But never fear – Walkingmama is here to help! Just follow these two tips to make your life easier. And remember, a little arm workout never killed anybody 😉 Your arms might even benefit from it!
2 ways of taking the corners with a jogging stroller
OK, so you’ve basically got two options on how to get that fixed-wheel stroller where you want to go – and a little warning: neither will feel that natural at first! When you’ve got a swivel front wheel, you push into the front wheel(s) so that it grips the ground and turns. With a fixed-wheel stroller, you’ve got to either:
1. lift the front wheel and spin on the back wheels or;
2. twist the stroller so that it turns without any of the wheels leaving the ground.
Making big turns, like corners, can be quite a challenge – you’ll need to use your upper body strength to push down on the handlebar and lift the front wheel off the ground, pivoting on the back wheels. For big turns or with heavier kids, it might be easier for you to push down with your forearms instead. Just make sure that your kids are sitting back all the way – you want to finish the turn with the kid still in the stroller!
For smaller or more gradual turns, you won’t always have to lift the front wheel off the ground. Just push from the right to turn left, and from the left to turn right. Simple! This is great for making gradual turns along curvy paths through parks or woods, or for around obstacles you can see coming. Note: This is much easier when you’re running so up your pace and get turning!