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If you have any questions about our reviews or would like your product reviewed at Two Wheeling Tots, please email Natalie by clicking here.  We do not accept payment for any reviews, but are affiliates of many retailers who sell the products that we do review.


About Natalie

As a mountain biking mother of a 4th, 2nd grader, preschooler, as well as a wife of an avid mountain biking junkie (seriously at one point his bike was worth more money than my car), bikes have been a part of our family for years.  My journey with biking products for kids, began in 2010.  I was interested in purchasing a balance bike for my daughter and began doing research.

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From the start I quickly learned that the majority of balance bike reviews on Amazon and other websites had one major flaw, they very rarely reviewed the bikes themselves, but rather reviewed the concept of a balance bike instead.  The problem lied in the fact that parents rarely had two different balance bikes to compare and therefore simply raved about their kids learning to balance rather than the bikes themselves.  As a result, I was more determined than ever to research the best balance bikes around.  So after countless hours of bike riding, numerous phone calls and emails to distributors and manufacturers and one trip to Interbike, I posted my first review about balance bikes on www.aperfectplayroom.com in 2010.

Little did I know then, that my review would garner so much attention.  As a result, when it came time to update my reviews I wanted to do it right.  So starting in 2012, not only did I contact the manufacturers for information, I asked for and received demo bikes so I could truly compare the brands.  In the end, I compiled over 16 bikes and after countless bike rides, I truly learned (and lived) through the good, the bad and the ugly of balance bikes.  I also expanded into other toddler related bike equipment such as helmets and bike seats to help provide additional information for families.  I created Two Wheeling Tots to provide a space for my in-depth reviews as well as to provide links to website where products can be purchased and offer personalized balance bikes suggestions.


About Dani

Dani is another reader turned contributor.  As an avid cyclist with kids, she has been a remarkable resource for learning in’s and out’s of trailers as shown in her detailed comparison of the Burley D’lite vs. the Thule Cougar.

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“I’m an avid road cyclist and SAHM of two kids, ages 2.5 and 5. It can be hard to find time to get out on my bike by myself, so I have to find ways to take the kids with me! We commute 9 miles by bike to preschool three times a week, so the kids are used to be cozy together in a bike trailer.

As soon as my oldest was ready for a balance bike, I knew I wanted to do my research to find the best one for her. Two Wheeling Tots gave me all the information I needed and made it much easier to narrow down our search. When it was time for my daughter to move on to a pedal bike, Natalie again saved the day and pointed us in the direction of the best bike for us—and we love it! I’m excited to live close enough to Natalie to be able to contribute to this fabulous site and hopefully help parents find the best bike gear for them and their kids.”


About Lisa

Lisa is a reader, turned contributor.  With her passion for biking with kids, her attention to detail and her desire to share, I knew she would be a great addition to our team.  You can see Lisa’s amazing work on her review of the Burley Piccolo trailer bike, the Trail Gator and the Trailer Bike Buying Guide.

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“I’ve loved bicycling ever since I was a kid riding around my neighborhood on my beach cruiser with its awesome 80s-style banana seat. I’ve passed along that love of biking to my kids, ages 7, 4, and 2. We relocated from Dallas, Texas, to bike-crazy Seattle, Washington, in late 2013, and since then, our family riding has really taken off. These days, we bike almost daily, to and from school, work, activities, and errands. Since biking is less of a hobby and more of a serious mode of transportation for us, having the right gear is really important, but it is hard to find unbiased, comparative information. So I was really happy to stumble across the Two Wheeling Tots site. In my opinion, this is the best place on the Internet for researching all things kids and bikes! Now I’m excited to give back and share our experiences with other biking families.”


FAQ’s (written by Natalie)

Will this bike work for my son?  Would you recommend this bike seat for my two-year-old?

If I haven’t answer your question in my reviews, feel free to email me using the link given above.  As I spend my days chasing three kids around, often times it takes me a couple of days to get back to you, so please be patient with me!

But my local bike shop said this…

A local bike shop is a great place to go to get more information about bike products (much better than a toy store or a big box chain!), however, their knowledge is often limited to the brands they carry.  I suggest you bring me along, show them my comparison charts, and then see what they have to say.  Read our article, Bike Shop Bikes vs. Online Bikes, for a better understanding as why the kid’s line in bike shops isn’t necessarily the best bikes available.

Why do you often rate the more expensive products the highest?

Often, but not always, the more expensive brands have more features and are simply better built, and hence receive higher ratings.  However, I do realize that everyone’s budget is different, which is why I include MSRP’s in my comparisons charts to help you a product that fits your budget.  As a mom myself, I completely understand that getting the best for your dollar, often means not getting the best overall.

Do you get paid to write your reviews?

I do not accept payment for reviews and all opinions expressed are that of the review’s author.   For some reviews, manufacturers provide sample bikes and/or equipment for testing, but we never sell products provided to us after the review is complete.

How do you make money off this site?

The site makes money off of affiliate links.  The majority of links on this site are affiliate links and if a reader clicks purchase anything from the site that an affiliate link goes to, I get a 3% to 8% referral fee.  Two Wheeling Tots is an affiliate of Amazon, WOOM Bikes, WeeBikeSHop, REI, Priority Bicycles, Chain Reaction Cycles, Walmart, Target, BikeShopHub and Cruzee.com.

You have a typo on this page…  This link doesn’t work…

I admit, I am a terrible proof reader!  But considering most of my writing is done between the hours of 11 PM and 2 AM (when my kids are finally all asleep), me and my mommy brain are doing our best.

Will you review my product?

If it is related to bikes and toddlers (or babies) then most likely yes, but with a warning.  Often times it takes me months to write reviews.  Once I receive a product, I test it out with multiple kids in multiple locations to get the overall feel for it.  Then in order to write a comparative review, I then test those same kids on a different product to see if it is kids or the product that may have issues.  After that, its pictures, editing and writing, but more importantly, being a mom.

If you have any questions about my reviews or would like your product reviewed at Two Wheeling Tots, please email me by clicking here.

 Two Wheeling Tots LLC s a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.  We are also an affiliate of several other bike retailers including Amazon, WOOM Bikes, WeeBikeSHop, REI, Priority Bicycles, Chain Reaction Cycles, Walmart, Target, BikeShopHub and Cruzee.com . 

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: March 11, 2017

  • sum

    i just made my 2nd purchase of bike based on your reviews. I really am impressed that you would put so much effort to help other parents out without getting much funds for it. We greatly appreciate it.

    • Thanks so much, I really appreciate it. I have had several offers to turn this site into a retail store (which would make good money), but I’d rather just help when I can and have more time to spend with my kids before they get too old!

  • Vidya

    I see y velo balance bikes are very popular in our San Jose west neighborhood. Please consider reviewing these too. I would like to know what you think of them. Thank you!

    • I have recently heard a lot of great things about them, so we are planning on reviewing them in a couple months. My only previously complaint was the lack of seat adjustments, but several readers said that it wasn’t an issue for them. Plus, Two Wheeling Tots was born and raised in south San Jose as was I :). Missing the ‘ole hood, but with three kids it got way to expensive, so we moved away in 2013. Thanks for reaching out.

  • Candess

    This website is amazing and you are an awesome mom!! Thank you for putting this together 🙂

    • Thanks! I really appreciate it 🙂

  • Christopher Maguire

    Just found this site today. It’s awesome! The prices (on the bike comparison page) seem a bit out of date. I wonder if perhaps there’s some way for the public to contribute to keeping them (and other specs?) updated.

    Along with everyone else, I’m impressed with and grateful for the amount of work you have put into the site. If there was a button to click on to send you $10 or $20 as a thank you, I would click it.

    • Yes! I am always grateful when readers point out incorrect information, so please, feel free to list any mistakes that you come across! I admit, it is really hard trying to keep everything up to date on the site, especially since companies rarely tell me when they are changing their prices or products. Plus, thanks so much for letting me know how much you appreciate the site. Right now I don’t have a donate page, but perhaps I should consider it. Then again, the best thank you I could receive is a referral.

  • Norman D

    Hi from Scotland! I found your review on “why not to buy 12″ wheel bikes” and found it very helpful. Thanks. At that point I’d already bought a Ridgeback MX12 as my son was only 3 1/2 but was ready to move on from his balance bike. He actually liked it a lot, but we then quickly moved on to a 14″ wheel and then to a Frog 48 which he LOVES! I think Frog are a UK company, similar in ethos to Isla Bikes but available in shops (certainly in UK you can only buy Isla Bikes online). You’re probably aware, but I think Frog are in the process of launching in the US (https://www.frogbikes.de/press/press-releases/frog-launch-in-the-us.aspx ) and I’d definitely recommend having a look at them (though to be clear, I have nothing to do with the company, other than being a happy customer!). Thanks again. Norm

    • Yes, Frog bikes are coming to the US! I was actually able to meet with them in person at a bike show last month and was able to see many of their bikes. They are great! We will be reviewing their 24″ in the next month and hopefully their 20″ come Spring. Since they are currently only in a handful of shops, they won’t be readily available in the US for quite a while, but I am excited to help get the word out!

  • Jana Claeys Sanchez

    Thanks for making such an informative website! I looked at your site when purchasing balance bikes a couple of years ago and am now looking again for information before purchasing 16″ pedal bikes. I have twin four year olds, a three year old and a newborn. I will, most likely, need to buy three of each size bike with only one being passed down. For the 16″, I need to stay in the $150 dollar range. I plan on buying two 16″ bikes now and another within the year. The two bikes that I need to purchase now are for a 43″ tall/18″ inseam and boy and a 41″ tall/18″ inseam boy. Have you looked at the Kazam 16″ pedal bike. The Bike is 19lbs with a 21 to 24″ seat height. I am also looking at the Diamondback that you have reviewed, but I keep coming back to the weight of the Kazam. I am unsure if the ergonomics of the bike look good and don’t want to make a bad purchase. Does it look like a bike worth trying? Or any other suggestions? Jana

    • Glad to help. Between the Diamondback and the Kazam, I prefer the Diamondback, as I have tested it out and know it to be a good bike. I have seen the Kazam in person, but it was at a trade show and didn’t have the chance to see a child ride it. It is lighter and the overall geometry of the bike appear to be the same, but without seeing them side-by-side, it is hard to know for sure.

  • Sandy

    Hi Natalie,
    Thank you so much for your amazing website! Based on your previous recommendation for the Frog balance bike my daughter is now ready to upgrade to pedals and I’ve narrowed it down to Woom 3 (with or without 2 speed automatix), or Spawn Banshee.

    We’ve been camping a lot lately, so some trails are involved and I wanted to get a bike that was versatile since our city roads and side walks are pretty banged up. She likes to go fast on her balance bike; but I don’t know if that’s considered aggressive but she does like bumping into sidewalks and running over things. We’d like for her to get on some longer paved trails (once she learns) without having to spin her wheels too much. Which would you recommend for a first 16″ bike? She is almost 4, 42″ tall, 17.5″ inseam, and fits in 5T pants.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I posted on the old website a week ago but I don’t see it so I’m posting again. TIA

    • Sandy, Thanks for reposting and sorry that your comment went missing. A few comments did get lost in the process. All three bikes you mention are amazing, but different. If you are looking for a good trail bike, I would go for the Spawn. If the trails are well groomed compact dirt trails, the WOOM would do just fine, but it does have a more upright geometry than the Spawn, which isn’t ideal for aggressive riding. The Automatix on the WOOM will come in handy to prevent her from spinning her wheels. My 4.5 in 5T has the WOOM3 with the Automatix and from watching him ride, it’s pretty clear he would be spinning a lot if he only had one gear, so I would rule out the non-automatix version. Hope that helps!

      • Sandy

        Hi Natalie,
        Thanks so much for the response. I actually ordered a Woom 3 Automatix and then scored a preowned Spawn Banshee so I cancelled the order. Little one is turning 4 in a weeks time and she’s off on the Banshee; I can’t even keep up with her. So to give a little feedback on the Spawn, we took the wheels off and let her use it as a balance bike since she seemed to struggle at first (and I was kicking myself for cancelling the Woom order) but after two weeks of getting used to the bigger size bike we put the wheels back on and she’s a rockstar now!!! Great little bike. She’s very rough with it too and it’s makes for less worry since it’s a used bike and now gives me some relief in cancelling the Woom order as well. I’ll def be back when it’s time to move to a 20″ or 24″ bike. Thank you again for such an amazing website with a wealth of information and insight.

        **Last question is about helmets: which do you recommmend for girls? HC is 20.25 inches. (my 18 month son has the same HC… he’s off the charts and over a 100%). I need new helmets for both. She currently uses a Uvex Hero but the fit seems tight or ‘just’ perfect and I feel like her forehead is too exposed. And I can’t exactly pass it down to baby brother since they measure the same.
        Backcountry has a bell sidetrack mips on sale and I was considering the lazer mips for the toddler. Any Thoughts would be great.

        • Awesome, glad to hear you both hung in there with the Spawn. Sounds like it will be a great bike for her. For helmets, the Uvex Hero is a little shallow for older kids, so I can see your daughter easily not fitting properly in the Hero but doing great in the Sidetrack. I have yet to review the Sidetrack, but I was able to see it at a show and it looks great. For your toddler, the Lazer Nut’z MIPS would be a good helmet, but the P’Nut will be too small. Being a youth-sized helmet, it is going to look bigger on his head than a child helmet, but there’s not much you can do about that. If he plans on riding in a trailer or bike seat at all, I would go with the Melon over the Lazer as the back is flatter and will make riding more comfortable. Both are great on a balance bike though.

  • Lacey Chellios Soper

    Hi there my 4 year old has been on a 2 wheeler no training wheels for a year now(after following some boxstore bike frustration and stumbling upon your website). Looking for the next size up as she’s outgrowing her 12 inch hot rock. Found a 16in Raleigh Lil Honey on Craigslist but can’t seem to find anything online about that particular model. Do you know anything about it by chance? Thanks, Lacey

  • Jenny Arseneau

    Hello! I am wondering if you could tell me your opinion on the Louis Garneau brandÉ This one seems to be popular in Canada. I am having trouble locating a 14 inch Woom bike. Thank you!

    • WOOM bikes aren’t available in Canada, but FrogBikes, which are similiar, are widely available there, so I would check them out, https://www.frogbikes.com/. I have not seen the Louis Garneau brand in person, but from what I’ve seen online, I believe you would be happier with Frog Bikes is you are interesting in a WOOM.

  • Steven Rogers

    Nice site… I’ve been riding bikes a while, and my children do too. My 8 year old rides a Rocky Mt Edge 20, which is a nice little bike except (like most 20″ bikes) the head angle could be a wee bit slacker, as by this age kids are starting to look for gradient. My 2.5 year old has been riding a Specialized Hotwalk (a friend is a Specialized dealer) for 6 months and seems more comfortable on the bike than he does on his feet at times.

    One thing I haven’t seen mentioned on the site (though it may be) is that many parents overinflate balance bike tires. There’s a tendency to put air in until they are hard to the touch, which puts a harsh ride on for a small child. My son weighs 11kg and I keep his tires soft enough that they feel almost flat if you’re used to adult air pressures. You should be able to pinch them in easily with 2 fingers and you should see a very slight sag when the child puts weight on the bike. That extra bit of cushion makes a real difference to a kid who seeks out bumps at every opportunity!