What is the Kit Library?
You and your family can learn about and try out a range of different bikes and accessories to find out which best meet your needs. You can then borrow something from us for as long as you need it.
Aligned with circular economy principles we aim to keep the bikes in great condition for future generations to use so that when your child grows out of the bike it gets properly serviced then out passed straight onto another family. This prevents the degrading of the bike as it gets passed between families and prevents bikes being prematurely scrapped.
Where is the Kit Library?
The library is located in Woodberry Down, N4. You can arrange to collect or we can deliver direct to you. You first need to complete the form here so we can check if we have what you need.
How can I access the Kit Library?
We can deliver or collect bikes to/from households for a suggested £20 donation.
How much does it cost to buy or borrow a bike?
We have suggested donations below which support the running costs of the Kit Library and the wider work of the charity.
|Suggested donation||Retail Price|
|Frog Bike Tadpole||£130||£210|
|Frog Bike Tadpole Mini||£125||£205|
|Frog 40 & 44||£220||£360|
|Adult bikes / larger children’s bikes||please complete wheelytots.com/fit and we’ll get back to you||please complete wheelytots.com/fit and we’ll get back to you|
|Hamax Siesta (REAR child seat)||£60||£90|
|Croozer 2 Kid trailer (2010)||£250||–|
Is there a monthly donation or a membership option?
At the moment we have a £15 per month option (£3.46 per week) that will keep your child on the right sized 2 wheels from 11 months up to 11 years. This can be set up as a standing order from your bank account or you can pay as you go and also includes
– access to discounts on parts and accessories
– access to private family sessions and bike routes tailored just for you so that you can safely enjoy as a whole family
– access to our family and childrens cycling expertise and we proactively ensure your child is in the most comfortable bike
Do you have other things in the library?
We also have a tag along (ages 5+) and other front and rear bikes seats that you can try out or borrow.
Can you bring your bikes to our event or my child’s birthday party?
You can hire our bikes and family cycling experts for events:
£150 to bring the cargo bike & balance bikes
£50 per hour for a family cycling expert from our team
We’ve got a bike that we don’t use any more. Can we donate it to the Kit Library?
Yes! We welcome donations of good quality bikes to the Kit Library. As we’re a small charity, this is a really great way to support Wheely Tots.
If you’d like to donate a bike, please complete the Bike Donation Form.
- Your child can try out a range of bikes from the Kit Library: we’ll make sure they have a safe, comfortable bike that’s appropriate to their size and ability
- We’ll show you how to safety-check and maintain your child’s bike
- We’ll provide you with ongoing support and advice as your child’s cycling journey continues
- You’ll be supporting our work to support every child to be healthy, confident and resilient
What are the rules?
To ensure that borrowing a bike is a fun, fair and a friendly experience – without hidden catches and sneaky small print we have 6 simple borrowing rules.
- Bring the bike back clean. There may be a small charge if you bring the bike back dirty.
- Keep hold of the bike until the next family wants it.
- And then bring the bike back on time. We don’t want the next borrower to be kept waiting.
- Learn to use the bike and check the bike properly. Watch the ABCD check video on YouTube for pedal bikes. If you have a balance bike you just need to do the A and D check. If you have any queries about this email us for help.
- Tell us about any damages immediately – email us so we know and can check the bike.
- Share your feedback and stories – we would love to hear your experiences so we can keep improving our Kit Library for future borrowers. You can share on social media or by email.
“David was so incredibly knowledgeable and supportive as we picked out a first bike for our four-year-old. We have joined the fantastic bike library scheme, which means that we are looking forward to coming back to Wheely Tots every time our son outgrows one bike and moves up to the next level. The passion and vision that David has for Wheely Tots and the genuine drive to benefit the community means that borrowing bikes through this charity feels so much better than buying a bike online without the expert advice and not knowing how long that bike will last.” Megan