How To Take The Pedals Off Of A Bike
The following guide will teach you how to take the pedals off of a bike. If you plan on replacing or repairing your pedals, then it is necessary to take the pedals off of your bike. This is a relatively simple task, but it can be tricky for someone without bike repair experience.
To take the pedals off of a bike, you will need:
- Your bike
- A wrench (preferably a 15 mm pedal wrench)
- A bike stand or cinder blocks (optional)
- Replacement pedals (optional)
- Lay the bike on its side or prop it up with a bike stand. You can make a simple bike stand by pinning the back and front wheels with cinder blocks. A stand is not necessary, but it may make the process of taking off the pedals a little easier.
- Use your wrench to turn the nut on the right pedal counterclockwise. This will loosen the pedal and it will come right off.
- Use your wrench to turn the nut on the left pedal clockwise. The nut is reversed on the left pedal so that it does not accidentally become unscrewed during pedaling. This is the trickiest part of removing the pedals, because turning it counterclockwise will simply tighten the nut.
- If you are replacing your pedals, you should put a thin layer of grease on the threads. This prevents the pedals from becoming permanently stuck to the thread and it makes it easier to do future repairs or replacements. Whether you are replacing your pedals or not, you now know how to take the pedals off of a bike!