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Pedal removal

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by mikeloveshisrockhopper, 8 Jan 2017.

  1. subaqua

    subaqua Guru

    Small stilsons and a mechanical advantage increaser ( long tube ) will get that out without need for grinding flats. Just use the stilsons the right way round , there are lots of people who don't get how they work !
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  2. Gert Lush

    Gert Lush Well-Known Member

    I poured boiling water on mine and wedged a thick chunk of wood between the frame and crank so it stopped it from moving. Obviously protecting the frame at the same time. The boiling water was the trick though. I just used a normal spanner on it
  3. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I smothered the crank in peanut butter then wrapped a piece of bread around it, this I held in place for 300 miles with cables ties. This seemed to do the trick well, because as soon as I got the pedal spanner on it off it came quite easily.
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  4. Reiver

    Reiver Whistling down the hills, tearing up the climbs

    Middle Marches
    if it don't have 'drop forged' on it, drop it in the bin.
  5. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    There was a nice advert by Sykes some years back "all that glisters is not chrome-vanadium". That said I have some excellent socket headed wrenches which don't say drop forged, nor even a maker's name, just the word "India" which isn't a promising start, but against all expectations they're great. Not the way to bet though.
  6. subaqua

    subaqua Guru

    My dads Britool stuff bought in 1957 is drop forged chrome vanadium, and still going strong.
    Some of the chrome is pitting and crazing now, but by heck they were worked hard by him and by me . I hope I can pass them on to my son to use.

    Whitworth, AF and some metric ( metric stuff is in better condition as didn't get used much on old British Buses)

    Britool now sadly owned by Stanley Black and Decker :sad:
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  7. Reiver

    Reiver Whistling down the hills, tearing up the climbs

    Middle Marches
    wow, I never heard it one of those before ^_^

    I have some Britool stuff from the 60s and it is absolutely bomb proof - I ave heard their tools now are not good.

    I have just being having a look through my tool box and couldn't find anything that had 'drop forged' stamped on it, most had 'forged' or Chrome Vanadium, and quite a lot of spanners that I always reach for first as they are very trustable has 'India' stamped on them - never noticed that before
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  8. Reiver

    Reiver Whistling down the hills, tearing up the climbs

    Middle Marches
    Here's a picture book I have just made of removing a pedal.
    Drop forged CV 15mm spanner plus piece of heavy pipe (mechanical advantage increaser)

    slide pipe over end of spanner

    Press front wheel onto unmoveable object, press down hard down on pedal with foot then push down on pipe. (use quality tools that you can trust as you might hurt yourself if something snaps, don't use all your strength doing this, just use a small proportion of effort then if something breaks or slips you will still be in control of the situation )

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  9. Well it was a riveting topic, but what was the outcome?
  10. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    I use a vacuum cleaner pipe - but don't tell my wife.
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  11. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Does it matter which brand of peanut butter? I'm thinking something like Sunpat with lots of added sugar might be better than yer fancy sugar-free Whole Earth variety. And definitely wouldn't use crunchy for that application.
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  12. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Veteran

    When I started my apprenticeship in 1977 the firm supplied me with a set of Britool spanners (amongst other tools) which I paid for at a quid a week for about three years, they're as good as new today. I also still use a Bahco 12" shifter that was my grandad's which must be 70 years old.
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  13. ColinJ

    ColinJ Climbs Hills Slowly!

    I tried that once and broke the pipe!
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  14. Ian H

    Ian H Veteran

    I'm shocked at such treatment of books!
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  15. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    Why do you think I don't want my wife to know?
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