel aided in stability when riding over uneven downhill terrain.  No worries of tipping over!

If you are like us, and have an independent toddler who likes to walk everywhere…then the Mini Board attachment is a must have!  We have been on numerous outings where our toddler gets a little tired of walking and takes refuge on the Mini Board for a little while, and just cruises. The Mini Board attachment is very easy to put on and take off when not needed.  It is a perfect solution keeping the whole family on the go!  The only change I would make in relation to the Mini Board would be to have some type of attachment handles for the toddler to hold on to while riding the board.  Other than that it is perfect as is, and a genius idea!

Our family LOVES our Indie 4 and can’t wait for more adventures to come!


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Trailwalks are a breeze!!
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Andie snuggled up in a beach tunnel.

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Indie 4 with Mini Board in action!

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Aloha! The Coil Family.

Bumbleride Ambassador – Katy Martin

June 20th, 2014

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I imagine other new moms can relate to the need to feel like you are doing things right. We’re thrust into a whirlwind of conflicting opinions and it’s hard to know who or what to believe. Sometimes affirmation comes in the form of positive results at your latest wellness visit, the only time in your life when “She’s gaining weight beautifully” is music to your ears. At other times a smile from your newborn is all you need to get through your day. Or was that just a little gas? I recently felt the satisfaction of believing I had made the right decision when I met a new mother’s group for the first time.

Setting off for a hike, I popped open my stroller at which point the other’s adoringly exclaimed, “Is that a Bumbleride?” The brand new, all-terrain Bumbleride Indie 4 has done me proud. Not only does the gorgeous aquamarine color draw the attention of admirers, but it’s array of really well-considered features draws stroller aficionados too. Such as it’s plentiful storage space: I ended up carrying several other diaper bags, cell phones, water bottles et al as we set off on our hike.

I live in one of the most beautiful towns in America, Steamboat Springs, a town where the surrounding mountains beckon you outside, day-in, day-out. Over the past few months, the Indie 4, Lily, and I have pounded the pavement of the Yampa River Core Trail; we’ve explored the rough trails of our local Whistler Park together; and we’ve even trekked up a few thousand feet of vertical on Emerald Mountain. We’ve even navigated the tight twists and turns of local boutiques without knocking over one thing, and tucked ourselves together in corners of restaurants without getting any glares (that I cared to notice) for taking up too much space. I haven’t rolled over anyone’s foot either, thanks to the front wheels being compactly tucked on the inside of the frame. (I have bumped the odd doorway with the back ones – but I think I have to blame that on my bad driving skills!)

Through it all, I have been really impressed with the Indie’s maneuverability over different terrain, in and around tight corners, as well as the way it rolls over different lumps and bumps of our landscape with shock-absorbing all-wheel suspension.

The Fold

It’s easy to open, close and compactly stow away. This aspect was very important to me because I travel often to see family spread all over the world and I needed a stroller that I could easily take with me. (I’m definitely planning on getting the travel bag). Before I set out the first time, I practiced opening and closing it so as not to make a fool of myself in public – and after just two goes, I felt ready to head out! It’s easy. It’s relatively light too. I say relative because, at 22 lbs, it still feels a little heavy to lug around – but compared to other strollers of it’s kind, it’s a breeze!
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The Bassinet

I have especially enjoyed the bassinet. We’ve had some pretty warm weather this spring, and while I also love my Maxi Cosi Infant Car Seat – which locks in easily to the Indie 4 with the help of an additional adapter from Bumbleride (most brands are compatible with the Indie, but the Maxi Cosi needs the adapter) – the Maxi Cosi gets pretty warm, and Lily heats up with it. The bassinet is not only a lovely, cooler option, it gives her space to vigorously kick her little legs. She especially loves the “peek-a-boo” sunroof, locking in her attention to see all that passes above her. I’m comforted by the fact that the sunshade is SPF 45 too! The bassinet has also been a fabulous alternative to a pack n’ play, and even a Moses basket. It’s become a cozy haven for nap time during the day, and it’s been all we need to take with us for Lily’s sleeping arrangements when we’ve traveled and stayed at hotels.

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Indie 4 is an investment that I’m thrilled I made. I trust it will be all we need for several years, adapting to the needs of our growing baby (and children). I live by the motto of “Buy nice or buy twice!” My husband has meticulously inspected it’s structure and sturdiness, and my mother has examined how easily it cleans. The material is easy to wipe down, and you do have the option to remove the entire lining of the stroller to wash more thoroughly. I don’t expect to see any wear and tear anytime soon. I would recommend the Indie 4 to anyone who is looking for a stroller that can go the distance, with children of all ages, and across varying terrains and climates (I have yet to test it out in out 400+ powder snow, but trust it will be a-ok !) So when my friends exclaimed, “Is that a Bumbleride?” I beamed proudly. “Yes, it is and I love it.”

My favorite features:

  • I like the extra storage basket underneath
  • I love that it is compatible with my Maxi Cosi car seat which I love because it eliminates the need of transferring a sleeping baby
  • I feel good about the fact that the fabrics are made up of 50% recycled PET (14 plastic bottles) and 50% bamboo charcoal fiber
  • I appreciate the auto locks and standing fold as I wrangle getting in and out of cars, and planes
  • I’m comforted by the 3 year warranty and “a lifetime of friendly Customer Care.” I did reach out to Bumbleride with a question when we first bought it, and they were nothing but delightful and very helpful.
  • My husband appreciates the adjustable handle to accommodate our height differences
  • Lily loves the peek-a-boo window

My least favorite features:

  • The foot brake is easy to tap up and down with my foot, but I do wish it was a little more cushioned for when I am out and about in flip-flops!
  • It is quite big and takes up quite a bit of room in my Jeep Liberty, but space-saving is not my biggest priority with this stroller
  • If it could be lighter in weight, I would be eternally grateful

…but I’m just making these last points to find something to nitpick… because ultimately I am really happy with the Indie 4. It’s perfect for our lifestyle! Bumbleride Indie 4 review Katy Martin Steamboat Springs Colorado

Learn more about Indie 4 here, http://www.bumbleride.com/strollers/indie4 .

Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Pastranas

June 6th, 2014


Bumbleride Ambassadors – The Pastranas

Lyn-Z and Travis can most often be found in the air. Lyn-Z is a professional skateboarder and Travis is a professional auto racer and motocross rider. New parents to Addy, the Pastrana’s took a break from their Nitro Circus Tour stop in Australia to share how their Bumblerides help navigate life on tour. This is the first post in a new series named Bumbleride Ambassadors where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).

“We have always lived a very hectic, fast pace, constantly on the move life. Having a baby generally slows you down but our lives just don’t permit that. We have to be able to scoop our daughter up and bring her along on our worldly adventures. Our Bumbleride strollers have been a huge part in making it a smoother transition into traveling with a baby.

The Indie is the ultimate all in one, all terrain vehicle for our daughter. We are able to push her around the back yard to the motocross track, out to the skatepark, on the rough uneven cobble stone European roads, on a jog, and it maneuvers so well through a city. She could be in the attachable bassinet to sleep when she was younger or if we didn’t have room to bring that along and now that she’s a bit bigger we can lock the footrest up and lay the back down flat creating a cozy bassinet on its own.

At 8 months old our daughter Addy has been on tour about half her life. We traveled a month in Europe, a month all over North America, and now we are in Australia for a month. My husband and I perform in and tour with the Nitro Circus Live, where I skateboard and he rides freestyle motocross. It is great to be able to have the space under the stroller to load it up with everything Addy could possibly need and wheel her into the locker room for a babysitter to watch her while we perform. I take comfort in knowing she has a place to sit and play or sleep.”

~Lyn-z Pastrana

Keep up to date with Lyn-Z and Travis here, https://www.facebook.com/LYNZSKATE and https://www.facebook.com/TravisPastrana.



The Pastrana’s were given their Bumblerides and their opinions above are their own.

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