Required tools and materials
Before removing the pedals, it is necessary to prepare the tool and auxiliary materials that are most likely to be needed.
- lubrication. it is recommended to clean and lubricate the removed parts;
- cleaning rags;
- kerosene or solvent. in case the axles do not unscrew or there are large contaminated areas.
- an adjustable wrench is a universal solution, a small one is desirable, otherwise it will be difficult to get to the nut;
- open-end wrench for 15. fits almost all models;
- bicycle kit. in case of emergency;
- pedal wrench. supplied by manufacturers for non-standard nuts and just in sets;
- puller. addition to the foot pedals. a standard tool, often supplied by the manufacturer, serves to hold the axle when turning to the side with a wrench.
Removing bicycle pedals
When starting to dismantle the pedal, it is important to remember that the thread on bicycle pedals is different, namely: the axis of the left pedal has a left thread, therefore it is unscrewed clockwise, and right. right and unscrewed counterclockwise.
Removal process for conventional pedals:
- To begin with, the system slides in the direction of the steering wheel, and then the pedals are gently unscrewed from the crank.
- Remove the plug located at the end of the platform, thereby opening the lock nut.
- We unscrew the lock nut, while holding the axle at the connecting rod with the second key.
- Remove the lock washer located at the end.
- Unscrew the cone.
- Removing the platform from the axle, do not forget about the bearings. Better to shoot them separately. If they are loose, then you should put a rag or sheet so that the balls do not roll in different directions.
The process of removing the clipless pedals:
- On the pedal in the place indicated by the arrow (see figure), fix the puller and unscrew.
- Removing the axle from the pedal body without much effort.
- Unscrew the lock nut securing the entire axial structure. To do this, you need to hold the axis itself with a key, or clamp it in a vice.
- We take out all the nodes in order. At the same time, do not forget about the bearings and make sure that they do not scatter.
For reference: on each side, their quantity is 12 pieces.
Important! Due to the constant influence of the environment and the serious mechanical stress to which the pedal is subjected, some difficulties may arise when twisting this unit. Experienced cyclists use two techniques to make it easier to remove the pedals:
- The bicycle pedal can be soaked in solvent or kerosene to get rid of any clogged dirt blocking rotation as much as possible.
- The connecting rod and axle can be heated: slight deformation will loosen the threads and help remove the axle.
It is also important in the process of installing the pedal, while twisting the axle, not to damage the thread, because this will significantly complicate the subsequent removal process. Everything needs to be done as carefully as possible.!
How to replace pedals on a bicycle
Removing the pedals from the bike is easy enough, but don’t forget about preparing tools and materials, as well as possible problems. The main thing is to keep the entire system in order, since in case of damage or other problems, the inconvenience of using the bike will be very great.
How to remove pedals from a bike
- The bike must be packed in a cover;
- The pedal creaks, crunches and therefore needs to be cleaned;
- The pedals do not creak yet, but you carry out regular maintenance (if everything is in order, then it is enough to clean, lubricate and adjust the pedals once a year or two);
- You change the pedal to a new one;
- There is a need to set up a new pedal.
To do this, you will need a special pedal wrench (it can be replaced with a 15 mm open-end wrench or a 6 or 8 mm socket wrench), rags and grease.
How to remove pedals from a bike
Put the bike on wheels (using a special stand that keeps the bike suspended, specifically for this case, is not the best option, because when unscrewing the pedals, you have to apply a very large force, which can be extinguished by the stand structure).
Please note that the threads on the left and right pedals are different! This is to prevent the left pedal from spinning out spontaneously when cycling. Thus, you unscrew the right pedal (on the side where the stars are), as usual, counterclockwise; but to loosen the left pedal, you need to turn the key clockwise. This is very important to remember so as not to tighten the left pedal even more.!
If you need to remove both pedals, start with the right. Place the connecting rod parallel to the ground, pointing it forward. So it will be more convenient for you to unscrew the nut, pressing your weight on the key; you are also less likely to hit the frame stays in the rear wheel area. Be careful not to injure your fingers on the chainrings! After loosen the pedal, unscrew it completely, making sure that the washers, which may be there, do not roll away anywhere.
To unscrew the left pedal, orient the crank in the same way. We remind you again: here you need to unscrew it clockwise!
After you have removed the pedal, first of all, so as not to forget, wipe the threads in the connecting rods. remove the remaining grease and dirt.
How to disassemble, adjust and assemble the pedal
Now proceed to disassemble the pedal itself. Holding the axle from the end that was screwed into the connecting rod, loosen the nut at its other end with a hexagon or another wrench. If you do not see a nut or a groove for a hexagon on the second side of the axis, look, perhaps there is an overlay. pry it with a knife and remove it. After unscrewing all nuts, remove the axle and all bearings.
Wash all parts in gasoline or kerosene, wipe dry. After that, you can start assembling.
Grease the bearings and lay them down with the balls towards the inside of the pedal. Now. put on the axle, screw on the cone and locknut (if there were washers, then also place them where they were).
Bicycle Pedal Removal and Installation
Before screwing the pedal to the bike, you need to adjust it. Take it by the axle and twist it. The pedal should rotate as easily as possible, while there should be no backlash. well, perhaps only the very minimum. The adjustment is carried out as follows: by unscrewing or tightening the lock nut, ensure that the pedal rotates with sufficient ease. As soon as you get a satisfying effect, you can screw the pedals to the cranks (apply some lubricant to the threads).
At the same time, remember that you need to tighten them in the opposite direction to unscrewing: the right, as usual, clockwise, and the left counterclockwise. Start spinning the pedals with your hands first in order to fit them as correctly as possible without breaking the thread.
Video changing the pedals on the bike:
If you have never removed the wheels from a bicycle before, then you may also be afraid that you will not be able to cope, especially with the rear wheel (after all, there is a chain, a bunch of stars and this tricky switch!). But now we will tell you everything about this simple operation.
In this article, we will answer not only the question “why does the bicycle creak”, but also tell about all the extraneous sounds that may appear during riding: creak, grinding, crunching, rustling, whistling, crackling, banging.
So, we continue the series of articles on disassembling individual bike assemblies. We have already unscrewed the pedals, today we will tell you about how to remove the connecting rods.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to disassemble the bike. As a rule, this is done for its transportation, storage or in order to replace some of its nodes.
Summer is just around the corner, if you have not yet had time to prepare the bike for the new season, now is the time!
How to put a pedal on a bike.
By the way, before starting the installation process, it would be very good to clean from old grease and dirt with a degreaser not only the thread on the pedal axis, but also the thread in the connecting rods.
Degreaser (degreaser) is a special degreasing compound designed to remove dirt, grease, oil.
When you may need to remove bike pedals
The peculiarity of the pedals is that they have symmetrical threads.
Each of them must have a label: which is left and which is right. Usually these are the English letters L. Left (left) and R –Right (right), respectively, for the left and right pedals.
The left pedal is always made with a left hand thread. This means that it twists counterclockwise and unscrews clockwise.
On the right, there is a regular right-hand thread. Twists clockwise and unscrews counterclockwise.
This is done so that when the pedals are spinning while the bike is moving, they do not unscrew.
It is easier to remember the rule: the pedals are unscrewed against the direction of the bicycle’s movement. twist to the rear wheel, and twist in the direction of travel. twist to the front wheel.
How to check the pedal
It is advisable to check the condition of the pedals, their tightness, the absence of backlash and the condition of the case before each trip. You can just stand with your foot on it, and then, twisting, watch and listen to how it rotates on the axis. If there is no visual beating and unnecessary sounds. everything is fine, you can go.
Remember, if the pedal twists out, breaks or is lost while driving, you are unlikely to be able to go somewhere, and the risk of injury is quite high.
What tool are pedals removed
When using an adjustable wrench, be sure to pay attention to its thickness. The fact is that the distance between the pedal mount and the connecting rod is not large, and not every adjustable wrench will fit there. Some types of wrenches come with thin jaws that can be used. Open-end wrenches or special pedal keys are great for this operation.
If the thread on the axle “stuck” to the connecting rod and is not removed
It is more logical to try to warm up this place with a construction hairdryer or a powerful soldering iron. When working with a hair dryer, heat exactly the junction of the axle and the connecting rod and monitor the temperature of the pedal body, especially if it is plastic.
It’s definitely not worth warming up this place with an open fire.
How to install and remove bicycle pedals
In this article, I will describe the process of removing and installing bicycle pedals. Bicycle pedals are mounted on cranks, which are attached to the carriage, which, in turn, is installed in the carriage assembly of the bicycle frame. You don’t need any special tools to remove the pedals from the bike, such as removing the cranks. I use a regular adjustable wrench (not large, otherwise it will not fit into the nut), you can also use a 15 mm open-end wrench or a pedal wrench, some pedals can also be removed with a regular 6 or 8 mm socket wrench, which are in the bicycle set.
All the designations of the pedals will be based on the assumption that the bicycle is on wheels, that is, the right pedal is the one on which you put your right foot while riding, the left pedal, respectively, is the left foot. Stand when unscrewing the pedals on the same side from which they are located. All this is necessary in order not to confuse the direction of unscrewing the pedals.
The right pedal (with stars) has a regular thread and is unscrewed counterclockwise, and the left pedal (without stars) has a reverse thread. left-sided and unscrewed clockwise. To remove the pedals, take a suitable wrench and unscrew the axle in the desired direction. Later in the article I will write some tips if you cannot loosen the pedals.
Place the bike on wheels, set the pedal so that the crank is directed towards the front wheel.
Take a key, preferably a bicycle key, it is long enough to give a suitable lever. Install the wrench so that it is almost parallel to the crank arm, if possible.
Press the key in the desired direction (right pedal counterclockwise, left pedal clockwise). This position will allow you to make maximum efforts and push the key with your whole body.
If the pedals do not unscrew, then the place where they are screwed to the connecting rod can be heated. Due to the fact that the material from which the pedals and cranks are made expand at different rates when heated, this can help when removing the pedals. Keep in mind that you can only heat up by pouring hot water onto the connecting rod, do not use burners for this purpose, an open flame will damage the connecting rods.
In cycling, the most gentle technique is the circular rotation. There is no need to press on the pedals. they need to be turned smoothly, alternately transferring the load to different parts of the foot. At first, this process will have to be regulated by smoothly rotating the pedals so that during the ride, the legs move, describing a circle along the axis of the carriage. At first, the legs will slip, so it makes sense to stock up on contact pedals that fix the position of the foot.
The technique is designed for processes that alternate the work of different muscle groups. The rotation takes place in 4 stages:
- Climb. During lifting, flexion of the hip and lower leg occurs.
- Push forward. When pushing forward, the foot is unbent.
- Pressure. There is a simultaneous extension of the thigh and lower leg.
- Pushing back. When pushing off, the foot bends.
To master the circular technique, it is recommended to perform exercises that include pedaling without applying force, due to the weight of the leg, alternately scrolling the pedal with one foot, circular rotation with both legs simultaneously.
Why do my legs hurt?
Most novice cyclists, who are primarily engaged in controlling and maintaining balance, do not reach their hands (and in our case, legs) to master the pedaling technique. Such cyclists simply pedal one by one and take muscle pain for granted, without thinking about its causes. However, any pain is a sure signal that we are doing something wrong.
Most often, sharp pain after improperly conducted training is felt in:
- calf muscles;
- knee joints.
Calves can ache due to improper fit (unadjusted saddle height and tilt) or muscle weakness. over, in the latter case, the problem is solved by training, and in the first case, by careful adjustment.
But knee pain can develop into a serious disease. deforming arthrosis of the knee joint. The fact is that the muscles easily adapt to cycling loads, but the joints are unable to adequately perceive them. Historically, humans have never had to bend and unbend their knees as often as when riding a bicycle. Our body is not adapted for this, and the knee joints quickly “wear out”.
This problem cannot be completely cured, and you can earn such a diagnosis with the intensive passage of your first thousand kilometers. This is true, first of all, for professional athletes, but ordinary cyclists who are inclined to frequent and long walks also need to take care of their own safety.
How to pedal on a bike
At first glance, controlling a bike is a simple matter. It would seem, what is easier? Spin the pedals and go! But how to pedal on a bicycle correctly in order to overcome several hundred kilometers with pleasure and health benefits? It turns out that there are special rules for this.
Before getting behind the wheel of your bike, make sure the vehicle you choose is right for you. To do this, place your straightened leg on the pedal in the lower position: the foot should lie completely on the pedal, and not touch it only with the toe. If you have to stand on tiptoe to pedal, adjust the saddle height. Be sure to make sure the saddle has zero slope. Only it allows you to correctly distribute the load on all muscle groups and travel long distances.
To understand which parts of the foot the load falls on, it is enough to take off the socks and pay attention to the dirty areas. The heels and above the metatarsal bones will be the darkest. It is these parts of the foot that hold 80% of our weight, the remaining 20% are in the toes and the central part of the foot. That is why pedaling with the center of your foot is as irrational as pedaling with your heels. Place your foot so that the base of your big toe is completely above the pedal axis. In addition, you need to pedal “symmetrically” with the same parts of the feet on both feet. Such a setting may immediately seem unusual, but it will definitely justify itself over time.
When choosing a speed transmission, pay attention to the cadence. For proper pedaling, it is normal to ride in a low gear with a high pedaling frequency. For an adult, physically developed person, the optimal cadence is not less than 60 and not more than 90 revolutions per minute. You can count them with the help of a bicycle tracker or on your own (the latter, of course, is more difficult, taking into account the fact that a lot of physical activity will already fall on you). When calculating the cadence, it is important to remember that the value of the indicator is influenced by the anatomical features of each person and the state of his health.
Sitting or standing?
This question can be easily answered by anyone who has had time to feel the difference: it is much more difficult to pedal while standing. When we stand up over the saddle, in the so-called dancer technique, both our own energy consumption and the wear and tear of the bike increase. The bike can break from the increased pressure: the chain breaks, the steering wheel bends, the pedals are deformed. The standing position is used in extreme riding or on long bike cruises to change body position.
During sharp climbs, it is also not at all necessary to rise. Just relax, change gears as you go, and take proper breathing. On a slight rise, place your hands on the steering horns and try to drive while sitting as long as possible.
In general, pedaling requires discipline and self-organizing skills from a beginner. Otherwise, learning how to pedal correctly is easy. The main thing is to realize in time what harm can be done to the body if this is not done.
Removing the pedal from the bike: step by step instructions
Having once tried to disassemble the pedals yourself, you will quickly remember the following algorithm for removing this important bike:
- Move the pedaling system towards the steering wheel;
- Using a screwdriver, slowly disconnect the pedals from the crank;
- Having removed the plug at the end of the platform, open the lock nut;
- I use a different key, unscrew the lock nut, be sure to hold the axle against the connecting rod;
- Remove the washer located at the end;
- Unscrew the cone;
- Separately remove the bearings, make sure that they disappear from your sight;
- Remove the platform from the axle.
The process of disassembling contact devices is more complex. To deal with it, use pullers with which you can hold the axle.
Assembling the bicycle pedal
After all the necessary repairs have been carried out, the pedal must be assembled and then reinstalled.
The installation of the pedal should be started by applying grease to the bearing cup in such an amount that the bearing balls easily “stick” and do not pop out. Use tweezers to place the balls. It is very important to correctly match each set of balls to the correct bearing. Further, as soon as the balls are in the bearing cups, carefully install the axle on the cone, tighten so that the backlash does not appear in the pedal housing. Correctly installed pedal rotates without difficulty or squeak. Then replace the washer, tighten the nut to secure and close the hole with the plug.
Despite the general model of the mechanism, the constructive set of components of the pedal may be different depending on the type of this rotational part of the bicycle. There are contact and conventional pedals, differing in platform: the first has special mounts for shoes and their device is a little more complicated than all the usual simple pedals. There are also combined types that combine both a contact device and a conventional pad.
How to check the pedal
It is very important to prevent the formation of backlash. free play. on the pedal axis. You can check the part for its presence by holding the axle and moving the platform back and forth. Noticed a backlash. tighten the lock nut under the plug more tightly.
How to disassemble the pedal sleeve?
To disassemble the pedal sleeve, you just need to adhere to the following sequence of actions:
- Disconnect the plug from the end of the nut;
- Unscrew the lock nut;
- Remove the cone nut.
To surely learn the algorithm for disassembling and installing pedals, you need to understand how they work.
Firstly, the bicycle pedal is one of the most important components of the system, which also includes sprockets, connecting rods, shanks, axle, accessories, platform, bearings known to all cyclists. The last four together form a complex system of parts known as the “pedal”.
How To Remove Bike Pedals From a Bike Quickly & Easily. No Pedal Wrench Needed!
So, the axis is a pin made of metal. It is screwed into the connecting rod and taken as the basis of the pedal. The platform is in contact with the feet. It is fixed on the axis, connecting everything with a bearing, which is responsible for the rotation of the pedal. And finally, the hardware consists of bolts and nuts. It is needed to fix all the elements of the described structure.
After analysis, you need to know how to properly install the pedals on the bike. Previously, the joints and parts are cleaned and lubricated. Check for the presence of grease on the threads. Additionally treated with anti-corrosion solutions.
If there are traces of past grease, they are removed with a special degreasing solution.
Everything is screwed in perpendicular to the axis so as not to skew. Experts recommend that all actions be carried out without tools. You need to tighten it carefully, without damaging the thread. The pedals are installed according to the same algorithm only in the reverse order. Everything is fastened by hand, tightened with keys, excess grease is removed with a rag. After installation, everything is checked in the following sequence:
- the reliability of the clamps;
- screed quality;
- lack of backlash;
- presence of gaps.
If necessary, tighten the nuts with a wrench, eliminate the gaps that appear. It is useful to inspect the case for cracks or chips. In a practical test, step on the pedal with your foot and rotate it several times. Check the action visually and by ear.
An incorrectly installed bicycle pedal is potentially injury-prone. It can jam or fall apart while driving.
Cycling enthusiasts, professional athletes should investigate the device of transport, individual details. Bicycle maintenance and repair is a simple undertaking if you know the internal components of the structure. It is enough to study the instructions, have a set of keys and materials. By following the algorithm, you can avoid the classic mistakes when changing pedals.
After installing the pedals, you should check the reliability of the clamps and the quality of the tie If necessary, tighten the nuts with a wrench, eliminate the gaps that appear.It is advisable to stand with your foot on the pedal and rotate it several times, checking the action visually and by ear
How to remove the pedal from the bike and replace the connecting rod
The pedal is a simple part, but the long life can cause some disassembly problems. Therefore, many experts recommend systematic maintenance of the vehicle, despite the fact that many do not attach importance to this issue.
Let us analyze in which cases it is necessary to remove the pedals:
- the part is damaged and requires replacement;
- lubricate the elements;
- replacement or repair of the connecting rod;
- you need to understand the features of the system and understand how it works.
Before removing the pedal from the bike, the following tools should be prepared:
- open-end wrench 15;
- adjustable wrench;
- if there is a non-standard solution of the manufacturer in the fastening elements, then usually the set contains a key for removing the pedal.
How to unscrew the pedals on a bike?
The pedal is a simple part, but due to some mounting features and a very long service life, not every cyclist is able to remove them from their bike on their own. Why remove the pedals?
- Change them after damage.
- Pedal lubrication.
- Connecting rod repair or replacement.
How To Change Pedals. Remove And Replace Your Bicycle Pedals
First, let’s look at how they are arranged, what types are there, what features should be considered, what tools to prepare before work.
How to unscrew the pedals
Dismantling is carried out in strict sequence. To remove the pedals, free space, materials and tools are prepared in advance. They put the transport on wheels to simplify the process. There is no need to fix the bike. Then remove the right pedal. It is important to know in which direction to set the connecting rod (for the right. at 3 o’clock, for the left. at 9 o’clock).
The connecting rod should face the front wheel and remain parallel to the floor. The right pedal is turned counterclockwise, and the left pedal clockwise. Remove the pedals for the bike. Cleanse them from dirt and put them aside. The plug is removed from the side of the platform. the lock nut is unscrewed.
The second key supports the axle when unscrewing the locknut.
Remove the washer and proceed to the platform last. After the entire system has been removed, remove the bearings. In the process, they use a 15 mm open-end wrench, a 6 x 8 x 10 mm hex wrench, and an adjustable one. The bicycle pedal bushing must be cleaned and lubricated.
If the bearings are of a modular type, they are removed over a cloth or spread with newspaper so as not to lose the balls.
Take into account that the thread on the left pedal is in the opposite direction. Before changing the left one, the dismantling of the right part is completed. The rest of the algorithm does not change. For mountain bikes or modified models, remove the products according to the same instructions.
To remove the right pedal, turn it counterclockwise, while the connecting rod should be facing the front wheel and remain parallel to the floor After completing the dismantling of the right part, proceed to the left one. it should be turned in the opposite direction.Before installing a new pedal, carefully remove dirt from the threaded connections and apply a thin layer of lubricant
How to remove pedals from a bike without a puller?
Bicycles are the most popular and convenient form of transport. For some, this is recreation, sports and a great way to attract attention, for example, while performing original stunts on a two-wheeled bike. However, do not forget about timely maintenance and repair. That is why many cycling enthusiasts are faced with the problem of how to remove the pedal from the bike. Having penetrated into the structure of transport, you can easily learn how to carry out repairs yourself. Thus, it will be possible to avoid various unforeseen breakdowns.
You need to know how to remove pedals from a bicycle for repair, preventive cleaning. Parts of different types of parts are identical. A distinction is made between standard and clipless pedals. The latter are distinguished by a special fastening for better grip with special shoes. Standard products consist of the following elements:
What to do if the thread is stuck
When dismantling, a common problem can arise. sticking of the threads. You can cope with it yourself. The place of boiling is treated with a special composition WD-40, left for a few minutes. After a while, try to work on the mount again. WD-40 can be replaced with similar formulations.
Ordinary kerosene will do, but then the liquid is kept on the fasteners for up to three hours or more.
In difficult cases, it will not work to eliminate sticking with kerosene and even a special liquid. Then the installation becomes more difficult. Experts recommend lengthening the lever, putting a wrench on the pipe to increase the impact force. Small bicycle keys will be useless. There are other ways:
- pour boiling water over the junction;
- warm up with a construction hairdryer;
- heat with a soldering iron.
It is forbidden to use open fire. Any heating is prohibited for plastic products, therefore the choice of pedals affects the way of dismantling. It is permissible to hit the thread hard, but the blow must be accurate, it is forbidden to mechanically act on the connecting rod.
Heating helps to facilitate removal. The process gradually reduces the stocking density.
If the thread has become attached, this place is treated with WD-40 and left for a few minutes, after which they try to unscrew the pedal again.In difficult cases, you can pour boiling water over the junction, warm it up with a hair dryer or a soldering iron