How To Remove Bicycle Pedals

Easy Steps to Remove Bicycle Pedals

Removing bicycle pedals may seem like a daunting task, especially for beginners, but with the right tools and technique, it can be relatively simple. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove bicycle pedals:

Essential Tools and Lubricant for Pedal Removal

Firstly, gather the necessary tools, which will typically include a pedal wrench and some lubricant. A pedal wrench is a specialized wrench designed specifically for pedals, with a thin profile to fit into the tight space between the crank arm and pedal body. Lubricant will help loosen any rust or corrosion. It is also helpful to have a rag or old towel to protect the bike’s frame.

Pedal Directions Matter: Avoid Damage

Next, locate the left and right pedals. The left pedal will have a reverse thread (counter-clockwise to tighten), while the right pedal has a regular thread (clockwise to tighten). This distinction is important since attempting to remove the pedals in the wrong direction can cause damage.

Elevate bike, loosen pedals cautiously

Now, position the bike so that it rests securely on the ground, but its rear wheel is elevated. This ensures stability and gives you ample space to work. Use the pedal wrench to grip the flats on the pedal axle tightly. For the left pedal, rotate the wrench clockwise, while for the right pedal, rotate it counter-clockwise. Apply moderate force to loosen the pedal but be cautious not to strip the threads or damage the crank arm.

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