Often asked: How Do You Remove Bicycle Pedals?

How do you unscrew bike pedals?

At a Glance:

  1. Use a pedal wrench or hex key to unscrew the pedals from the crank arms. Right pedals loosen by turning counter-clockwise, left pedals loosen clockwise.
  2. Apply bike grease to the new pedals and screw them in at an even 90 degree angle.
  3. Screw in until each pedal is fully inserted and tight; then hit the road!

Are bike pedals removable?

It is often necessary to remove pedals to pack a bike for shipment. It is also sometimes necessary to remove the pedals for replacement and to service the pedal bearings. It is important to remember that pedal threads are different from left side and right side.

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.

Is a pedal wrench necessary?

You don’t need a special pedal wrench. But no, you likely won’t find a suitable one at the hardware store. The flats on most pedals are thinner than the width of common 15mm open end wrenches. If you find one that’s real thin, it may work.

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Do you need to grease bike pedals?

Before screwing in the pedals, you need to grease them. If you have a titanium axle do not use grease, but instead use a titanium installation paste. Grease is water resistant and helps protect the treads of the pedal and crank from corrosion. When it’s time to change pedals again, you’ll be happy you greased them.

What size thread are bike pedals?

Bicycle pedals are commonly a 9/16″ x 20 threads per inch. The inside diameter of the internal thread (the “nut”) must be smaller. Measured in millimeters, the OD of the pedal is typically 14.2mm. For cranks the internal thread is nominally 13mm.

Are bike pedals reverse threaded?

Remember, the left pedal spindle is reverse threaded. Turn it clockwise to remove the pedal when facing the crank arm. The right side is normal, so turn it anti-clockwise to loosen it.

How tight should pedals be?

Always be sure to double check that the pedals are tight. They should be firmly snug but don’t have to be herculean tight. Losing a pedal is a recipe for crashing and a loose pedal can damage your crank arm threads beyond repair. Installing pedals is easy when you know what to do.

When should I replace my mountain bike pedals?

Pedals hardly ever get serviced. That becomes a problem when the bushes & or bearings become worn. Whenever pedals start feeling rough or have play in them it is best to replace them. If the pedal has had a very hard knock& it is badly damaged!

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How do I remove Allen key pedals?

Fix the Allen Key into position with the crank arm at 6 O’Clock (pointing towards the ground) and the Allen Key at 90degrees to the crank arm, at 3 O’Clock (pointing towards the back of the bike). Hold the pedal still and push in an anti-clockwise direction on the Allen Key until the pedal comes loose.

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