Last year, in Cologne, we had the privilege of being given a guided tour around the busy Mountain Buggy stand where the buzzing team were passing on their enthusiasm to hoards of interested retailers . At the front of their stand, in pride of place, was the Free Rider- a clip-on toddler board/scooter that was the proud winner of the Innovation Award – this you have to see!
The Freerider as a buggy board:
The attaching bracket can be fixed to the pushchair anywhere along the back axle – so no tripping over your toddler while pushing their sibling!
The back wheel of the Free rider has two positions; one fixed to allow scootering and the other rotational to allow smooth cornering when attached to the pushchair.
A toggle can fasten the buggy up out of the way so that you don’t have to wander around holding it when it’s not in use.
When the buggy board is stowed, he clip-in handle bar can be removed and slipped in behind the folded board – neat!
The Free rider as a scooter:
A quick release button attaches or detached the Free rider from the connector (no tools required!)
A step-on brake on the back wheel can quickly bring the scooter to a halt.
A wide footplate is covered in an anti-slip surface
I have used the Free rider with my three year old son. He hasn’t really needed a pushchair for a year but while I was staying in Basingstoke I decided to try out the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle as it was large enough and I thought he may enjoy being whizzed through the crowded shopping centre. We took the Free rider along for the moment we reached the inevitable ‘I want to get out Mummy’.
Once I had conceded to let him out, we set the Free rider up as a scooter and allowed him to take advantage of the smooth urban terrain - he loved it. He didn’t really reach any worrying speeds so safety was never an issue. Luckily we had all the time in the world and we came across very understanding human traffic.
I can see the Free rider being the ideal shopping incentive. “Once we’ve been to the shops we will go to the park and you can play on your scooter” I know that if my son had a younger sibling and we lived in town, this would be the only practical means of getting around the shops at any sort of pace. Attached to the Mountain Buggy, which is a dream to push, it was out of the way and kept him amused long enough.
The Free rider connector is currently compatible with the Mountain Buggy swift, urban jungle, terrain, +one and duo although they are developing a connector that will be able to attach to strollers from a variety of manufacturers such as BabyJogger, Bugaboo, phil&teds, quinny, TFK and others.
Available in orange, blue, pink and black it retails in the UK for £80.