To change your pedals you will need:
– pedal spanner
– Drive side / non-drive side
– Crank arm
– Finger/hand/shoulder tight
Tip: Use the left
/ right arrow keys
Pedals are one of 3 spots on the bike that have a reverse thread. If you imagine you’re standing over the bike, pedals will tighten going forward, loosen going back. Which means that on the drive side of the bike, it’s normal thread, and on the non-drive side, it’s reverse thread – lefty tighty, righty loosey.
There’s a simple way to take pedals off without remembering this though. Position the crank arm so that it’s pointing forward. Place the pedal spanner so that it’s pointing back. Push down on both the pedal and pedal spanner. This can get tough, as pedals will tighten as you ride. If this is the case, you can stand on the pedal spanner. Repeat on the other side.
Put a small amount of grease on the threads. Pedals are directional – there is a right and left pedal. It’s really important that you don’t put the wrong pedal on the wrong side of the bike – you can strip the threads of your crank that way. It’s usually listed somewhere on the pedal, so give it a good look.
Screw the pedal back in. Remember that on the non-drive side, it will be lefty tighty. Make sure these are in shoulder tight.
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