12 inch Sport No Pedal Balance Bike (Running Bike) The balance bike the perfect tool to encourage young riders to gain the confidence and skills needed to master the art of cycling. By removing the pedals, this allows the child to work on balance and coordination while walking/gliding on the bike. Within a short time they will have the confidence to coast with both feet off the ground. Do not forget the hand brake when comparing balance bikes! Although the child will primarily be using his or her feet to stop the bike, it introduces the hand brake system, making the transition to a traditional bike easier.