How to Change a Bicycle Pedal

How to Change a Bicycle Pedal
Maintaining and repairing your own bike can have more benefits than just saving you a little money. The work that is involved requires you to become very familiar with the mechanics of your bike, and this can pay off in a greater understanding of which adjustments and upgrades will allow you to get the best performance. Swapping out an old set of pedals for new ones is a perfect project for someone looking to get started in handling bicycle maintenance.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bicycle repair stand
  • Pedal wrench
  • Liquid Wrench lubricant
  • Bicycle grease
Step 1
Use a bicycle repair stand or get someone to help you hold the bicycle secure.
Step 2
Look at the right-side pedal assembly and the area of the pedal that is next to the crank. There are flat spots on the round part of the pedal between the pedal and the crank. These are known as pedal wrench flats.
Step 3
Apply some Liquid Wrench penetrant to the threads on both of the pedals, and allow it to work for 10 to 15 minutes. Bicycle pedals are notorious for being difficult to remove because they are on so tight.
Step 4
Insert the pedal wrench onto one of the pedal wrench flats of the right-side pedal. Then reach through the bike frame and grab hold of the opposite crank firmly to gain leverage so that you can generate a lot of force when turning the pedal wrench.
Step 5
Turn the wrench counterclockwise to loosen and then remove the pedal. Use the same method for the left pedal as you did for the right one, except that you must turn the wrench clockwise this time. Right and left bike pedals are threaded in opposite directions.
Step 6
Get the new pedals and identify which are the left and right pedal, either by finding "L" and "R" markings on them or by looking at the thread patterns. Right pedals will have threads that run up and to the right, and left pedals have threads that run up and to the left.
Step 7
Grab hold of the pedal wrench flats with your fingers on one hand, and spin the new pedals onto their respective cranks until they are "finger tight."
Step 8
Finish the job by tightening your new pedals securely, using the pedal wrench and again grasping the opposite crank.

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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