How to Replace Your Pedals
Applies to both 1/2″ and 9/16″ thread sizes. The left pedal has a reverse thread.
Replacing a set of pedals on your bike may seem simple enough, but here’s a few tips that will help you prevent damage and make sure they stay on tight for those long rides. I recommend using a proper 15mm pedal wrench for this job, as they have a long handle and are designed to fit properly in the small axle slots.
When removing your pedals, the first step is to make sure you have both wheels firmly on the ground. This will give you better support for the leverage that is required to loosen your very tight pedal threads.
Right Pedal Removal
Loosen the right side pedal by turning counter-clockwise just like any traditional threaded nut. Notice how I have positioned the crank arm and pedal tool so that I can push down with more force.
Left Pedal Removal
It is very important to remember that the left pedal has a reverse thread, which keeps the pedal from unscrewing while you ride. To loosen the left side you will have to turn the wrench clockwise.
Before installing the new pedals, apply a thin coat of waterproof grease to the threads. This helps tighten your pedals and keep the treads from seizing, so that they can be removed in the future.
Tighten the right pedal by turning the wrench clockwise, and tighten the left pedal by turning counter-clockwise.
- Jim Langley: Pedal Basics
- Park Tool: Pedal Installation and Removal
- Sheldon Brown: More Pedal Information
- Bicycle Torque Specifications
- Park Tool PW-3 Pedal Wrench
- Phil Wood Waterproof Grease
- Park Tool SK-3 Starter Mechanic Tool Kit
- Park Tool PK-3 Professional Tool Kit
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