About & Site FAQ’s


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

About Natalie

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As a mountain biking mother of a 2nd grader, a kindergartner and toddler, 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.  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 (I don’t sell bikes and am not affiliated with any bike company) 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 form provided on the sidebar of every review.  As I spend my days chasing three kids, aged 5 and under, 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.  If they disagree with me, great, but make sure they give you a good reason and aren’t simply trying to make a sale.  Remember, I’m 100% unaffiliated, so I have no reason to push one brand over another.  That being said, it they do disagree with me, please let me know!  I love being proven wrong as it means I am learning more about the products.

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?

Nope, I do not get paid to write review and all opinions expressed in them is solely mine.   For some reviews manufacturers provide sample bikes and/or equipment for testing.

How do you make money off this site?

Honestly, I don’t make much and consider the site to be a labor of love.  I do make some grocery money from the ads at the top of the page as well as through affiliate programs.  I am a participant of Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which is a fancy way of saying that if you click on any link to Amazon I have, then make a purchase on Amazon, I get a very small (usually in cents!) amount for my “advertising fees.”  However, seeing as my husband is currently a full-time college student, you may see more ads in the future to help subsidize our starving-student lifestyle, but nothing is on the books yet.

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.  As for the web design and layouts, please bear with me again.  This is a one man show, which means I not only write the reviews, I also have to upkeep the site itself.  Honestly, my degrees in Microbiology and Zoology don’t help much when it comes to HTML and CSS, but for the most part, I am able to Google my way through things.

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, momming.  Yep, I’m a mom first, so if a review has to wait a week or two so that I can watch my daughter’s soccer game, then so be it.  🙂

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

I was not paid in any manner to review of the products mentioned on this website and am not affiliated with any bike companies.  In some cases, manufacturers provided sample bikes and equipment for testing.  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 Balance Bike Shop, Balance Bike Outlet, WeeBikeShop, Tikes Bikes, Scamper Gear, REI, Target and Walmart.

  • 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.

  • 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!