Pedal Removal and Installation
- 15mm Wrench
Whether you need to remove your pedals because you need a little extra room to pack your bike or you want to change pedal styles, changing your pedals is a relatively simple and straightforward process. There are a few precautions you should take, however.
- Make sure that the threads are greased.
- The pedals are "handed"; Left and Right.
- The LEFT pedal is reverse threaded
- Make sure not to cross thread the the pedals when installing.
- Any improper installation can cause damage to the pedal AND the crank arm.
Removal of the existing pedals.
For best results, use a bike stand
- Rotate bike until right pedal is easily accessed.
- Try different wrench positions until wrench and crank arm form an angle of 90 degrees or less. Correct mechanical advantage is critical on pedals, which are often overly tight.
- If possible, grab opposite crank for better leverage. Turn wrench counterclockwise to remove right pedal or turn crank so the pedal is pedaling forward. Continue to turn wrench counterclockwise and remove pedal completely from crank.
- Rotate bike as necessary until left pedal is easily accessed.
- Position wrench onto left pedal, and grab right crank for leverage.
- Turn wrench clockwise to remove left pedal or turn crank so the pedal is pedaling forward. Remove left pedal completely from crank.
Installation of new (or existing) pedals
Identify the right and left pedals. Look for “L” and “R” marking on axle or sticker.
- Grease the threads of both pedals.
- Thread right side pedal into right crank by hand at first to prevent cross threading. Use wrench to finish tightening the pedal.
- Position wrench on pedal axle for good mechanical advantage. Hold wrench with one hand while holding opposite crank with other. (Pedal the bike backward to install both left and right.)
- Using opposite arm as a second lever, tighten pedal. Repeat process for left pedal, but threading pedal counter-clockwise to install. Typical torque for pedal thread is about 360 inch-pounds. With a foot long wrench, that is about 30 pounds of effort.