Guest Blogpost – Malcolm Johnson & Kira Hoffman – Writer & Biologist Q+A

March 14th, 2018

Malcolm Johnson Bumbleride Guest Blogpost Q and A

Q+ A with Malcolm Johnson & Kira Hoffman

Writer at Patagonia & Biologist


What does a typical weekend look like for your family?

I have good flexibility with my work hours, and Kira does too, so we try to get out in the water every day of the week. We definitely embrace the “Let My People Go Surfing” philosophy. Weekends are that much better though, because there’s more time to go have fun together as a family. If the waves are good, we’ll go down to C Street in the morning with the stroller and take turns surfing while the other one walks our little guy along the foot path. If the waves aren’t so good, we’ll usually head to Solimar or Pierpont beach and post up with friends and a sun tent. Then it’s home for a nap, and since it usually gets windy in the afternoons in Ventura we’ll go inland and get out on one of the trails up in Ojai. The Speed is really rugged, so it works great on the dirt trails in the river preserve.

Kira Hoffman Check Baby Pre-Surf

Has your commitment to the environment changed since becoming a dad?

It’s deepened for sure. I’ve always been passionate about environmental and wilderness issues, but once you have a kid it just seems to hit you so much harder. I think a lot about what the world is going to be like for our son as he grows up. So many of the environmental problems we’re facing are avoidable—we just have to start making better choices, both personally and collectively, and we probably need to start making some bigger sacrifices too. Not buying things we don’t need, not being so reliant on toxic and throwaway products, and reducing carbon footprints as much as possible. I want there to be clean air to breathe, good food to eat and clean rivers to drink from when he’s our age. That’s what is really motivating me these days.

What do you look for when purchasing baby gear for your family?

I probably get my perspective on baby gear from working at Patagonia, where there’s a lot of focus on durability, less harmful materials and reducing consumption. Kira is a passionate thrifter, so we’ve gotten almost all of our baby gear at second-hand stores or as hand-me-downs from friends. For the new things we buy, we go for items that are reusable and as non-toxic as possible, like glass bottles and food containers instead of plastic ones. In terms of gear, we’re always looking for things that are well built, won’t fall apart, and help us get out as a family to do the things we love. The Speed definitely falls into that category. We’ve got our boy a baby lifejacket, a bike seat and a good carrier backpack, so we’re pretty set for adventuring now.

Which is your favorite feature of the Speed? What about your little one’s favorite feature?

I love how sturdy it is and how nicely it rolls on different kinds of terrain—we’ve had it on pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads, and it always feels like he’s getting a smooth ride and not bouncing around. We live close to Ventura High School, so we’ll go do some laps on their track sometimes too when we want to run. You get some odd looks running laps with a stroller, but it’s fun and keeps us fit. Our kid always seems super content in the Speed, so I’d guess his favorite feature is that it gets him outside where he can look at trees, cars, clouds and all the other outside things that seem to fascinate him. He’s a really curious dude and he loves to get out of the house.

Anything we can improve on Speed’s next version?
The zippered pocket up by the handle could be a touch bigger. And then maybe a version with bears or dinosaurs on the canopy. Most of our boy’s shirts and onesies have dinosaurs, so he’d probably be pretty stoked if his ride did too.


Follow Malcolm on Instagram @malcolmrjohnson

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Malcolm and Kira received a Speed stroller in exchange for their photos and honest opinion.



New Baby New World Sweepstakes

March 6th, 2018

Bumbleride giveaway

The Hello World Sweepstakes is live and we want you to win! Our friends at Babybjörn, Cool Mom Picks, Eco by Naty, Happiest Baby, Heymama, Little Unicorn and Tea Collection picked everything you need to bring home baby including an Indie all terrain stroller!

Enter here. Open to US & Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Ends 3/20.

Run She Is Beautiful 2018

January 19th, 2018


Join the Run She Is Beautiful 5k and 10k in Santa Cruz, CA on March 17th or in Santa Barbara, CA on September, 22nd, 2018. Course flair, inspirational sayings, and overall goodtime. Whether this is your FIRST race or your 100th, you will be encouraged AND celebrated! ALL LEVELS!

Walk, run, walk, jog or push a stroller in the Bumbleride Baby Mama Division. The winning runners of each 5 and 10k bumbleride division race will win a new Speed Jogging Stroller!

RSIB believes creating a stronger self physically manifests into a stronger self in all areas of your life and we can’t support that mission enough. Here’s to strong legs, smart girls, and celebrating yourself and just how awesome you are!

Want more? Don’t forget to check out their annual yoga event each July and their year round Mileage Club (think swag, discounts, and motivation/inspiration)! 

Learn more about Run She Is Beautiful here.

Thank You

January 17th, 2018

Thank You Bumbleride Family

Dear Bumbleride Family,

As a family owned business, we highly value family. It’s not only our own Bumbleride family, but seeing Bumbleride families around the world like yours continue to grow.

We are honored that our products play a part in making those fun and exciting adventures possible.

As the year begins we want to let you know how much we appreciate your continued support and recommendations to friends and family.

Looking back on 2017, our team has been busy not only with the addition of 3 new little “Bumbleriders”, Paloma, Graham and Savvy, but with increasing our production to meet another year of record demand for Bumbleride products.

Another exciting milestone is in 2017 we hit a recycling record. Moving our products to 100% RPET has resulted in more than 500,000 post consumer water bottles being recycled and repurposed for our fabric. To put it into perspective that’s 13 dump trucks of water bottles that have been kept out of landfills, parks and our oceans. We look forward to exploring new ways to do our best to preserve the planet we all share.

We understand that you have many options in the marketplace and are grateful that you’ve made Bumbleride the choice for your active eco-minded family. Stay tuned for some exciting new releases from Bumbleride in 2018.

We love to see your Bumbleriders. #Bumbleride for a chance to be featured.

Thank you.

Matt & Emily (Founders) and the entire Bumbleride Team

We Need Your Vote! – Indie Twin Named Finalist In 2018 Cribsie Awards – Best Double Stroller

December 4th, 2017

Thanks to amazing Bumbleride family members like yourselves, Indie Twin has been nominated a Finalist for Best Double Stroller in the 2018 Cribsie Awards by Stroller Traffic and TheBabyGuyNYC.  Now we need your vote to take gold! Vote Here.

Thank you so much for your votes and nominations!!

10 Best Baby Strollers – – Best Eco Stroller

October 31st, 2017

{Excerpted from} …In those early days, the only thing getting between your newborn and the open road ahead of him is how to get around. You might use an infant car seat or baby carrier to help your little one begin navigating the great big world. But as those first few pounds begin to start coming on, those tiny legs begin to wiggle and kick, and the gear you need for outings begins piling up, a stroller will make transporting your child from home to his next adventure so much simpler. What is the best stroller to buy for your baby? It really depends on your family’s needs. But you can start narrowing in on what will work for you with our top picks, which we chose with input from our What to Expect community moms, who have spent years taking them for a spin and know what models will truly go the distance

Best Eco Stroller – Bumbleride Indie

It’s just a fact. When along comes baby, along comes all of baby’s things — the diapers, bottles, clothes, toys and on and on. For parents trying to keep their family footprint to a minimum, it can be truly a challenge. But the Bumbleride Indie is doing its part to help. The all-terrain favorite among moms and dads is designed with eco-friendly polyester fabric, which is made from recycled water bottles (up to 28 per stroller!). Plus, the company’s textile-dying method seeks to conserve gallons of water in the process. What you gain in feeling great about your purchase, you also don’t lose in the quality. What to Expect community member cmz2015 says, “It’s a fantastic stroller. It’s so easy to maneuver, it’s lightweight and the fabric is fantastic. It’s very well-made, sturdy and durable — and quite aesthetically appealing. I’ve had numerous compliments on it.” She says she also appreciates that, even if you choose not to use the bassinet, the seat lays completely flat, which makes it suitable for newborns (but not for jogging — only do that with your baby once your pediatrician gives you the thumbs-up).

Read the whole Best Baby Strollers article at

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Do What You Love – Francesco Perri – Bumbleride Speed

October 2nd, 2017

Ultra Runner

Mountain Dad

Bumbleride Adventurer, Francesco Perri


You’re an Ultra Runner.  That’s super impressive.  Tell us about how your training has changed since becoming a Dad.

My wife and I have two children; a four year old boy and two year old girl. Having them has certainly made it difficult to get in the miles and time that I would like to. I’ve learned to incorporate them in my training as much as possible to make sure I’m still getting in quality time with them. So that means I’m often taking my daughter out in my Bumbleride  Speed for some quick road miles or I’m taking them both on short hikes in the mountains. I’ve also learned to try to get a run in whenever I can whether that’s early in the morning before everyone is up or at night after the kids have finally gone to bed.

What is your mindset when running with kids vs. running all on your own?

When I run with my daughter, my mindset is to get some quick road miles. I try not to be out for more than 90 minutes so my daughter doesn’t get restless.  She actually loves hanging out in the Speed so she’s pretty much always a good sport about it. I also make sure to have a few different treats to make sure to keep her happy. So that’s the big difference when I’m running with my daughter; I’m focused on trying to keep her happy. Running on my own is of course different because I don’t need to worry about keeping anyone else happy. It’s great to get out though either way.

Give some tips for parents that need that nudge to get back out on the road/trail for a run, whether it’s with or without your kids.

I was really worried before we had kids that I would have to sacrifice my love of running for them. I decided I then needed to share my love of getting out with them. I’ve started both of them off very young; getting them in the Bumbleride or putting them in my pack to get on the trails. I’ve noticed that my kids love to be outside, they love to explore the world. Get them out with you even if it’s for a short jog around the block. Being a parent is super stressful so you need that time to exercise so you can blow off steam and be more focused when you’re with your kids. I’d also suggest getting your kids on trails if you have anything close by. Let them get out in nature. They’ll love it and you’ll get to spend some great time with them.

“In running some gnarly climbs and fast descents, it was great handling both.  I loved it.”

Learn more about Francesco here.

Learn more about Speed here.

She Is Beautiful 5k & 10k Recap

September 27th, 2017

Congratulations to all of the participants and Bumbleride Baby Mama Division Winners in the She Is Beautiful 5 & 10k! We had such a fun weekend supporting such an inspiring group of women and young ladies. Thank you Sara, Melissa, Jenny and Mary for such an amazing event! Enjoy some of our race photos below and we hope you can join us next year in Santa Cruz or Santa Barbara!

Learn more about She Is Beautiful here.

Learn more about our Speed jogging stroller here.

Bumbleride Baby Mama Division 5k & 10k Winners with their new Speed Jogging Strollers!

Jenny warming up the crowd. Thank you Jenny!

Love the decorations! Another Bumbleride Speed in Matte Black spotted in the race!

2016 5k Baby Mama Division Winner, Claudio Nino, finishing the race with two riders! So great to see you again Claudia!!

The amazing Jenny Schatzle finishing the race (from birth to 5k!) with her new twins Hope & Haven!

Our own co-founder, Emily Reichardt, also ran in the race! Awesome work Emily!

Do What You Love – Elaina Bellis

September 7th, 2017

Freelance Art Director

Twin Mama

Bumbleride Adventurer, Elaina Bellis


How has your role as an art director and model evolved since becoming a mama to twins?

My role as an Art Director has been pushed to the back burner for now since becoming a mother! My role as a model has become much more busy since becoming a mother of twins! So many people want to shoot the girls with me! It’s so much fun!!!

What activities fill your cup with gratitude?  How has your perspective changed since becoming a parent?

I am an avid hiker! Being with nature fills my heart with joy and gratitude going into each day. I guess if I am able to go hiking now with twins, I feel lucky that I am getting time to myself to be able to do it! I don’t get a lot of solo time anymore! So I am super grateful when I do!

As a busy mom of young twins, when do you find time to do things for yourself and how do you keep that a constant?

James is really good about letting me get time to do yoga, hike, or go for a run! Also, each week we both get a night off to hang with our friends! We are also really lucky to have family who are kind enough to watch the girls so we can have date nights from time to time! I always feel like when I really need some “me” time I am able to have it! I am lucky!!!

“This is seriously the best stroller EVER! A game changer for our family!!!!!”

Learn more about Elaina in her Adventurer Profile.

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Do What You Love – Tristan Prettyman

August 8th, 2017

Singer, Songwriter

Mama Health Nut

Bumbleride Adventurer, Tristan Prettyman


Your life motto is “WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY, DO THAT!”  Tell us a little more about how this has evolved since becoming a parent? 

This became especially true when I became a parent. Having a child changes your whole world. Everyone tells you how fast it goes by. One minute they’re born, the next they’re turning 2. I felt a lot of pressure (from myself) to go back to music, and then also to spend as much time with my son, and to cook, and clean, and run errands and workout, be a wife and to hold it all together. I think most moms feel that pressure to do it all. It just got the point, I finally realized. Whatever makes you happy in any given moment, do that. You can do whatever you want. For me, that’s be a mom, be a musician (maybe not today or right now, but in the future, it’s always there as an option if that is what brings me happiness. I can also try out a new career (health coaching) and see where that goes and what that is like. Or, I can spend my day cooking, sleeping, taking 30 min to go sit outside and read my Kindle, go for a long beach walk with Kylo. My motto is really a constant reminder for myself, that I always have a choice to choose what makes me happy and it doesn’t matter what anyone else is saying or doing. You always have that choice to change and create your ideal reality, to make the most of a situation, or see things from a different point of view. You might have a whole list of errands to do, and then be like, “You know what? That’s not really what I’m feeling today.” You can put yourself and your family first, you can say no, you can cancel plans, you can stop saying yes to things/people that aren’t serving or adding to your life. And when you start doing that you free up time for things like hanging out with your kid, your husband, having a quiet night at home.

I know I am never going to look back and regret we ate frozen waffles and berries for dinner, because I didn’t make it to the super market. Our lives move at a lightning pace these days. It’s becoming hard to slow down. We get so caught up in doing all these things, but are they really bringing us happiness? Are they really a higher priority than our families? I want to get back to prioritizing that sacred time with my family, so I am always trying to find the balance. By remembering what is important and reminding myself that I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do, I can create happiness in each moment.

How do you see music and song writing play a role in your life now as a mom?

Right now, I am learning just about every lullaby and kids song. We sing every night before bed. I have a song that I sing to him that I made up when he was about 6 months old and now it’s our song. It’s called “Every day I love you.” I actually just learned to play my first song on the ukulele: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! Ha. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play ukulele. My mom comes over and plays ukulele and sings Hawaiian songs to Kylo.  He loves it. So now I know one song on the uke, and you know how kids are with repetition…it’s perfect, he always requests that one and sings along with me.  As far as getting back to my music, I’ve been building a home studio. It should be done in a couple months, so I am stoked to have my own space to create. Right now our house is too little. I need complete alone time when I’m creating, otherwise I get super self-conscious.

You’re a Health Coach too?  How do you juggle all of your passions and integrate them into Kylo’s life while also finding time for yourself?

I honestly have no idea. I feel like I am constantly over-booked and overwhelmed. Ha. It’s not as pretty, easy and effortless as it seems! By nature I am super creative and fly by the seat of my pants. I’m a totally procrastinator and I like to live in the moment. So it’s not in my nature to be really organized. Health coaching has been challenging in that way, figuring out my schedule, and when to book clients. and then how to fill in the blanks around that, and make sure I prioritize my family. I just try to stay in the flow and go with the flow and be flexible. I think that is the key to parenting and life in general. Expectations can lead to feeling let down, or overwhelmed. So I try to just have zero expectations, and yoga. I try to get to yoga 3 times a week, which definitely helps with all of the above.

When I was pregnant I became really conscious of what I was eating and nourishing my body with. I knew I couldn’t control much: my pregnancy, delivery, sleepless nights, etc. but I could control what I was eating. Being conscious of what I was eating, and giving my body the cleanest, healthiest, most nutrient dense building materials for the growing baby inside me seemed like a no brainer! I ended up making all of Kylo’s baby food and make all his food (with the help of meal prepping) to this day. I posted a lot of what I was making and had a lot of moms asking me to share my tips and tricks, so that’s kind of when I realized there was an opportunity to help other moms cut down on cooking time, and find healthier options that their kids would still eat.

“I love this company, their mission, their standards, their values & all their eco friendliness. Baby gear don’t get more sustainable than this.”

Learn more about Tristan in her Adventurer Profile.

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