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Umbrella type strollers are great for traveling.  They take up little space, and can quickly be setup and collapsed.  The downside is that if you are of above average height, even just a little, they are a pain to use.  Either you walk like a hunchback, or you constantly kick the wheels and activate the breaks.  

After dealing with it long enough, I decided to see what I could come up with.  I wanted something cheap, and easy to disassemble so it wouldn't affect the portability of the stroller.  I came up with two different handle designs.  It cost less than a dollar more to make both, so it's worthwhile to be able to test both and see which suits you more.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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These are the materials I used, however, different stroller models will likely have different needs.  Use this list to get a general idea of what you will need.  I used 3/4 PVC because that's what fit the handles of my stroller. I stuck with 3/4 throughout as I figured it'd make a stiffer handle. It is easy to switch from 3/4 to 1/2, or 1/2 to 3/4 if needed.  The best way to determine what suits you best is to wheel your stroller into a hardware store and start testing different fittings.  

Velcro Ties - $4.99
PVC Cement - $3.38
1 - 3/4 PVC 5' - $1.49
1 - 3/4 Self Seal foam pipe insulation - $1.50
1 - 3/4 PVC Tee - $0.33
1 - 3/4 PVC Cap -  $0.39
2 - 3/4 PVC Snap Tee - $1.32 - Basically a tee with the bottom cut off to allow snapping onto a piece of pipe.
2 - 3/4 PVC Threaded/Slip Elbow - $0.91


Most folks probably have these on hand, or can borrow them for an afternoon.  

Hacksaw - for cutting the PVC to length
Utility Knife - for cutting insulation
Sharpie - for marking stuff

Not pictured - Tape Measure - for measuring stuff
Kristin115188 months ago
This is absolutely incredible!!! I've been researching handle extenders for my grocery cart (you know, those granny carts everyone uses in NYC?) and this is perfect. I'm so excited i can hardly wait for the hardware store to open tomorrow morning. :)
spikes.D9 months ago
Thanks so much for posting this. This was so easy to do!!
aheadra4 years ago
good stuff!
bspinella4 years ago
THIS IS AWESOME! I love my umbrella stroller, but being 5'11", I kick the stuffings out of the wheels!! This is wonderful, I love using PVC.

I'm definitely using this!! Thanks!

And great Instructable!
DanteDante4 years ago
I have been wanting to do something like this to my stroller for so long, it's shocking, SHOCKING, that it never occurred to me to use PVC. I had no idea that the snap tees even existed until now. Well done indeed! And nicely documented, too.
Mrballeng4 years ago
Clever. You could also add lower handles for when little brother or sister want to help push. Good thinking.
neuropol (author)  Mrballeng4 years ago
Yeah, simply switching the base to the bottom side of the stroller handles would make a kid friendly handle. Good Idea.