What's a 'Running' Buggy?
What makes a buggy a 'running' buggy?
AND little video on what to take with you for the best buggy running experience possible!
What Makes a running buggy.... just That?
This is the question I get asked the most! The more suitable a buggy is for running the less suitable it will be for day to day use. Many people buy versions that can do both but compromise on running functionality to a degree.
Here is the summary of what makes a running buggy exactly that.
All models have rear wheel suspension which absorbs impact much like a mountain bike or car in order to make a smoother ride for the baby and it easier for you to push.
2) Type of Tyres & size of wheels
Pneumatic tyres are a must to absorb impact and for ease of movement. All models are 3 wheelers and the bigger the wheels the easier it is to push over uneven terrain. They vary from 20 inch to 16 inch on most running buggies. Some have a smaller front wheel. The clever folk at Mountain Buggy recognise it might be beneficial to have smaller wheels for urban use so provide free 12 inch rear wheels with their Terrain too.
3) Fixed front wheel
Having a fixed front wheel is important for running for stability and therefore safety. With a front wheel that swivels you can easily be bounced off an object and pulled to one side. Having a model which gives the option to lock into place for running or swivel freely for normal use provides flexibility that many people are looking for. Both the Thule Urban Glide and the Mountain Buggy Terrain have this feature.
Some models look to provide storage solutions via pockets or under carriage baskets. These are indeed handy when coming home from the shops but for the serious runner just add bulk and weight so many models do without them. This also reduces any chance of them impacting stride length.
This is for safety to slow you down when running downhill much like you would do on a bike. Not on all models in the market.
6) Wrist Strap
A key safety feature to ensure that you do not lose control of the buggy if you fall.