This is a bit of a geek post.
Preparing for the little one we deep-dived into stroller research and also visited a lot of baby stores to test out the unit. We agree that $800 + tax for a new set is too much so we opted to look in the used market. In the end we picked up a 2009 Uppababy Vista stroller.
One issue we found was that the left brake was not working. Originally the brake lever on the right side locks both wheels at the same time. Toronto is not a hilly city so it wasn’t a big issue, but I just didn’t feel comfortable about it.
I did a lot of digging but could not find any solutions online. Many people say you need to replace the frame entirely. I decided to take a look for myself and also provide some info on how to repair this brake issue.
Opening up the left wheel hub and this is the locking pin with springs. The cable was intact.
I tried to pull on the extra cable and there was no tension, so there is a break in the line.
*Be careful not to pull this too far.*
Tracing it back I had to open up the right wheel hub…not sure if I can put it back.
The white piece pushes the locking pin for the right wheel and then pull on the cable assembly.
Here is the break, not sure if this is a common point for other units with similar issues.
Used the drill to remove the brass holder (gold piece), but the direction of the spring sleeve it won’t go back in!
Working with frayed cables and keeping the cable from slipping into the frame.
Try to enlarge the hole from the brass sleeve but still won’t fit back into the spring. #$@%^#^&%)*&!!
Ran to a local bike shop and got a few parts to do some patch work. This is a wheel spoke that fit the cable diameter.
Needed Carmen to tie the knot with her nimble fingers.
It was a tight stretch to fit all the locking pins together. I was worried the brakes would be engaged permanently and have to cut away some of the sleeving.
There was no tension adjuster for the cable. I was incredible lucky that the brake worked from the first time!
So hope this guide is helpful if you have a similar brake issue for your Uppababy Vista. I am not sure if the cable breakage is consistently in the same place but hope to give you an idea the construction and possible fix for this issue.
*UPDATE – 10/22/16*: After using it for 8 months, the brakes are still holding strong. In some cases, it takes a few nudges for both brakes to engage but it still feels very secure. Little Amber loves riding and napping in her stroller.