FAQ: How To Remove Stuck Bicycle Pedals?

How do I get my pedals unstuck?

Push down on the pedal while pulling up on the wrench. First, make sure you’re turning the pedal-spindle in the direction that will loosen it. The spindles use opposite threading on either side of the bike, loosening counterclockwise on the drive-side and clockwise on the non-driveside.

How do you remove stuck bike pedals with an Allen wrench?

Insert the small end of the Allen key in the backside of the crank arm, with the long end of the Allen key pointing toward the back of the bike. Using your right hand, push down on the Allen key, turning it clockwise to loosen the pedal.

Why is my bike pedal stuck?

Unfortunately, bike pedals do get stuck sometimes. This can be due to the elements of nature, such as water and mud. Maybe a lot of rust has built-up in the pedals. Or maybe they were just over-tightened when assembled.

What size wrench do I need to change bike pedals?

Pedal wrench flats are typically 15mm in size. 9/16″ (~14.3mm) is somewhat common on older pedals. 17mm and other sizes have been used, but you aren’t very likely to encounter them.

Do I really need a pedal wrench?

Most pedals (like our reliable Thump flat pedals) require a pedal wrench, which is a long, thin tool specifically designed to fit the external spindle flats between the pedal and the crank leg (fig. 3). We also recommend having an adjustable torque wrench and bike grease on hand.

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