How to Change Bike Pedals | 4 Simple Steps- Best City Bikes
You may need to change the bike pedals for a couple of good reasons. Its normal replacement or servicing the pedal bearings or traveling convenience. Every time you can’t rush to the mechanics for such simple things.
If you know how to change bike pedals you can save your money and time as well. So, after a great deal of research, we have put forward some simple steps that will help you to change bike pedals in the go. Moving ahead.
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For pedals, always remember two things carefully. Firstly- the right pedal has a right-hand thread. It means the pedal tightens in a clockwise direction and loosen in the counter-clockwise direction.
Secondly- the left pedal has a left-hand thread that tightens in the counterclockwise direction and loosens in the clockwise direction.
However, if you insert and tighten the wrong pedal in the other crank arm’s thread, it can severely damage. Don’t worry if you can’t sort it out. Because nowadays manufacturers provide label “L” or “R” on the pedal to prevent mix up.
You can figure them out in another way, the left-hand thread slopes up to the left side. While the right-hand thread will slope up to the right side.
Things you will need:
- 15 mm pedal wrench, 6mm, or 8mm hexagonal Allen key.
- Waterproof thread lubricants.
- Old rag.
Alright, let’s begin.
Place your bike on the kickstand to have a stable surface while working. Also, you can clip your bike on a bike stand for sufficient leverage.
Shift your chain onto the big ring. Otherwise, the chainring teeth can slip and give you a painful knuckle injury.
Before putting a wrench on the crank think of your mechanical advantage and make sure it is completely engaged. Try the different wrench adjustment settings. You will have two levers and they are crank arm and pedal wrench.
That’s why to look for different positions to get these two levers nearby. For the right pedal, you want to go counterclockwise.
So, you have to push down the right crank arm while pulling up the left crank arm with the wrench at the same time. This will free the pedal.
You can perform this step alternatively by pedaling forward and holding the wrench steady. While doing this keep the wrench going forward with the pedal and it will come off. For the left pedal, you will have to go clockwise to remove it.
Rest you can follow the same instruction as the previous one and your work is done.
Pedals with hex fitting behind the axle also follow the same procedure. So, install the wrench and pedal forward in case of removal. Once the pedal is free, use the short side of the Allen key to unthread it and the pedal comes out.
After removing the pedal keep them side by side in a safe place.
Before installing pedals, lubricate their thread with waterproof grease for pulling them tightly into the crank threads.
Look for the letter marked “L” or “R” on the pedal before taking them in your hand. Then put the right pedal into the arm and turn it clockwise with your fingers one or two times.
This ensures you have perfectly fit the pedal into the crank. Put the pedal wrench and push it down in a clockwise direction while pulling up on the other crank to tighten the pedal. Also, make sure you are having a good mechanical advantage here too.
Alternatively, you can keep pedaling backward to fit the pedal into the crank, and gradually it will get tightened.
For the left side pedal, just thread it in a counterclockwise direction and repeat the same procedure.
Again, for a pedal with hex fitting, you need to take the short end of the hex and enter it inside the crank. Next, engage the right pedal with the Allen key. Then spin the key in the clockwise direction and tight the pedal with the long side of the key.
Follow the same method for the left pedal and spin the key in the counter-clockwise direction. Finally, you are ready.
When the pedal installation is done, cycle your bike before the actual head out to see if it’s perfectly tight. Remember, a tight crank pedal is a crucial factor for safe use.
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Some Important Things You Can Also Consider:
- It is better to use a pedal washer with a carbon fiber arm. Because it can help to keep the pedal spindle tightened into the carbon.
- Avoid hub cone wrench when installing a pedal since they are thin and structured for hub cones. Besides they will offer much lower torque than your requirement.
- Instead of waterproof grease, you can also use an anti-seize compound. It tends to be more durable.
See how easy it is! I am sure now you can confidently change the bike pedals. Our main aim is to make this process of how to Change Bike Pedals fast and simple for you. That’s all for now. I hope it will be helpful for you.
Thanks for reading.
I am Daniel D. Harris, an enthusiastic biker who loves to ride bicycles. I keep on sharing my experience of cycling through this blog. I do keep writing to assist you in finding the city bikes, bike lights, bike pedals, and many more things related to bicycles. You may find my blog useful once you read some posts. Find me on twitter. Have a good day bikers!