How to Take Pedals Off a Bike: A Step-by-Step Guide

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If you’re new to biking, or if you just need a refresher on how to take pedals off a bike, this guide is for you. We will walk you through the process of removing both the right and left pedals on any type of bike. Let’s get started!

There are a few reasons why you might need to take the pedals off your bike. Maybe you’re getting ready to store your bike for the winter and want to make sure it’s in good condition. Or, maybe you’re transporting your bike in a car and need to take the pedals off so it will fit.

Whatever the reason, removing pedals from a bike is not difficult – if you follow the steps.

Prepare your bike on a flat surface

Before you begin removing the pedals from your bike, it’s important to secure the bike on a flat surface. This will help to prevent the bike from tipping over and making it easier for you to work on.

You can also place your bike in a repair stand if you have one. If you don’t have a repair stand, flip your bike over so that it is resting on the handlebars and seat. This will make it easier to remove the pedals.

The tools you’ll be using

One of the most important tools you’ll need is a spanner (wrench), which is used to loosen and tighten bolts. The size of the spanner you’ll need will depend on the size of the bike pedals. To find out what size you need, simply take a look at the pedal itself. There should be a small notch that indicates what size wrench to use. Once you know the right size, head to your local hardware store and pick up the spanner you need.

You may also want to have a piece of cloth or a rag on hand. This can be used to protect your hands from the grease that is often found on bike pedals.

Additional tools you may need

Depending on the type of bike you have, you may need a few additional tools to remove your pedals. For instance, if you have a BMX bike with one-piece cranks, you’ll need a crank puller. This tool is used to remove the crank arms from the bike frame.

If you’re not sure what type of bike you have or what tools you need, consult your bike’s owner’s manual. This will have all the information you need to remove your pedals from your specific bike.

You’ll also need a chain whip if you have a freewheel bike. If you have a cassette bike, you’ll need a lockring tool and a cog remover.

Now that we’ve gone over the tools you’ll need, let’s move on to removing the pedals.

Remove the dust cap

The first step in removing your bike pedals is to remove the dust cap. The dust cap is a small, round piece of plastic that covers the end of the axle. To remove it, simply use a flathead screwdriver to pry it off.

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Removing the left pedal off the bike

The left side pedal has a left-hand thread, which means that it removes clockwise and installs counterclockwise. Many pedals are also stamped with an “L” or an “R” to indicate which side they go on. If you’re ever unsure, remember that the left pedal always goes on the left side of the bike. Knowing which way to thread your pedals can save you a lot of time and frustration when you’re trying to get ready for a ride.

To remove the left pedal, start by using your wrench to loosen the locknut that is holding the pedal in place. You may need to use some force to get the locknut loose. Once it is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside.

Next, use your wrench to loosen the left crank bolt. This is the bolt that is holding the pedal to the crank arm. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once it is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag.

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Removing the right pedal off the bike

The right pedal has a right-hand thread, which means that it removes counterclockwise and installs clockwise. Just like the left pedal, the right pedal is also stamped with an “L” or an “R” to indicate which side it goes on. If you ever forget which way to thread the pedals, remember that the right pedal always goes on the right side of the bike.

To remove the right pedal, start by using your wrench to loosen the locknut that is holding the pedal in place. Once it is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your wrench to loosen the right crank bolt. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once it is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag.

Installing the pedals

The Grease

There are a few different ways to apply grease when installing bike pedals, but the most important thing is to make sure that the grease is distributed evenly. One way to do this is to put a small amount of grease on your fingers and then rub it onto the threads of the pedal. Another way is to put a small amount of grease on a rag and then wipe it onto the threads.

Whichever method you choose, be sure to apply the grease sparingly, as too much can make it difficult to turn the pedals. Once you’ve applied the grease, screw on the pedals and tighten them until their snug.

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Installing the left pedal

Now that you’ve removed both pedals and greased threads of the pedals, it’s time to install the new ones. Start by screwing on the left pedal. Remember, the left pedal has a left-hand thread, which means that it installs clockwise. Once the pedal is tight, use your wrench to tighten the left crank bolt. Again, remember to use a rag to protect your hands from the grease.

Installing the right pedal

Next, it’s time to install the right pedal. The right pedal has a right-hand thread, which means it installs counterclockwise. Once the pedal is tight, use your wrench to tighten the right crank bolt. And that’s it! You’ve successfully removed and installed both pedals on your bike.

Removing Bike Pedals FAQ

How do you remove a stubborn bike pedal?

If you’re having trouble removing a bike pedal, try using a pedal wrench or an Allen wrench to loosen the locknut. You may need to use some force to get it loose. Once the locknut is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your wrench to loosen the crank bolt. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once the crank bolt is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag.

Why can’t I remove my pedals?

There are a few reasons why you might not be able to remove your pedals. First, make sure that you’re using the correct tools. If you’re having trouble removing the locknut, try using a pedal wrench or an Allen wrench. Second, make sure that the crank bolt is loosened. If the crank bolt is too tight, you won’t be able to remove the pedal. Finally, make sure there is no grease or dirt on the threads. If there is, use a rag to clean it off.

How do you remove pedals without a tool?

If you don’t have a tool, you can remove the pedals by hand. First, use your fingers to unscrew the locknut. Once the locknut is loose, remove it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your fingers to unscrew the crank bolt. Once the crank bolt is loose, remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag.

How do you remove a pedal with an Allen wrench?

To remove a pedal with an Allen wrench, first, loosen the locknut. Once the locknut is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your wrench to loosen the crank bolt. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once the crank bolt is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag.

Can you use an adjustable wrench to remove the bike pedals?

Yes, you can use an adjustable wrench to remove bike pedals. First, loosen the locknut. Once the locknut is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your wrench to loosen the crank bolt. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once the crank bolt is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag.

What size wrench do I need to remove bike pedals?

The size of the wrench you need to remove bike pedals depends on the type of bike pedals you have. For standard pedals, you will need a 15mm wrench. For pedals with an integrated spindle, you will need a pedal wrench or an Allen wrench.

How do you remove a bike pedal with clips?

To remove a bike pedal with clips, first loosen the locknut. Once the locknut is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your wrench to loosen the crank bolt. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once the crank bolt is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag. The clips are located inside the pedal body. To remove them, you will need to use a pedal wrench or an Allen wrench.

How do you remove a bike pedal with toe clips?

To remove a bike pedal with toe clips, first, loosen the locknut. Once the locknut is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your wrench to loosen the crank bolt. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once the crank bolt is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag. The toe clips are located inside the pedal body. To remove them, you will need to use a pedal wrench or an Allen wrench.

How do you remove a bike pedal with a power meter?

To remove a bike pedal with a power meter, first, loosen the locknut. Once the locknut is loose, unscrew it by hand and set it aside. Next, use your wrench to loosen the crank bolt. Again, you may need to use some force to get it loose. Once the crank bolt is loose, unscrew it by hand and remove the pedal from the crank arm. If there is any grease on the threads, you can clean it off with a rag. The power meter is located inside the pedal body. To remove it, you will need to use a pedal wrench or an Allen wrench.

What torque should your pedals be?

The torque for your pedals will depend on the type of bike you have. For a road bike, the recommended torque is 40-60 Nm. For a mountain bike, the recommended torque is 35-50 Nm. For a BMX bike, the recommended torque is 30-40 Nm.

How often should you replace your pedals?

You should replace your pedals when they start to show signs of wear and tear. If you ride your bike frequently, you may need to replace them more often. You can also have them serviced by a bike mechanic to extend their life.

With these tools and some elbow grease, you’ll have your pedals off in no time! And that’s it! You’ve now successfully removed your bike pedals. Wasn’t that easy? Now you can get to work on fixing or transporting your bike without having to worry about the pedals getting in the way. Stay safe out there!

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