Have you ever removed the bike pedals from your bike for any reason whatsoever? Removing and installing bike pedals may appear to be a “no-big-deal” kind of process. But if you’ve never changed your own pedals before there are some simple mistakes that could leave you with a stuck pedal and a ruined crank arm. So here is a quick run through the procedure and some helpful things you should know before changing your bike pedals. So, today we will talk about how to remove pedals from a bike.
Why Need to Remove Your Bike Pedals?
You might be figuring, why would I ever want to remove my bicycle pedals? They are a necessary part of the bike because, without them, it is difficult to ride or maneuver it. There are actually a couple of reasons that one may be pushed to remove the pedals of their bike and it could include but not limited to the following:
1. The pedals are stuck or clogged with muck, dirt, and debris which leads to an uneven surface for the foot. If the foot of the rider can’t rest appropriately on the pedal of the bike, the chance of injury is higher and there is more risk involved in using the bicycle.
2. The rubber on the pedals could be worn smooth, leaving no thread or grip for the rider’s foot. If their foot happens to slip off the pedal, control over the bike is lost and they can injure themselves or veer into other riders.
- Allen key
- Pedal Wrench
- Bike Spray
How to Remove Pedals From a Bike?
The key thing keeps in mind when removing pedals is that the two pedals have threads rotating in different directions. The non-drive side or left crank has a reverse thread, whilst the drive-side or the right crank is a standard thread.
1. Protect Your Knuckles
Start by shifting your chain onto the big ring, this means that any slips are less likely to result in chainring-related knuckle injury. This is one of those rare jobs that are easier to do with the bike resting the right way up on the ground rather than suspended in mid-air in a bike stand.
2. To the Left
Starting on the drive side, put the wrench into the 3 o’clock position, so it points forward, parallel to the ground. Most pedals will accept an Allen key in the back. Insert this so it sits below the level of the crank. Now push down and forwards, turning anticlockwise. You can use reasonable force.
3. To the Right
Swap to the opposite side and place the wrench in the 9 o’clock position. Repeat the procedure as before, pushing the Allen key down and forwards. This time the pedal will turn clockwise. Next, turn the pedal off. Make sure to keep any washers that fall out as you’ll need them when fitting your new pedals.
4. Clean Up and Inspect
Give the threads on the axle and inside the end of the wrench a quick wipe down and check for any sign of damage. If they look worn, your local bike shop can save the day by using a tapping tool. This only tends to be something to stress about if the pedals have been difficult to remove.
5. Squeeze of Grease
If you’re happy with the condition of your axle threads, add a quick squeeze of grease or anti-seize. This won’t just reduce the possibility of them squeaking as you pedal, but should ensure that the next time you come to remove them they’ll come undone without any struggle. It’s also good practice to put a touch of grease on the pedal axle too.
6. Spinback On
Find the markings on the pedals to distinguish between left and right. Replace any washers and gently thread the pedals back onto the crank as any force can cause damage. Each pedal will fix by turning towards the front of the bike. The right pedal goes on clockwise and the left, anticlockwise.
- If your pedals haven’t been removed pedals in some time. You may need to spray a little penetrating fluid, for example, GT85 or Muc Off Bike Spray, to get them started. If, after a couple of turns, you’ve managed to expose a few threads then spray the fluid once again, repeating every few threads until the pedals are removed. A dry, corroded thread can get damaged if you remove the pedal without a little help from a lubricant or oil.
- Before removing your bike pedals, protect yourself from possible injury by placing your chain onto the big ring.
- Keep in mind, the left pedal spindle is reverse threaded. Turn it clockwise to remove the bike pedal when facing the crank arm. The right side is normal, so turn it anti-clockwise to loosen the pedal.
Now you know the steps of removing bike pedals. If you follow the above procedure, you will able to remove your bike pedals. Make sure to inspect your pedals from time to time to ensure they are totally secure. And if you still aren’t sure about how your pedals feel, head to your nearby shop to have a mechanic double-check them.