One could have an idea that once you buy a bike fully assembled bike you do not have to do anything else. But this is a very wrong perspective on your side.
There is no way you will have to rely on your already fitted pedals forever. There is a point in time that you will have to get rid of them and get new ones for your use. When it comes to changing your pedals off the bike, it can be trickier than you can imagine.
This is because of the different type of pedals and pedal threads that are sometimes unusual. This way you find many people take their bikes to the mechanic each time they want to replace. But if you have the right information on how to do it. You don’t have to send to the mechanic each time.
If you are travelling and you have issues with your pedals on the way, there is no way you will start looking for the mechanic then. You will have to do it yourself. This can only be achieved if the instructions you have is helpful and works well for you
Some people may know how to remove the pedal and fit a different one, but others may have to have the instructions to do. Here we have come up with detailed information on how to put pedals on a bike easily.
Let’s explore step by step procedures of doing it.
Here is what you will need to replace your pedal.
Before you start to replace the pedal, you will have to check the type of pedal you have in your bike first. Have a look at the pedal for flat spots on the axle at the crank arm that your wrench can fit. If you look carefully and see that there are no flat spots on the pedal axle, ten then you will be required to use your Allen or the Hex wrench.
Apply Grease To The Bike Threads In The Pedals Holes
Take waterproof grease and apply it to the threads of the bike’s pedal holes to make it remain the same condition and prevent seizing. The grease prevents the pedal of the bike from seizing, and you don’t have to get along and rough time removing them later on. What you have t do is to use the grease well and enough to coat the threads thinly
Take The Threaded End Of The New Right Pedal And Insert It Into The Right Hole Of The Pedal
When you look at the pedal on your hand, you will notice that the right pedal indicate the letter “R” on it to show that it is the right pedals. Take the pedal carefully and place the end of the new pedal in the pedal hole. You should be careful not to full it into the pedal hole as you could damage the threads. Take a look by turning the pedal to ensure that it is aligned well with the thread correctly before even using the wrench
Take A Wrench And Place It On The Right Pedal
Take your pedal wrench and wrap the jaws of the wrench the new pedal. That could be possible if you are using the pedal wrench, but if you are using the Allen wrench, you will have to insert the hexagonal end of the Allen wrench in through the pedal hole and into the Allen wrench socket at the end of the axle of the pedal
Rotate it clockwise to tighten the pedal I place and very well. Continue to do it until the right pedal is completely tightened and have no room to be loose. This could be possible if you are using the Allen wrench, but if you are using the pedal wrench, you have to rotate half and then lift.
Then you have to bring the wrench back up the top of the pedal before making another half rotation. When doing the left pedal, you will have to repeat the same as the right pedal, but this time you will have to do it counterclockwise until it is securely in place
Check The Newly Installed Pedals To Make Sure It Safely Secure
Check on the installed pedals to see if they are securely placed and are not loose. If you pull the pedal gently and notice that they are loose, you have to make sure they are not, and it requires you to tighten it well. Then you have to turn the pedals on their bearings to see if they turn smoothly.
You have to know that it takes time for the new pedals bearing to break in and spin freely. Therefore, do not feel bad or think your pedals are not well installed if the bearings of the pedals do not spin freely. You will have to take care not to damage it and give it time to work well.
What you may also do is to check the alignment of the axel by turning the pedal backwards and looking at the pedals reaction carefully not to damage anything. You should make sure they stay in place perpendicular to the crank the entire period you are rotating the pedal.
With all this information and instructions, they are no way you will fail to replace your pedal and start to ride. As simple as it is you only need available tools. For you n0ot to have issues on your way or difficulty to remove your pedal the next time, make sure that you have applied enough grease to the pedal to make it not to seize. It is a very important factor for any biker.
Also when you are travelling for a long distance, make it a point to carry all your tools in a bag with you. You will never know the moment you will require to fix your bike or pedal. So be on the safe side with the right information. Hope this information has been of great use to you.