How to Remove or Change Bike Pedals

How to Remove or Change Bike Pedals

If you're like most people, you probably don't think about your bike pedals very often – if at all. Believe it or not, they play a pretty important role in keeping you safe on your bike.

That's why it's a good idea to change them every once in a while, to make sure they're in good condition. Don't worry – you don't need to be a mechanic to do this. With a few simple tools and a bit of know-how, anyone can remove or change bike pedals.

This is a necessary task if you want to transport your bike, or if you need to change a faulty pedal. You will either need to use a wrench or an Allen key. Whichever tool you choose, make sure you have the correct size and you’re careful not to damage the bike frame while removing your pedals!

The first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of pedals you have. There are two main types:

  • Platform
  • Pedal clips

    Platform pedals are the easiest to remove, while pedal clips require a bit more effort. Once you know what type of pedals you have, you can proceed with the following steps.

    Platform Pedals

    Platform Pedals

    If you have platform pedals, start by placing the wrench on the inside of the pedal (the side that faces the bike frame). Then, turn the wrench counterclockwise until the pedal pops off. Repeat this process for the other pedal.

    pedal Clips

    Pedal Clips

    If you have pedal clips, start by undoing the toe clip (the metal or plastic strap that goes over the top of your foot). Once the toe clip is undone, you should be able to twist the pedal off. If you can’t get the pedal off, you can use the wrench to loosen it. Repeat this process for the other pedal.

    Changing Pedals 

    To change pedals, first remove the old pedals (using the same method as above). Then, take the new pedals and line up the holes with the threads on the crank arm. Once they're lined up, put the wrench in the hole and turn it clockwise to tighten. Make sure the pedals are tight before you ride your bike!

    Whether you use a wrench or an Allen key, removing and installing bike pedals is a simple task if you follow this how to. Be careful not to damage the bike frame and be sure to have the correct size tool for the job. With a little care, you'll have the pedals off or on in no time!

    Key Takewaways

    1. Change your bike pedals every once in a while to keep them in good condition.
    2. Platform pedals are the easiest to remove, while pedal clips require more effort.
    3. Use a wrench or an Allen key for removal and installation, depending on the type of pedal you have.
    4. Be careful not to damage the bike frame when removing or installing pedals and make sure the pedals are tightly secured before riding.


    What is an Allen key?
    Allen keys are a common type of wrench that is used to remove and tighten bolts. The size of the Allen key will depend on the size of the bolt you're trying to remove or tighten.
    When using an Allen key to remove bike pedals, be careful not to strip the bolt. This can happen if you apply too much pressure or use the wrong size Allen key. To avoid this, use a lubricant on the bolt before trying to remove it. This will help loosen it and make it easier to remove.

    Do I need to grease bike pedals?
    No, you don't need to grease bike pedals. However, if you feel like your bike isn't functioning as smoothly as it should be, or if the pedals are making noise, then greasing them may help. To grease bike pedals, simply remove them from the bike and apply a small amount of Morgan Blue Race Oil to the threads. Be sure to wipe off any excess grease before re-attaching the pedals.

    Why can’t I take my bike pedal off?
    There are a few reasons why you might not be able to take your bike pedal off. The most common reason is that the pedals are tight and need to be loosened before they can be removed. Another possibility is that the pedals are rusted on and will need to be pried off. If you're having trouble removing your bike pedal, try using a pedal wrench or a pair of pliers. If the pedal is still stuck, you may need to take your bike to a mechanic for further assistance.

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