NEW Thule Chariot Cross Review is LIVE!






    I have had a ton of questions already about the new Chariot Cross from Thule. Thankfully, Thule has let us test their newest model. Our preliminary review is live….and will be updated over the next few months/years as we use it constantly! Read the Thule Chariot Cross Review here!   © 2017, Tales of a […]

    Starting a Toddler on a Balance Bike – Tips and Tricks






      I grew up proudly sporting…and then ditching my training wheels on my bike at age 7. It was a big deal…..dwarfed now by my own kids riding pedal bikes at THREE. And while it sounds and looks impressive (especially when said kids are petite riding those pedals), they certainly aren’t unique. With the introduction of […]

      12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 4: Biking!






        **Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** Today is a big one, folks! Biking is near and dear to our hearts and we couldn’t be more excited about hooking up some kids with wheels today! Really, really excited! First of all, check out the following […]

        Stampede Bikes Charger 12″ Balance Bike Review






          The Stampede Charger 12″ (also available in a 16″ and 16″XL size) is one of our favorite balance bikes for young riders. It is beefy and tough, without being too heavy (our 25 pound 2.5 year old can easily handle it on her own). The geometry of the bike allows riders to have a low […]

          Pello Revo 16″ Bike Review






            The Pello Revo is an excellent US-built 16″ bike boasting kid-specific geometry, a lightweight frame and the most aggressive tires we’ve seen on a kid bike. Because of the fact that it comes with coaster brakes AND a rear wheel hand-brake, it’s a great bike for new riders coming right off a balance bike or […]

            Ride the Hiawatha Trail!






              We have been talking about going to ride the Hiawatha Trail for years now. Finally a few weeks ago, everything came together and we managed to make the trip over to Idaho to ride. The trail  ($10/adult; $6/kid aged 6-13)) is 15 miles long, with a 1.6% downgrade going along the abandoned railroad bed from […]

              Fat Biking for Kids + TykesBykes Review and *Giveaway*






                We ar all about encouraging our kids (and ourselves) to try new things on a regular basis. Easier said than done, but a good way to not get stuck in a rut. This winter J (aged *almost* 7) got to join his daddy on a Snow Bike, thanks to TykesBykes new Fat Byke (see our review […]

                O.F.F. Rowdywares for Kids!






                  O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” of serious adventures. As a family, we appreciate clothing that is worth our hard-earned money. It’s what we wear […]

                  Osprey Hydration Packs for Kids






                    Ah the daily quest to keep the kids hydrated. It’s so much harder than it should be. Honestly my biggest “trick” is giving them their own hydration pack (and/or bottles…though the packs seem to hold their interest longer). Having ownership of their water really does work. And I usually just don’t fill them completely full, […]

                    FirstBike Balance Bike Review






                      FirstBike makes a whole line-up of balance bikes for kids aged ~18 months – 3 years. Their frame is a unique composite material that is virtually unbreakable AND has no sharp edges, which is great for younger kids. P has been riding a pedal bike for a long time now, but at least a few […]