How to Take the Pedals Off of a Bicycle

How to Take the Pedals Off of a Bicycle
Bicycle pedals are one of the most low-maintenance moving parts on a bicycle, but even they can require some work over time. Pedals can get worn out and require replacing when they start to corrode or rust or lose their lubrication on the axle shaft, or if clip-in pedals become too worn out and start to slip. Or an owner might want to upgrade his parts. Whatever the reason, bicycle pedals are easy to remove, even if they do seem stuck at first.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 15mm or Allen wrench
Step 1
Determine whether you need a 15mm wrench or an Allen wrench. Allen wrenches are not used on most bicycle pedals, but if they are there will be an Allen wrench hole at the end of the axle. If your bike needs a 15mm wrench, there will be a flat area on the axle near the crank arm for you to position the wrench.
Step 2
Turn the wrench to the left to unscrew the pedal from the bike. When it is loose enough, spin the pedal off with your hand and remove it.
Step 3
Use a spray lubricant on the pedal threads if corrosion or rust makes the pedal difficult to remove. Allow 15 to 20 minutes for the chemicals to set into the corrosion.
Step 4
Heat the crank arm with a propane torch to loosen any rubber seals and expand the metal holding the pedal in place. This will make the pedal easier to slip off.
Step 5
Use a vise or monkey wrench to force the pedal off if the above steps fail. Be aware that this may cause some damage to the pedal threads, if you are wanting to reuse them.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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