The Bugaboo differs from, say, an umbrella--or even an umbrella stroller--where these two actions are symmetrical and reversible. When combined with the Bugaboo's unconventional structure, this asymmetry makes it difficult to just stare at a Frog and intuit how it works.
Daddy Types asked a bona fide NASA astrophysicist/Bugaboo owner (and, incidentally, former schoolmate of Gwyneth) for help.
This good doctor offered to have her, um, minion demonstrate the easiest, most efficient way to grapple with this cool-but-confounding rig. The illustrated 3-step tutorial follows below:
- The Frog is set up; you've already spent hours poring over the manual and have managed to put the Frog together. You have removed the bassinet/seat/car seat (and any car seat adaptors).
- The Frog is set up for street driving, with the small wheels in front.
- The brake is engaged, so the thing doesn't go rolling around on you.
- For illustrative purposes, the underseat storage bag has been removed. Leaving it on doesn't change the instructions; it just makes the thing more unwieldy.
Closing a Bugaboo
1. Engage both spring-loaded levers and drop the handle down, not forward.
2. With the handle on the ground, grab the Frog on the main crossbar (the one with the label) and lift it up. The small wheels and handle should both close toward the center.
3. With the little attached clips, secure the small wheels to the crossbar.
Opening a Bugaboo
1. Hold the closed stroller with the wheels facing you, then let the small wheels drop. (They'll stop when the struts form a right angle with the large wheel struts.)
2. While holding the rig slightly away from you and at least 12-18" off the ground, engage both spring-loaded levers with your thumbs and let both sets of wheels and struts swing freely down. Before they close together, set the wheels down.
3. That's it, really. Make little adjustments if needed: e.g., push down a bit to open the bottom struts to a 90-degree angle; engage levers to bring the handle back toward you if it's over the small wheels.
Note: This method would be 10x easier if the small wheels would click into place when they swing down. But they don't. Yet.
Buy a Bugaboo and try it yourself.