The Strider 14x has narrow “stride-around” pedals so your child can still use the 14x as a balance bike even when the Pedal Kit is attached. To start, the key here is letting your little tot gain momentum and have them use the pedals as footrests. Once they are comfortable gaining momentum on the bike, they will ease their way into using the pedals. Kids are used to walking and running, so using a circular motion to propel the bike will be a foreign concept to them. Let the child experiment with the pedals on their own and they should start figuring things out.
Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and time is needed to create something great. That being said, pedaling and braking will come with time. Most importantly, be confident that the time spent on a Strider Bike in balance-bike-mode will help your child easily transition to pedaling when the time comes. With the improved skills they gained, it will be a safer and more enjoyable ride for everyone in your family!