How to Remove and Fit Pedals on bicycle.

For what reason is it important to have the option to change your pedals?

Replacing or installing pedals is a straightforward procedure however one you want to make sure you get right because without them your bike is pointless.

For a few, the need to change pedals may be rare, yet for the individuals who regularly travel by their bike or swap pedals between bikes, it’s a procedure worth mastering.

The basic hints plot beneath works for both clipless pedals and standard flat pedals.

If you change the pedals along the way, and not in a specially equipped workshop, then

For your convenience, when changing pedals, place the bike on top of the wheels as shown in the picture

What you need

  • Pedal Wrench or Spanner: Speciality tool for taking pedals off
  • 8mm or 6mm Allen or Hex Key
  • 15mm wrench or spanner
  • Lubrication/grease
  • Tools


    Pedaks for bicycle

    Pedals for bicycle

While a 15mm open-finished spanner may work, a bicycle pedal wrench offers a narrower width to fit onto the commonly small gap gave. Another key factor is leverage, with bicycle-explicit pedal wrenches and hex keys typically offering a longer switch to free tight pedals with.

  • A few pedals will have a ‘wrench flat’ which is a flat surface on the top and bottom of the shaft for a wrench to fit to. A few pedals won’t have these flat surfaces, instead furnished with a Hex fitting in the shaft which requires an 8mm or 6mm Allen Key to remove and install pedals. 

    Removing the Pedals from the Non-Drive Side

    Before you start removing pedals, move the chain onto the large chainring. This will forestall the teeth of the large chainring cutting your hands in case of a slip or poor hand position.

    Allen Key: If you are utilizing an Allen Key to remove your pedals, you should access the Hex fitting from the inside of the crank arm. Start by placing the short arm of the Allen Key into the Hex fitting, enabling you to create leverage with the long arm. Fix the Allen Key into position with the crank arm at 6 O’Clock (pointing towards the ground) and the Allen Key at 90degrees to the crank arm, at 3 O’Clock (pointing towards the back of the bike). Keep the pedal still and push in a clockwise direction on the Allen Key until the pedal comes loose.

    Pedal Wrench: If you are utilizing a Pedal Wrench to remove your pedals, you will have the option to access the ‘Wrench Flat’ area of the pedal axle from outside the crank arm. Start by placing the Pedal Wrench onto the pedal axle with the crank arm at 9 O’Clock (facing towards the front of the bike) and the Pedal Wrench at 3 O’Clock (towards the rear of the bike). Keep the pedal still and push down on the wrench in an anti-clockwise direction until the pedal comes loose.

    In the two instances, once the pedal has been loosened, continue turning the pedal in the same direction until it falls off.

    A decent way to recall which way to the pedals falls off is to imagine that the Allen Key or Pedal Wrench will move the other way to the normal pedaling action.

    Removing the Pedals from the Drive Side

    Allen Key: The same procedure applies for removal of the pedals on the Drive Side, however this time in an anti-clockwise direction. Fix the Allen Key into position with the crank arm at 6 O’Clock (pointing towards the ground) and the Allen Key at 90degrees to the crank arm, at 3 O’Clock (pointing towards the back of the bike). Keep the pedal still and push in an anti-clockwise direction on the Allen Key until the pedal comes loose.

  • Pedal Wrench: The same procedure applies when utilizing a Pedal Wrench on the Drive Side. Start by placing the Pedal Wrench onto the pedal axle with the crank arm at 9 O’Clock (facing towards the front of the bike) and the Pedal Wrench at 3 O’Clock (towards the rear of the bike). Keep the pedal still and push down on the wrench in an anti-clockwise direction until the pedal comes loose.

  • Replacing the pedals

    Before replacing the pedals presently is a decent time to clean the thread on the pedals and inside of the cranks. Remove any soil, grime, and moisture with a towel or soft fabric before replacing the pedals.

    Once the threads of the pedal and crank arm are clean and dry, apply some grease or another sort of anti-cease compound onto the pedal and crank arms threads. This is to guarantee your pedal doesn’t get secured in position and get difficult to remove later on. It will also make it easier to fix the pedal into position.

    Allen Key: Place the pedal into the crank arm and utilize the Allen key (from the inside) to fix the pedal. For the drive side turn clock-wise, and anti-clockwise for the non-drive side. Continue turning the Allen key until the pedal is tight.

    Pedal Wrench: Start by screwing the pedal into the crank arm by hand until you feel some resistance. Then place the Pedal Wrench into position and start to fix, clockwise for the drive side, and anti-clockwise for the non-drive side.

  • Pedals for bicycle

    Pedals for bicycle

  • Other Important data

    How hard is too hard? It’s hard to realize exactly how tight pedals should be. 360 inch-pounds of torque is the common measurement for pedals, which equates to about 12-15kg of force applied onto a Pedal Wrench. Attempt to get the pedal as tight as conceivable without having to put your entire body into it. Arm tight ought to be sufficient.

    – If you have carbon crank arms it is wise to place a washer between the crank arm and the pedal. That way the pedal shaft won’t fit into the crank arm.

    – Much the same as each other component of your bike, pedals should be adjusted to guarantee they are smooth and performing optimally. Make a point to get them checked every 6-12 months, which will also fill in as a decent suggestion to take them off and re-grease them.