How to Change Bicycle Pedals

How to Change Bicycle Pedals
If you have just purchased a road or mountain bike and would like to swap the traditional pedals for clipless pedals, there is no need to pay a shop to do it. You can easily perform the task yourself in less than five minutes.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Removing Old Pedals

Things You’ll Need:
  • 15 mm bike wrench Bike stand (optional) Lubricant (optional)
  • 15 mm bike wrench
  • Bike stand (optional)
  • Lubricant (optional)
Step 1
After buying a new bicycle, many cyclists want to swap out the existing pedals for their own, particularly if the bike comes with pedals that are equipped with toe cages. Begin by mounting the bike in a bike workstation or lean it against a wall so that the bike cannot roll forward or backward.
Step 2
Using a 15 mm pedal wrench, loosen the right pedal by lightly tapping the end of the wrench with a hammer. Once the pedal is loose, continue turning the pedal's shaft counter-clockwise until it is free.
Step 3
To loosen the left pedal, tap the pedal wrench in a clockwise direction--left pedals use left-hand threaded shafts.

Installing New Pedals

Step 1
To make the pedals easier to remove in the future, apply a light film of quality lubricant to the threaded shafts of the pedals. Thread the right pedal into the pedal crank arm using your fingers until it is snug. Apply moderate pressure to the pedal shaft using the pedal wrench.
Step 2
Repeat Step 1 for the left pedal, keeping in mind that you will need to tighten the pedal by turning it clockwise.
Step 3
Store the original pedals for future use.
Step 4
To accommodate riders who do not use clipless pedals, consider installing dual-purpose pedals. Dual-purpose pedals accommodate regular shoes on one side and clipless pedals on the other.

Tips & Warnings

 
Buy a quality pedal wrench. Always keep your old pedals for future use. Coat the threaded shaft of the pedals with a light lubricant.
 
Buy a quality pedal wrench.
 
Always keep your old pedals for future use.
 
Coat the threaded shaft of the pedals with a light lubricant.
 
Be sure to loosen left-hand pedals by turning clockwise. Do not over tighten the pedals.
 
Be sure to loosen left-hand pedals by turning clockwise.
 
Do not over tighten the pedals.

Article Written By Allen Smith

Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, Colo. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

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