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Removing/replacing pedals...

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Maz, 10 Aug 2007.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Sorry to ask such a basic question...how do you remove/replace bike pedals?
    Do you need an allen key for the 'crankside' of the joint and a wrench/spanner for the other side?
    Also, any hints/tips for removal/replacement.
    Cheers.
     
  2. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    A 15mm spanner should do the trick. Remember that the drive side will have a left handed thread
     
  3. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Look at this

    You'll find a proper pedal spanner is a godsend, you won't get skinned knuckles.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Guru

    Cheers, fellas. Very useful link, too.
     
  5. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    never mind skinned knuckles, i managed to impale my palm on the chainring! always put the chain onto the outer chainring , especially if using an allen key to remove the pedal on the drive side.
     
  6. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Jesus! Bet that hurt?
     
  7. Christopher

    Christopher Über Member

    Sometimes the pedals are screwed on so tight you might need some WD40 and a bit of pipe for extra leverage...
     
  8. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    some pedal don't use a spanner but an allen key from the inner side of the crank.put grease on the threads when you replace them.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Guru

    Yikes! That's gotta hurt.
    Thanks for the 'handy' hint, though.
     
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    yep, it hurt, and i have a nice little scar to remind me of my foolish ways!
     
  11. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    The drive side has a RH thread but left-handed for BB.
    Non-drive side has LH pedal thread and RH BB thread.

    The rule is "Right is right, left is wrong, unless it's a BB then it's the opposite". Not very catchy!
     
  12. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    I always remember which way to twist the pedals by remembering why they have opposite threads - because if either of the pedals could be unscrewed by turning towards the front of the bike it could come undone as you cycle along. Both pedals tighten by turning them towards the front of the bike.
     
  13. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Here's a tip for those of you with skinned knuckles (and those seeking to avoid them). Insert short end of allen key into pedal end (or attach pedal spanner to the flat on the other side of the crank) but make sure that you have the key/spanner inserted in such a way that the end of the tool is only a couple of inches away from the crank. Think of a clock face at ten past three, with the crank as the hour hand and the tool as the minute hand. Then you can grasp both the crank and the tool in one hand and squeeze them together. So long as your pedals aren't stuck or corroded this should give you enough force to get the bolt moving but without the peril of slipping and spiking yourself on a chainset. A simple trick but damn useful. ;)
     
  14. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    The drive side has a RH thread but left-handed for BB.
    Non-drive side has LH pedal thread and RH BB thread.

    The rule is "Right is right, left is wrong, unless it's a BB then it's the opposite". Not very catchy![/QUOTE]

    Quite right. I meant to say 'non-drive side'.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Guru

    Thanks for all the advice...mission accomplished, pedals now replaced!