When the freerider turned up on the doorstep it happened to be half term here in the UK, so I had two very excited girlie's fighting over who gets to ride it! It came in a box with funky pictures all over, plus the instructions which were very easy-to-follow steps on how to fix onto and off the buggy (so check the box before throwing out!).
The instructions included lots of big pictures (not lots of tiny irritating to read lingo that gets lost in the midst of a excited child jumping all over the place!). A worthwhile mention to those who are confused over the weight limit still, it is 20kg not 15kg as originally released and printed on the packaging box!
I got the hubby to fix the attachment to the urban jungle for me, not because it was hard to do... far from it. I just wanted him to do a man’s job! The board fixes into the connector very easily by sliding a red button and slotting two metal rods in. When you let go of the red button it locks in place and is very secure. It’s important that you adjust the rear wheel of the scooter to use in buggy board mode so it swivels and sits higher. It’s really easy to do - it just lifts and swivels around.
Another thing worth mentioning is its use as a buggy board - I can confirm that the child has ample foot space. I never found that Isabella was having a problem staying on or trying to keep her balance. I will also add that she has plenty of room in the space between the back of the urban seat and the handlebar, making it easy for her to jump on and off.
Brodie is an older baby at 16 months and it’s only when he's napping that the seat is at a slight recline that I take the handle part off the freerider when attached to the buggy. The handle is very easy to remove, simply by pushing in a metal button and sliding the handle up and out of the socket. Again, it’s very easy to replace by pushing the button in and sliding down the handlebar to line the button up with the hole on the board. The handle will fit in the basket out of the way no problems too.
I have attached the connector onto the urban jungle ( I say 'I' but mean 'hubby'!), slightly over to one side rather than in the middle of the axle, so it was easy to push the buggy with board in place. I definitely don't have that waddling effect when I walk! So that’s it as a buggy board!
As a scooter, you must swivel the rear wheel back on itself to become fixed into the base board. Obviously if you have taken the handle off you need to add that too! As much as Isabella would love a skateboard I don't quite think that’s safe! The steering for the scooter is on a 'truck' mechanism very much like a skateboard and the idea is that the child leans weight to one side to steer it. It is sturdy and it doesn't steer too freely so you don't get a wobble effect, making it perfect if the scooter is a new domain for a young toddler.
At present it fits all Mountain Buggy’s with exception to the wire basket/fixed wheel models, and I hear they are in the works of extending the compatibility to other brands including phil&teds, BOB, Baby Jogger, Bugaboo and the list goes on.
The freerider is certainly a great unique product and it does make it easier to cart around a older sibling or mindee* that wants a bit of freedom. It’s also great for me to use on the school run as whilst the scooters are banned in the playgrounds, buggy boards are not!
* = what a child is called under the care of a childminder