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#1 Futureself

Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

So, I am in possession of a BJCS for 6 week old DS and I love it. We go on long walks, it's brilliant for grass and gravel etc and the bassinet is awesome.
HOWEVER I don't drive and to get to Mothers group etc I will be on a bus and not all buses have ramp access and even if they do, the BJCS is just too big for me to feel comfortable busing with it.

So, for those that have a very light, very easy to fold stroller - one handed if possible-  that they use on public transport to just zip around please recommend me yours! I'd like to start using it straight away so it does need to recline and have a good basket as well. Don't worry about price, I'll worry about that later.

Edited by futureself, 01 November 2012 - 04:04 PM.

#2 Bunsen the feral

Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

If you need to fold up the stroller a large basket isn't necessarily your friend as you'll have to empty it anyway - better to be able to attach a bag that holds everything.

I have a Maclaren Quest which is very light and small, easy to maneuver onto a bus and fit in the fold up seat area if available. Also folds down easily with a baby in one hand - one hand and one foot required - once you've folded it is easy to pick up and put in the storage area. Basket area isn't huge but I find I can put my whole bag in it to just pull out at the bus stop if necessary - small bag tho, not an everything and the kitchen sink bag! You can put the bag over the handles but you need to be careful it doesn't tip.

#3 Lokum

Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:40 PM

BCJMini, for the one-handed fold.

For light and compact, Bugaboo Bee. Rear faces as well.

I'd try to get either 2nd hand from ebay/gumtree. If you already have a Select, these two are too exy to buy new.

Otherwise, cheap ($100-ish) Valco strollers. There are some of these which have full recline, good basket and canopy, are light and have small fold. The steering isn't brilliant, they're not great for rough surfaces, but will do the job on footpaths and buses, in shops etc.  

People will come and say McLarens, but apart from marginally better steering, I'm not sure the price hike is justified from the Valcos. You still need a two-handed steer for McLarens, which is why Id go Bee or BCJM if you can.

#4 Bunsen the feral

Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

I was going to mention the BJCM for the one handed fold (I have the double, great pram) but I think it would be difficult to get into the storage rack on the bus - something to test out if considering it.

Re the extra cost of Maclarens, I've had mine for over 3 years of heavy use and it's as good as new, worth the money for the quality IMO.

#5 Jen the hen

Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:49 PM

I second the BJCM - we have been taking it on the bus and tram for three years now and it's super. The one handed fold is so great if you get an old style bus. I'm not brilliant at getting it into the storage rack one handed - I can do it but usually take someone out on the way - but my husband is big and strong and can swing it around with a couple of fingers. The other thing is it's quite small so good at getting in and out of crowded buses. The one handed steering is very useful when you have bags and things.

We used to have a valco and it was even lighter and about the same size, but it was a two handed fold which might not be so handy.

#6 Fright bat

Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:59 PM

Stuff the pram. Get a good quality sling - the ergo is my recommendation. By the time bub gets too heavy to carry around, he'll be big enough to sit in an el cheapo $25 umbrella stroller from toys r us.

#7 opethmum

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:09 PM

I have a BJCM and I am a public transport user as I do not drive and it is fantastic. it is light weight, the only thing is that if you place anything in the basket down below make sure it is all together and easy to take out. The one fold system is great. Have the D clip on the handle and make sure you do not have too many bags on it.  

Target is selling also HiPods which have copied the one fold system and is cheaper than the BJCM.

#8 Nobody Cool

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:17 PM

I have a MacLaren Daytripper which I think has been re-branded as the Quest.

Brilliant, lightweight, easy one-handed fold and carry. I am on buses and trains all the time and know that feeling when the low floor bus doesn't turn up and you are faced with the prospect of several steps up to get onto the bus and nowhere to store the pram. Such a quick and simple fold down, fits into the seat beside you if needs be.

The only downside is that you need to be careful if you have bags over the handles and the baby is not in the seat because it is light and can topple backwards. This IMO is still secondary to the other benefits.

ETA I think this is a different model to the Quest because it sells for around the $200 mark.

Edited by Shady Lane, 01 November 2012 - 06:24 PM.

#9 Madnesscraves

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:17 PM

I've been using a steel craft agile at the moment I hate it, but the baby loves it. she prefers it to my Icandy stroller!  cry1.gif
but!! I have heard that the quicksmart stroller may be worth it. you can carry it like a handbag! I think Toys r us sells them Pram

but if you're after a el cheapo I'd just go into big w and pick one up for $35.

I feel your pain about some buses not being pram friendly!

#10 lotsofbots

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:24 PM


#11 tenar

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

We have a Combi Well-Carry (I think that's the model, might be mixing up the names).  It is a one-handed, really fast fold, easy to do while holding bub in the other hand, and once folded the stroller stands upright (so it doesn't get wet if it's muddy or whatever), and is easily dragged along behind you.  The back lays down fully and I've used it for DD2 since she was born (she's now 15 months, over 12kg and sleeping in it right now).

#12 Paddlepop

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

futureself: You're in Brisbane aren't you? If you are, you can contact either the Brisbane City Council or Translink (can't remember which one) and book to have a wheelchair bus turn up. You need to give them 24 hours notice minimum, the bus route number and the exact time that you will be catching the bus. They will then do what they can to make sure a suitable bus does that bus run. I was told this about 2 years ago by the Public Transport Chairperson for the BCC.

Other than that, I have no idea. I don't drive, and pretty much gave up trying to catch public transport with a pram and just stayed home unless my DH could drive me. Every time I tried I would get one of the old buses and have to fold the pram up. Today my DD and I caught the bus into Wickham Terrace to go to a medical appointment with DH, and I didn't take a pram because DD is now old enough to walk for herself thankfully. Ironically, the buses both there and back were wheelchair buses.

#13 Futureself

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

Thank you everyone! Definitely a few brands to check out that I didn't know about so thank you- one handed fold is definitely the priority. I am a weakling so may have issues with the BJCM and the storage rack!

loysofbots - thank you, that may just tick all the boxes and great price!

QUOTE (MsN @ 01/11/2012, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stuff the pram. Get a good quality sling - the ergo is my recommendation. By the time bub gets too heavy to carry around, he'll be big enough to sit in an el cheapo $25 umbrella stroller from toys r us.

Very true about the sling, we have a fantastic one at the moment (a Caboo Close carrier)  that DS loves and insists on sleeping in during the day but I do find carrying my bag as well and being 'out' with him in it - bus and quick shopping- a bit annoying.

#14 Futureself

Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

Paddlepop - I am and I had no idea that you could do that with booking , thanks for the info, who knew!?  original.gif
I just wish the bcc would prioritise replacing all the old buses with accessible ones, it's appalling that so many old buses are still on the roads and those with disabilities are restricted.

#15 --binda--

Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

I bus it around with a strider plus - soooooooooon (when I get the funds together, hopefully this weekend), I'll be getting the strider compact, as I love how sturdy the plus has been for us over the last 19 months.

#16 laridae

Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:10 PM

As soomeone who has been catching a bus every day, twice a day since my DD was 5 months old.  I second the Ergo carrier.  And a backpack for your stuff/handbag with a over the head shoulder strap.  Or the add on pouches for the Ergo.
Prams, however big, are a PITA on public transport.  
With an Ergo you can sit down with the baby still strapped in - way easier.

#17 ekbaby

Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

Maclaren here, we have the Techno, which I think is similar to the Quest but had some extra accessories.

However we did not really start using a stroller on public transport until DS1 was 18 months- 2 years old- up until that point, it was easier to just carry him in the ergo, and take a backpack for our stuff.

So we probably could have gotten a cheaper Maclaren that does not recline back all the way.

We also have a cheapie $25 Toys R Us jobbie but I found the maclaren super sturdy, did not have to bend over while pushing it, and it has a basket underneath. As PP pointed out, you need to empty the basket if you are folding up pram on the bus, but I just put things in a really big bag (like a supermarket green bag) to make this easy.

I definitely found an umbrella stroller the best, as you can fold it up so it hardly takes up much room, if your bus is crowded, and also it is easy to carry in one hand while climbing up stairs etc at train stations (and still holding your toddlers other hand).

#18 BumpyX

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:46 PM

I lived in the inner city Sydney with my newborn and caught buses regularly. I used the Bugaboo Bee which I loved. You can lay it flat so baby can sleep, smooth turning circle, light, very easy to fold (push 2 buttons) and you can shorten the handle length to make the stroller more compact.

#19 aquarius9

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

I have a few friends who live in the Inner city and use public transport a lot. Two have got the Bee and one has a BCJM.

#20 LittleSpoon

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:51 AM

Madnesscraves - do you mind me asking why you hate the Agile? I was planning to get one and would live any feedback. Ta. (Sorry to hijack the thread OP!)

#21 PurpleNess

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

I have a Mclaren Stroller & happily steer it with one hand - all the time....

Mine is a Techno XLR but I believe the Quest is a bit lighter.
As PP says though the storage is not good, you'd be best to use a backpack as hanging things on the handles can unbalance the pram....even though I do it!

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