In contrast to the usual buggy, which has the same number of tires as a sports stroller, the so-called jogger is much more stable and manoeuvrable. This is made possible by three solid pneumatic tires that are better able to absorb shocks – especially on uneven roads. The sports buggy is primarily a practical companion for active parents who take their child jogging, inline skating or hiking. Even if the sports stroller is a bit bulkier than an ordinary buggy, its special equipment ensures more stability and comfort (for the baby). Before choosing a jogger, there are a few important points to keep in mind.
In addition to the swiveling and lockable swivel wheels, a sports stroller is characterized by the following features:
So that you have to use less force when pushing
So that shocks on uneven paths are dampened
So that you can be seen in poor visibility
So that the stroller takes up less space
So that your child sits comfortably even at higher speeds
So that your child can lie or sleep on the go
So that your child can sit sensibly and safely
So that the stroller also looks good
So that the sports buggy is adjusted to your arm length
So that your child is protected from strong sunlight
So that your child does not fall out of the sports buggy
Many manufacturers advertise that their sports strollers can be used in the first months of life. That is correct in itself, but you should consider that your child's spine, which is still underdeveloped, must not be put under too much strain. For this reason, a general recommendation is to only use the sports buggy on uneven terrain from the tenth month. For an ordinary walk, you can of course initiate the stroller beforehand - as long as you don't reach high speeds. An important indication for parents should also be that their child can already sit alone. Conversely, the question arises as to how long a stroller can be used. It really doesn't depend on the age of your child, but on their weight. Every manufacturer labels its models with a maximum load, which you should use as a guide.
A sports buggy should have sufficient springs so that it not only protects your child's spine, but also your arms due to the lower strain - after all, jogging with one hand on the sports buggy is much more strenuous.
The larger the air wheels, the easier it is to push the stroller. The common sizes are between twelve and 20 inches.
Due to the increased speed when jogging, the sports stroller should have a handbrake or parking brake that you can operate quickly. This is particularly important on sloping terrain.
When buying a pushchair, make sure that it has a 5-point harness with a safety lock. It protects your child in all directions.
An ergonomic articulated slide (handle), an adjustable seat position and a closable canopy that can protect your child from the sun, wind and rain ensure more flexibility and comfort.
If you not only want to use the stroller for longer trips on forest and meadow paths, but also for sporting activities, the issue of safety is the top priority. This applies to downhill stretches as well as to straight paths over hill and dale - the more vibrations affect the stroller, the more strenuous it is for you to hold the sports buggy with one arm. Because of this, you can use a safety strap that attaches to your hand and to the trolley itself. This way you can be sure that if you slip off the handle, the buggy cannot become independent.
Also make sure that the rear wheels of the pushchair cannot swivel - otherwise the buggy could lose track at higher speeds and tip over if the car is not stable enough in itself. The front wheel, on the other hand, can be pivoted, but should in any case also offer the possibility of being fixed. Another safety feature is the wheelbase - i.e. the distance between the two axles: the greater the distance, the more stability the stroller experiences. Last but not least, you can equip the buggy with additional reflectors to increase safety and visibility.
As an extra safety precaution, you can equip the sport buggy with stroller lights. The clip system, which can be used universally, is particularly suitable for increasing visibility on dark days or in the evening. This is made possible by five white LED lights (in front), two red LED lights at the back and nine large LED lights on the side of the stroller lamp. The scope of delivery already includes two lights that you can easily attach to your sports stroller.
One more tip at the end: Check the sports stroller regularly for visual defects. This applies in particular to all screws and rivets, which should always be tight. Are the clasps still in place? Are the brakes still on? All of these points are essential for maximum security.
Regular use in open areas will collect dirt and dust on the stroller and covers over time. These signs of wear and tear contribute to the fact that the buggy wears out more quickly - all the more important is the right care: wipe the (removable) covers from time to time with a damp cloth or clean them in the washing machine with a mild detergent. To slow down wear and tear on the tires and the frame itself, you should clean the stroller at least twice a year and regularly lubricate all moving parts. It is best to use spray oil such as WD40 Specialist silicone spray for hard-to-reach areas.
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