If you've got a baby or toddler in NYC, chances are you have a stroller (or two or three). When my son was young, our stroller got plenty of wear and tear up and down subway stairs, across potholes, and through muddy parks, snowy streets and rainstorms. It also pulled double-duty as a grocery cart, coat rack and, when strapped, a diaper changing table.
While heavy-duty strollers are built to withstand a fair amount of abuse, if you're using your wheels every day, parts inevitably break. Do you really want to trash that $1,000 stroller because the frame bent or the tire popped off? We didn't think so.
For simple repairs like a blown tire, you can try your local bike shop (many handle minor fixes and may even stock standard stroller-size inner tubes and other small parts). But for more advanced assistance, we've found five New York City services that specialize in stroller repair so your family can get rolling again.
Albee Baby – Upper West Side
715 Amsterdam Avenue at 95th Street
This family-owned clothing and gear store has been around since 1933. No appointment is necessary for stroller repairs and most fixes are done on site right away, unless a special part needs to be ordered. One downside: Albee's doesn't provide loaners while your stroller is in the shop.
Heights Kids – Brooklyn Heights
85 Pineapple Walk near Henry Street
This large boutique carries lots of baby and children's items, and is also an authorized Maclaren repair center, which is great since the brand's longtime Soho store closed in 2014. The staff handles small fixes on other stroller brands, too, as long as no major parts need to be ordered and replaced. No appointment is necessary.
Stroller Spa – Manhattan & Brooklyn
Although the Cobble Hill shop has now closed, this national service still offers stroller repair for families in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The main focus here seems to be cleaning, however, brake and tire repair, rust removal, handlebar foam re-wrap and fabric/upholstery mending is also offered.
The Tot Squad – Manhattan
Formerly known as CleanBeeBaby, this mobile cleaning service works out of a number of Manhattan and one Brooklyn locations and also offers stroller repair for Bugaboo and other brands. There are different levels of servicedepending on what you need done, everything from quick cleanings to tune-ups to repairing broken parts. A $25 assessment fee is charged for all brands besides Bugaboo, and then a price quote is given.
This post was originally published on August 14, 2012.