Have you ever removed your bicycle pedal before? In case you have never done it before, then you are yet to get more experienced with broken pedals in unknown trails. Most of the circumstances that make one remove the pedals depend but they are many.
Some of you are very curious especially when they find a new off the road and would like to know more and know where they are heading. Most of the time you find your bike broken and the pedal may need a replacement.
There is another possibility of you removing your pedal when you are not using your bike until the next time you would like to use it or when you are around.
All these reasons could apply to why you need to remove and change your pedal. But, the question is, do you know how to remove the pedals? It may sound to be such a hectic move, but once you have your bike in a repair mode, you will be done within few minutes If you have never done it before, you do not have to worry about it. Here we are going to give detailed instructions on what to do and how to remove the pedals correctly.
Before you even start removing your pedal and replacing with another, you have to make sure that you have gathered the required tools and also understood the instructions well.
Step1: Place Your Bike In The Right Flat Position
Take your bike and place it in an upright position first. If your bike has a kickstand, you are better positioned to do it from there. If it does not have one, make sure you lean the bike on something like the wall or anything else to make it stand straight and upright for easier movements and removal.
If the position is not right for you, then you can decide to rest the bike upside down and work from there. Upside down it will work well standing on the seat and the handlebars.
Step 2: Look At Your Pedals To Determine The Type Of Wrench You Will Use
There are different types of wrenches out there, and it all functions well with the right type of pedal designed to work with. You will have to look well at the type of wrench you will need before starting. You will have to look between the pedal and the crank arm to see the design of the pedal. When the pedal seems flat for a wrench to hold, then you will have to use the pedal wrench. Therefore, when the pedal is not flat, you may have to use Allen wrench that is after you have confirmed that the sockets fit hexagonal Allen wrench.
The type and size of the pedal wrench will depend on the type and the size of the bike you are using. If you are going to remove a pedal for a child’s bike, you will need to use 14 mm wrench, and when it comes to the adult bike, you will use a 15 mm wrench. Sometimes you find some bikes have been designed to use both the pedal wrench and the Allen wrench. This makes it easier if you are trapped in an unknown trail but have only one type of wrench.
Step 3: Place The Wrench On The Right Pedal
Wrap the jaws of the wrench around the flat wrench between the crank arm and the pedal if you are using the pedal wrench. Make sure you are starting with the right pedal. This is because the direction you are using to rotate the wrench on the right pedal, and that of the left wrench is different. When using the hexagonal Allen wrench. You have to insert the end of the wrench into the socket at the end of the pedal axle and make sure it is rightly inserted before you rotate.
Step4: Rotate The Wrench Counterclockwise On The Right Pedal
After inserting your pedal wrench to the flat wrench, make half rotation and then lift the wrench off the fats. While you are rotating, you have to hold on to the opposite pedal to give yourself space and the balance to work effectively. You will then have to replace the wrench on the flats again so that you can make another half rotation. Take your time and continue to rotate the pedal counterclockwise until the pedal becomes loose.
Since there is likely hood of the socket of the hexagonal wrench is inside, you will have to turn the Allen clockwise. You will notice that the spindle will rotate counterclockwise from the outside. This will only happen if you are using the Allen wrench to remove the pedal.
When the pedal becomes loose, they will automatically slide out of the hole on the crank arm. If you are removing the pedal because you are not using it for now or you are changing to a different type that is new in the market, you will have to store your pedal you may need it in the future.
Step5: Repeat The Step Above On The Left Pedal
When you look closely at the left pedal, you will note that the left thread is quite different from the right one. This is because they are a likelihood that your left pedal may unscrew while you ride therefore they made the thread different to make it easier to ride and avoid it from unscrewing while riding.
Us either the pedal wrench or the Allen wrench to unscrew the left pedal and completely remove it from the hole and place it together with the right pedal. When you use the Allen wrench, you will have to turn the pedal counterclockwise.
When you follow the above instructions step by step, you will notice that it will only take you a few minutes unless the pedals are very firm. That’s why it is good to lubricate your bike once in a while to keep the pedal threads fit. With these instructions, you will not have trouble when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere with only your tools.
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