Removing pedals

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by HelenD123, 16 May 2010.

  1. HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    What tool do you guys take for removing pedals rfeady for taking a bike on a plane. I have a pedal spanner but it's big and heavy and I don't fancy lugging it several thousand miles!
     
  2. Soltydog

    Soltydog Legendary Member

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    I have spd pedals that are tightened with an allen key at the back of the cranks, would they be better for you? I pressume you'll be carrying a multi tool :tongue:
     
  3. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    I also use an allen key and if you do not tighten it up too hard, the will come off with a multi-tool.
     
  4. OP
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    HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    I use flats and the ones I have need a pedal spanner. Can you get flats that use an allen key?

    And, no, you won't persuade me to use SPDs. I took them off the Galaxy earlier in the week!
     
  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Take a cheapo Chrome Vanadium 15mm spanner and throw it away after refitting
     
  6. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    A cone bearing spanner is also 15mm and quite light. This might work.
     
  7. OP
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    HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    I'll have to have a rummage in my Lidl tool kit. I'm sure there'll be one in there.
     
  8. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Take a cheap 15 mm spanner with you (not in hand luggage, obviously) use it to refit pedals and then bin it.
    At the other end, buy a pedal spanner or a cheap 15 mm spanner.
    Or get a decent adjustable. Like a Bahco. Not cheap, but they do work well.
    Simples!!
     
  9. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    It's an utter nightmare, pedals. We nearly weren't allowed on our flight to France for the beginning of our trip because we couldn't get the pedals off. I was close to crying.

    My advice would be to get them loosened here in the UK and then YOU do them up to a tightness you can undo again. Then, before you fly home, get a shop to loosen them and do it again. That way, you'll always know you can undo them.
     
  10. guitarpete247

    guitarpete247 Just about surviving

    Location:
    Leicestershire
    You could also try something like these if they fold flat enough to get bike in bag or onto plane.
     
  11. stephenjubb

    stephenjubb Über Member

    adjustable spanner, can be used for other jobs as well
     
  12. 3tyretrackterry

    3tyretrackterry Active Member

    Location:
    East Midlands UK
    you can get removable pedals that undo on a bayonet type fixing have you enough time to get some
     
  13. OP
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    HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    I swapped them onto the Galaxy from another bike only this week, well greased them and didn't tighten them up so there shouldn't be any problems removing them. Actually there won't be any problems because I just remembered I'll be boxing the bike up at home:blush:. I'll go with the option of buying a cheap spanner at the other end or asking nicely at a bike shop. One less problem to think about. I'd better be off to tape up my bars and wrestle the bike into the box. Thanks everyone.
     
  14. OP
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    HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    I fly out on Wednesday, ash permitting, so probably not unless any of the LBSs stock them.
     
  15. OP
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    HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    Another good suggestion. I'll look into getting one once I arrive to save on weight for the flight.
     
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