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Have old style Bee on hold in local charity shop for improbable price. Is potentially heaven sent as my beloved iCandy Apple's wheel has just gone and we were wondering if it was worth repairing a massive heavy pushchair for a toddler.
So. The Bee. It looks well used, fabrics are stained but hopefully washable. What problems should I look out for? Will it be OK for a small-for-his-age 16mo for a year or so?
And how will I bear the suspense of finding out if they've REALLY held it for me till Monday...?
Fine. DD1 was about the same age when I got one (also have an apple!) and we got a couple of years out of it. It's on round two now and you can bet she'll be hitching a lift when the cocoon is out of it.
Check the handle extends and holds up ok ...doesn't not lock say mid height I know some of the earlier models had this problem ( hauling up pavements etc) wonderful price hope you get it and yes the fabric does scrub up ok ....
Mine brake was like that but with a good kick it held ok. If you contact Bigaboo direct they were very helpful with sending parts ok mine were in the guarantee but they were great...Well done what a bargain !
If you search online for Bugaboo spare parts there's a couple of sites that sell them. I think Buggy pit stop are one. The Facebook Bugaboo forums are great for picking up spare parts too. People are constantly breaking Bugaboos up and selling them. Just makes sure of who you are buying from and use a Paypal account as Goods to protect yourself.
Might be a bit too late but just in case it might be helpful to others I too bought a second hand bugaboo with the same problem, hood clamp broken and was told by the Bugaboo authorised service center that it would cost £62 for parts and labour plus another £30 for pickup and delivery. Buggy pitstop said the part would be £36 plus £25 labour, so about the same but with the option of pitstop drop off.
Anyway, I was able to find the part on eBay, buy it now for £25 with free delivery, and it just snaps into place so easy to repair yourself with two flat head screwdrivers to lever the old one out. The search term I used was "bugaboo bee outer hood clamp" and make sure you get the right one! There are four hood clamps and they are all different depending on whether they are left or right (check their definition of left or right too - are you facing or pushing the pushchair? Is the seat world or parent facing?) and whether they are inner or outer.
Once you've installed the part, make sure the elastic bits on your hood fabric are working and that you strap the hood on properly. I reckon the original hood clamp snapped because the elastic had broken on the hood, causing the rod to come out a bit and exert pressure on the weakest part of the clamp when the previous owner tried to open/close the hood.