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#1 Kalanchoe

Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:46 PM

My 5 year old Bugaboo Cameleon broke today (is it completely pathetic that I'm feeling all teary & emotional about this?). I don't drive so my pram was kind of like my car & I'm feeling lost without it! :(

So I need some recommendations for a good, sturdy stroller that can accommodate a 2 year old & a tall 4 year old.

We were using the bugaboo wheeled board attached to the cameleon for my 4 year old. I'm short & my husband is tall so an adjustable handle is a must.

My kids aren't petite, so a higher weight capacity would be good.

I'm also after something not too pricey as I really can't justify spending a lot on a pram we might only use for a year & a bit.

Any recommendations or suggestions would be so appreciated :)

#2 Fossy

Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:50 PM

What broke on it? Is it repairable?

#3 Hands Up

Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:32 PM

Try gumtree. I got my mountain buggy plus one for $160. New they are close to $1000.

#4 Kalanchoe

Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:49 PM

The part where the handle bar joins onto the chassis snapped when DH was taking it down some stairs.

Apparently it is repairable, but I'm concerned that if I get that part fixed, the other side will do the same thing. I think it's probably on it's last legs.

#5 Carf79

Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:29 AM

I have had Bugaboos since 2010 - first the Chameleon and then the Donkey. You can buy a whole new chassis which obviously includes handlebar from Bugaboo directly and although not cheap, it might be cheaper than a whole new good quality stroller?  I had my Donkey chassis replaced (luckily under warranty) back in 2013 and it is still going well now on the third child.  I think if you buy direct online the new part is also eligible for warranty if you register the serial number etc - not 100% sure this is an option in Australia (we bought in Europe). Good luck!

#6 MadnessCraves

Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:29 AM

I'd get the steelcraft agile. Your 2yo is nearly the age he doesn't need a pram. The 4yo needs to walk more soon. So nothing expensive.

I don't drive either and as they get older you want to wean them off pram. It does get easier to get around once they're older.

Edited by MadnessCraves, 21 March 2017 - 05:30 AM.

#7 Wonderstruck

Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:56 AM

In a similar style to the pp Valco prams are good value. I paid $300 for my snap 4 brand new. It's 6.6kg - takes something like 17kg, can use a skateboard etc. I'm currently using it for a newborn and it's so light and zippy it's so practical. We live in Inner West Sydney so walk more than we drive due to parking issues.

The handlebar doesn't adjust but that will be common in the cheaper/basic end of the market.

I wouldn't be spending much given the age of your kiddies and the fact that they'll soon mostly prefer to walk.

Edited by Wonderstruck, 21 March 2017 - 05:59 AM.

#8 Riotproof

Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:29 AM

Given the age of your kids, I'd enquire about cost of repair. You really may not need it much longer.

#9 Bugster

Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:58 AM

you can sometime pick up secondhand chassis/frame on gumtree or the bugaboo facebook buy sell pages pretty cheap.

#10 Kalanchoe

Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:12 AM

Thanks everyone :)

My 2 year old is really still quite a little guy. I do quite a bit of walking to get to where we need to go & he still very much needs the pram.

My 4 year old can walk a long way but he gets tired & very slooow so it's good to have the board for him to hop on & off. It's also good for keeping us all together & safe if we are somewhere crowded. So I feel like I'll be using the pram for a while yet.

I also don't know if I'm definitely 100% finished with babies -but that's a whole other thread entirely :( so I think that's why I was leaning towards getting a new pram, but I'm going to get it repaired. If it breaks again, I'll get a new one then.


#11 Jakethomas

Posted 29 March 2017 - 11:02 PM

Sorry that yr pram broke and that pram is one of the top prams going around i am also looking for a pram i.would say go for mountain buggy thats what i am going for i had a babe care twin pram.didnt last long and then i.brought steelcraft pram mmmmmmm that broke too so my hubby tape it up lol but really i need a new pram as my little monekys cant walk far as i dont drive also .so i would say go for a mountain buggy check gumtree trading post even ebay  good luck .

#12 c.sanders

Posted 30 March 2017 - 01:47 AM

We just bought the steelcraft strider compact deluxe edition. Is very nice and fancy looking too. It was just under $700. I'm sure there's better prices out there but I really liked having an adjustable leather handle etc. It does have all your requirements and down the track if you choose to have another baby you can change it to a double since you can add a second seat or a capsule or whatever. So it has a lot of options. There are a few strollers out there that does have the option of attaching a second seat. The city select is another really good one.
My almost 5 yo was very comfortable in our new stroller. But it's probably best for you to go to the store and put your kids in the stroller like we did and test them out. We did also buy the second seat. Just handy to have as a back up when one gets tired or falls asleep etc.

#13 Kalanchoe

Posted 30 March 2017 - 05:39 PM

^ c.sanders the Steelcraft Strider Compact Deluxe is lovely! I did actually have a look at that one. It does look really fancy! Is it any good going down stairs? Looks like it cost way more than $700.

I ended up getting my old clunky cameleon fixed. I'm glad he's home. Mend & make do :)

#14 c.sanders

Posted 31 March 2017 - 04:15 AM


I got it from here. $699 normally. They had a 15% sale 2 weekends ago. I haven't tried it on stairs.

I'm glad you got your stroller fixed. :)

Mine is almost falling apart and not worth getting fixed and even then I finally convinced dh now that ds3 is 6months old. But I've been wanting a new stroller for ages.

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