What is a Balance, Push or Run Bike?

A run bike or what is more commonly known as a balance bike is a pedal free bicycle, designed for kids as young as two years old. With a balance bike, your boy or girl will sit, push with their feet, and start cruising once they’ve gained some momentum and balance control. Think of a run/balance bike as a Flintstones bicycle. Its powered by your child’s feet rather than the mechanics of pedals, chains, and gears.

The benefits of a balance bike are numerous. First and foremost, a balance bike teaches your child the coordination and balance necessary to later ride a bicycle, without the false confidence that comes with using training wheels. Also, by bringing one along for a walk, your child’s balance bike allows them to keep up the pace without getting tired or bored – like a stroller you don’t have to push.

As we all know, balance is the key to learning to ride a bike, but that control doesn’t come easily. A balance bike is a learning tool for your child, one that allows them to teach themselves the skills necessary to tackle a two-wheeler with pedals. You’ll be amazed how quickly they will progress, and what a valuable investment a quality balance bike can be. Not only does a good balance bike teach balance, it gives your child a measure of real confidence that training wheels simply cannot.

Stop by Talbot's Cyclery today and check out our selection of assembled balance bikes.

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Learning to balance and ride a bike has never been easier or more fun. The Giant Pre is the start of something beautiful. With a lightweight aluminum frame that’s designed with a low standover height, the Pre inspires young riders to get rolling. Made with 12-inch wheels and a quick-adjust saddle, it’s the perfect way to begin their cycling adventures.

Giant Pre balance bikes at Talbot's in San Mateo Giant Pre balance bikes at Talbot's in serving the San Francisco Bay Area Liv Pre balance bikes at Talbot's serving Burlingame, Redwood City, Palo Alto Liv Pre balance bikes at Talbot's serving San Carlos, Menlo Park and Burlingame
Giant Boy's Red or Blue Liv Girl's Red or Light Blue
Fully Assembled-Ready to Ride  •  $130.
10" and 12" Balance Bikes!
Start them young with Norco's 10" Mermaid & Ninja Run Bike! A lightweight aluminum frame with super-low standover, narrow 19mm handlebars, and 10-inch air tires all make for a hands-on way to teach the kiddos about balance and instill a lifelong love of bikes. Get your favorite youngster started riding on the Ninja Run from Norco. Its tough aluminum frame, 12-inch air tires, and kid-sized handlebar and brake levers make this a perfect learning companion, and a super fun way to teach kids the fundamentals of balance .
Norco Mermaid 10" Norco Ninja 10" Norco Mermaid 12" Norco Ninja 12"
Fully Assembled-Ready to Ride  •  $120. Fully Assembled-Ready to Ride  •  $140.

All Talbot's Bicycles are Fully Assembled and Ready to Ride!
90-Day Safety Check/Tune-up and One Year Maintenance Included.

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