How to Changing bike pedals: There comes a point in time when you need to change out your mountain bike pedals — you might have a new pair, maybe you’ve been moving from flats to clip -on , or maybe you ‘ve got a friend to borrow your bike. Whatever the reason, learning how to change your bike’s pedals is a good skill to know…if you don’t just have to pay a store to do an easy five minute job. Regardless of your pedal assembly, you will need a pedal wrench or hex wrench (if there are no pedal screws) and grease to get the job done properly. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps for changing bike pedals, as well as provide some tips for making the process easier.
Changing bike pedals
Ride your bike on a wall or clip it to a bike rack so it stays in one place for the duration of the job. It’s a good idea to turn your chain into a big resonance before you go about loosening (or tightening) your pedals. That way, if your hand slips when you put pressure on the wrench, you won’t find yourself with a rash of sharp chainring teeth. At the same time, shift and “pedal” the crank lever until it is in the appropriate ring. If your bike is leaning against a wall, shift, then “pedal” your crank lever as you raise your saddle until the rear wheel is off the ground.
To loosen the pedals already on your bike, fit an appropriate sized pedal wrench onto the bolts connecting the pedal and the crankshaft. Apply pressure cooker as needed to loosen pedal. Note that the left pedal reverses for a chain. This means that the old standby, “tighty tighty, loosey lefty” does not work on this pedal. You will need to turn the wrench toward the rear of the bike (as if you were tightening it) to loosen.
Using hex wrench
Keep in mind that some pedals do not have flats. If it’s not yours, you’ll need a hex key to get the job done. You will notice a spot for this type of wrench on the back of the crank at the end of the throttle hub. Choose the correct size wrench and turn in the appropriate direction to relieve the pedal. Remember, the left pedals are reverse threaded. Pretend you are pulling it if you want to remove it.
Before installing the pedals on your mountain bike, make sure the pedals are clean. Cleaning the threaded crank arm wouldn’t hurt, either. Next, apply a layer of grease to the threads so you don’t end up grabbing the crank arm down the road.
Tighten the pedals
Look for a label on your pedals to distinguish left from right. You can usually find an “R” or “L” mark on the spindle of the axle. Use your fingers to tighten the pedals. Make sure the pedal goes on without resistance, you don’t want to strip the threads on the crank arm. Once the pedals are threaded, tighten it securely with a pedal or hex wrench.
There are many reasons why you might want to change your bike pedals. Maybe you’re upgrading to a new set of pedals that offer better performance, or perhaps you’re simply trying to replace worn-out pedals. Whatever the reason, changing bike pedals is a relatively simple process that anyone can do with the right tools and a bit of know-how. You can learn about Technical and Environmental Viability of a Road Bicycle Pedal.
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