So you have a Bugaboo. You fall madly in love with it from the day you lay your hands upon the padded handle and feel a dance in your step as you push it along with ease. Then? You learn you are pregnant again. What do you do? Well, you could buy the Donkey but what if you have bonded with your Cameleon (or Frog, Bee, Gecko) and don’t want to part ways? What if your current rider is now a big three year old and his/her stroller days are numbered? Why, you look in to the Bugaboo Wheeled Board, of course!
I bought a Bugaboo Universal Wheeled Board the second my son turned three (my youngest was one). I had heard very little about it and tried to research it as much as I could but let’s face it… there’s not a whole lot of detailed information out there about the Bugaboo Wheeled Board. I decided to give it a go and I’m pretty glad I did.
The Bugaboo Universal Wheeled Board comes in a box with one 6″ plastic wheel, elastic band and an adapter set for the Bugaboo Cameleon, Frog or Gecko and an adapter set for the Bugaboo Bee. It is very simple to assemble and has easy-to-read, detailed instructions.
The 2-piece adapter clamp snaps directly on the rear axle bar of the chassis. I leave the clamp on my frame at all times; it’s not at all conspicuous and I’m afraid that I’ll misplace it if I take it off. The purpose of the clamp is to keep the Wheeled Board from sliding back and forth on the rear axle bar.
The elastic band is meant to pull the back of the Wheeled Board up (while attached to the stroller) and out of the way of the parent while not in use. It attaches to the chassis’ central bar (directly under the seat) and has a white toggle that threads through a small opening near the front of the Wheeled Board.
The wheel clicks into the board easily and can pop back off with a push of one button. It’s a full 360 degree 6″ swivel wheel, without a locking option and has a spring suspension.
The Universal Wheeled Board (once assembled) installs with two clicks. Simply push the front arms of the board down on the rear axle bar until you hear each side click. Installing the board can be done with one hand.
To remove, pull out/down the white locks on the under-side of the front arms with one finger. Removing the board is a two-handed process.
While attached to the stroller chassis: The elastic band is the only way to store the Wheeled Board while attached. I rarely use the elastic band because if the board is in the ready position, my son is either using it or will be using it again shortly. I’ve found that it’s more work to lower and raise it than it is to keep it attached or remove it all together. I will say that when and if my underbasket is full (which is rare) I will utilize the elastic strap but that has happened once.
Unattached from the stroller chassis: I’ve never been able to fold and store my Bugaboo properly with the Wheeled Board attached. Before folding the stroller (or when my son is finished riding), I always remove the Wheeled Board and either place it in the underbasket or in the trunk of my car next to the folded stroller. As you can see in the picture above, it fits great in the underbasket. I can fold and store my stroller with the Wheeled Board in the underbasket.
My 3.5-year-old has no problem using the Wheeled Board. The only thing he had to learn was to ask when he wanted on or off! There were times that he would be riding on the board and want to get off but he neglected to tell me that he wanted off. When he did this, I was able to stop fairly quickly and remind him that he needs to tell me when he wanted to get off (or on).
He instinctively wraps his hands around each side of the handle bar and holds on tight.
The one thing he has been doing lately (and it bugs me more than it is unsafe) is he tries to play with the brake- the white lever on his ride side. He’s not strong enough to engage the brake but he has managed to pull it enough to where the brake starts clicking against the tire.
I’m able to reverse the seat position (to face me) and still use the Wheeled Board but my kids look at each other enough so I rarely do that. I’m also able to recline the seat to the second position (facing in and out) without interfering with my 3.5-year-old’s position on the Wheeled Board. It gets a little tight when I try to recline the seat to the third position/fully reclined while the seat is facing both in and out. Since the same seat frame is used for the newborn bassinet, having the Wheeled Board attached while using the newborn bassinet allows the same space as the reclined seat (pictured) for your older child, causing them to stick their bodies out more than normal, it’s a little cramped but it is do-able.
When it comes to maneuverability, I barely know that I have the Wheeled Board attached to my stroller most days. The added weight of 3.5-year-old my son (he’s 27lbs.) doesn’t hinder my ability to push the stroller. I’ve been able to go up and down curbs, a series of steps and over rough terrain with the Wheeled Board attached. My son was not riding on the board during those instances (for obvious safety reasons) but I wanted to see if it could be done while attached.
Now for the height vs. pushing…
I’m 5’5″ and to comfortably push my Bugaboo with the Wheeled Board attached, I have to telescope my handle bar to the maximum height, which is 44.5″. Even then, the wheel extends beyond the height of the handle bar and I’m forced to either straddle the wheel slightly or walk to one side of the stroller.
You can see in this picture how the wheel sticks out past the maximum handle bar height. I usually push the stroller with one hand and from the side as I prefer that to straddling (or kicking) the Wheeled Board. Because the Bugaboo strollers push like a dream (meaning they are a true one-handed stroller) it doesn’t bother me but it’s worth mentioning.
Here are the handle bar heights for each Bugaboo stroller:
- 38″-44.5″ is the handle height on the Bugaboo Cameleon
- 38″-44.5″ is the handle height on the Bugaboo Bee
- 41.5″ is the fixed handle height on the Bugaboo Gecko (discontinued)
- 41.5″ is the fixed handle height on the Bugaboo Frog (discontinued)
- The board itself is 18 inches long and 12 inches at the widest point
- When in use the total length is 21 inches long because the back wheel does not lock- and swivels out when in use- increasing the length by 3 inches.
- 2 deep individual wells for each foot with traction ridges – inside each well is 8″ long
- For ages 3 and up
- 44 pound weight limit
- Compatible with the Bugaboo Bee, Cameleon, Frog and Gecko
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