How To Fit & Remove Bike Pedals With Ease

How To Fit & Remove Bike Pedals With Ease


– In this video, I’m going
to quickly and clearly show you how to fit
and remove bike pedals. Now before I do, if you appreciate our content and you’d like to support the channel, please click Subscribe and
the bell notification icon. (upbeat music) To fit and remove bike pedals, you will need one of the following tools: a dedicated pedal spanner or pedal wrench. But, if you don’t have one of these, then you can also use a 15
millimeter flathead spanner or most modern pedals are
designed to be removed by an Allen key or hex wrench. This is most commonly eight millimeters. However, some other ones
can use six millimeters. Optional bonus tools are a
rag to clean the pedal threads and some grease for the threads. How to do it: well the first thing to realize is that pedals are left-
and right-specific. So you have to make sure
you get the correct one for the correct side. Now if you’re unsure which is which, then pedals like this
often have an L and an R printed on the pedal axle to tell you. Something which can cause confusion is that left and right
pedals have opposite threads. So a right-hand pedal
has a clockwise thread and a left-hand pedal has a reverse thread. The reason for this is to
stop the left pedal unwinding as you pedal along. And a fun fact for you is that this wasn’t an
inspired piece of engineering that came about during the conception of the original bicycle. It was actually a solution to the problem of stopping people’s pedals unwinding as they rode along back in the day. If you’re installing used
pedals onto a used crank, then a good idea is to get that rag that we spoke about earlier and wipe off the old grease
and dirt on both surfaces and apply some fresh grease
before putting it in. This isn’t essential,
but it’s recommended, as it can help stop the pedals
seizing and getting stuck. To install the pedal, simply place the bike
against a wall like this. It’s actually easier to
use it against a wall rather than to put it in
a fancy workshop stand because if you want to
remove pedals as well, you can put more weight into the bike rather than if it’s on a stand. Now what we’re going to
do is rotate the crank arm (arm cranks) into the forwards position. An easy way to remember which direction you will tighten and loosen each pedal, is by putting the crank arm
in this forward position and then thinking about the direction in which you pedal and turn the cranks. So, to pedal, we push down on the crank. We’re going clockwise, which is the same direction to tighten it. To loosen it, we would go upwards, like we were pedaling backwards. So to tighten it, put the pedal in and start like that. If you can start by hand, that’s good, ’cause it means you’re less
likely to strip the threads on the pedal. You don’t want to do that. It should feel nice and smooth. It should just go in nice and easily like that. To tighten it, take this
end of the Allen key, insert it, and then just push down, while pulling up a bit on the pedal. (arm cranks) It doesn’t have to be super, super tight. That’s tight enough. If you’re using a pedal
spanner or a wrench, then it’s just the same as
you would with an Allen key. There’s a little notch
here next to the threads where the spanner can fit in like that. So I’ll move the crank
into the 3:00 position, facing forwards again, put the pedal in, so I start it by hand. I can actually get it on most of the way. And then I’ll finish it to tighten it with the spanner. (upbeat music) Sorted. If you’ve got a really tight pedal and you’re struggling to get it off with the Allen key you’ve got, a hack you can do is to get
a tube or a piece of pipe and put it over the end of your Allen key so that you create a longer lever and generate more leverage and hopefully get it off more easily. (upbeat music) There we go. And that got it. (upbeat music) I hope you found this video
useful and informative. If you have, please give it a thumb’s up. And if you’d like to watch a
video on how pedals are made, you can do it there. And if you’d like to watch one that explains the differences between road-specific pedals and
mountain bike pedals, we’ve got that, too, just down there.