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We have been strolling with our Bumbleride Indie Twin since last summer. It’s been a sturdy and reliable stroller for nearly a year and is our go-to double stroller that we use almost daily. But there’s always room for improvement so Bumbleride made some changes to the 2010 models. Based on consumer feedback, Bumbleride made a few major and minor changes to the 2010 Indie and Indie Twin strollers.

Major Changes to 2010 Indie Strollers

The two major changes to the Indie Strollers for 2010 are a redesigned canopy to offer 9″ of additional sun coverage and a standard multi-use bar that transforms from an infant car seat adapter to bumper bar.

2010 Indie Canopy

When I first tried to compare the canopies I didn’t see much difference. The older model and newer model appear to be the same size when on the stroller. The difference is that the 2010 canopy can pull forward while the older model does not. And it really makes quite a difference, providing a ton of additional sun coverage.

Another change to the canopy is that the peek-a-boo window is now made of UV mesh rather than clear plastic. The window remains about the same size and now allows for better air flow and sun protection.

Read more about the new canopies on the Bumbleride blog.

Indie Multi-Use Bar

I don’t remember what it was like to use the stroller before we had the bumper bars. The children rest their hands on them, and they really seem a natural and necessary part of the stroller. The addition of the multi-use bars accounts for a $20 price increase over the 2009 model. I think the bars alone are worth the price change, not to mention the value of the other improvements.

As an infant adapter, the padding on the bar unzips to reveal a bar similar to what was included with the 2009 model. It’s  nice that now it can be used beyond the car seat stage.

Read more about the multi-use bars on the Bumbleride blog.

Minor Changes to the Bumbleride Indie

While categorized as minor changes, I think all these sound like they are valuable improvements to make the stroller more user-friendly.

  1. Handle adjuster button moved to inside of handle for more ergonomic feel. (2009 buttons are on the outside.)
  2. Footrest adjuster levers turned into buttons that are more quickly accessible. (2009 levers are a tad awkward, placed under the footrest.)
  3. Backrest adjuster changed from side squeeze to top squeeze.

2009 Bumbleride Indie Twin Review

To read the complete review of the 2009 Bumbleride Indie Twin, check out these posts:

Shop! The 2010 Bumbleride Indie Twin Strollerstroller is $679 and the 2010 Bumbleride Indie All Terrain Stroller is $459.

Disclosure: Thank you to Bumbleride for providing the 2010 accessories for the purpose of this post. Opinions are my own and uninfluenced by receipt of product. Others may have a different experience.
Kate

Kate

Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops three kids ages 7, 5 and 2 from their home in Germany. Her military family is making the most of the overseas assignment by traveling Europe every chance they get.

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  1. 1.
    christine roeske

    We have a 2009 Ruby Red Bumbleride Indie Twin and LOVE it…such a well-made and well-thought out stroller. Certainly worth the higher price tag.

    • .
      KateKate

      I love the Red color!

  2. 2.

    The sun canopy was one of my biggest complaints, I love to see that they fixed that. It has SOOO much more coverage. I love bumbleride.

    • .
      KateKate

      It really does have a lot more coverage – it’s very impressive now.

  3. 3.
    Amy

    I love the Red color!

  4. 4.
    Dave

    How does the bumbleride indie twin compare to the City Mini twin? is the ~$300 difference worth it?

    • .
      KateKate

      Hi Dave. I don’t have a City Mini Twin, but I have used a rented one on vacation so I can try to offer my perspective on the differences. I liked the City Mini quite a bit, but it isn’t nearly as substantial a stroller as the Bumbleride. The Bumbleride’s wheels are larger and better for uneven roads or sidewalks. In addition, the front wheels lock so you can jog with it.

      Both strollers fit through a door frame, but I believe the City Mini is shorter from front to back. It definitely feels smaller and I think the children have less room in it (although the City Mini has a 100 pound weight limit compared to the Indie Twin’s 90.)

      I hope that’s a little helpful! Good luck with your decision.

  5. 5.

    Canopy a minor change? That’s HUGE for me!!! I think that is one of the most important features for the stroller :) Now if we only had one… I can only drool ;)

  6. 6.
    Karen

    I noticed with the 2010 model, the Chicco Keyfit 30 is no longer on the list of compatible carseats. Do you know if it is possible to order the old carseat adaptor bar and use it on the 2010 model (maybe remove the bumper bar from 1 seat)?

  7. 7.
    joanna

    I have had the indie since 2008 and I had a great experience so I didn’t think twice about the $700.00+ price tag of the Indie Twin when I was expecting my second son. Purchased the INDIE TWIN on June 28, 2010. Didn’t use till end of August 2010 after my second son was born. Used it every couple of days, jogging, walking going to stores, no problems. It stayed in the trunk of my car and in the garage. I went on a family vacation this past August (2011) and took the stroller with me. Didn’t think anything of it because I took the Indie with me the two previous years (on the exact same vacation) I took the stroller on the beach, but NOWHERE close to any water. When I came home the entire thing was rusted. Rusted to the point that the wheels won’t turn. The snaps on the seats where my children sit are rusted, the piece to recline the seat is rusted, the screws on the handlebar, the foot rest.. The entire stroller! This is after a trip that was less than 1 week!
    I contacted the company and I quote, “We recommend always wiping down your stroller after it gets wet and take proper maintenance procedures to ensure the quality of the stroller.” Ok, so whenever it rains wipe it down, and if you live near water don’t bring it anywhere near.
    So my advice to all of you is to stay away from bumbleride bc if this happens to your stroller, your out of luck!

  8. 8.
    Minch

    I absolutely love my Bumbleride Indie, I purchased it in 2010 when my first child was born. Unfortunately, like Joanna, my stroller is completely rusted after a vacation on the beach. My friend had a cheap 50$ stroller and hers did not rust but mine is rusted everywhere. Its disapointing as i’ve always been super careful with my stroller.

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