How to Install Bicycle Pedals

How to Install Bicycle Pedals
More serious cyclists often find it is enjoyable to perform their own maintenance and repair on their bikes. Going through the various tasks of upkeep so that a bike performs at its highest capabilities will allow an owner to gain an intimate knowledge of the bike and even learn something about themselves as riders, and what they require from their equipment. If you are thinking of doing your own bicycle maintenance and repair, installing a new set of pedals is a great way to start.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bicycle repair stand or helper
  • Pedal wrench or an Allen wrench with a long handle
  • Liquid Wrench
  • Grease
  • Torque wrench (optional)
Step 1
Mount the bike securely into a bicycle repair stand or get someone to assist you and have him or her hold the bike securely.
Step 2
Go to the right side pedal assembly and turn the crank arm so that it is approximately in a horizontal position.
Step 3
Inspect the pedal assembly and see in what way your pedals are attached. The most common method uses flats near the pedal crank where a wrench can be inserted. If your setup does not have flats, then it has a hex fitting at the back side of the pedal thread. Use a bicycle pedal wrench for the traditional setup and a long-handled Allen wrench for the hex fitting.
Step 4
Insert the pedal wrench onto the flats near the right crank arm (or use the Allen wrench for the hex fitting) and turn the wrench counterclockwise to loosen and remove the pedal. Bicycle pedals are often on tight, and can be difficult to loosen. Try grasping the opposite side crank arm to gain additional leverage while you use the wrench, or adding some Liquid Wrench and allowing it to work on the threads.
Step 5
Go to the left pedal now and repeat Step 4, except for one very important difference; you will turn the wrench clockwise now to loosen and remove the old pedal. Right and left pedals have threads that work in opposite directions of one another. Get the direction in which to turn the wrench right so that you do not accidentally overtighten the pedals and strip the threads.
Step 6
Look at the new pedals and see if they are marked with an "L" and an "R" to determine which is the left and right pedal. If there are no markings, you can determine this by looking at the pedal threads. Right pedals have threads that slope upward and to the right, and left pedals have threads that slope upward and to the left.
Step 7
Apply the bicycle grease liberally to the pedal threads. Attach the new pedals by holding the wrench flats with your fingers to prevent them from turning, and then spin the pedals onto the crank until they are finger-tight.
Step 8
Get the pedals and crank aligned in a fashion similar to that of Step 4, using the wrench and opposite crank to get leverage. Tighten the pedals onto the crank with the wrench. Look up the specs for the torque that the bike and pedal manufacturers recommend and if possible, use a torque wrench to check that you have tightened them properly.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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