How To Remove And Install Pedals For Absolute Beginners


Removing and installing pedals is a skill every biker needs to learn. It will come handy whether you are packing your bike for a trip or replacing worn-out pedals. While it may seem like a straightforward task, it can be complicated. Make sure that you do it properly to enhance your bike’s performance and ensure your comfort. 

If you want to learn how to remove bike pedals and install them, keep on reading, and we’ll let you know how to do it like a pro. 

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Remove Bike Pedals 

Have you noticed that your mountain bike pedals are making a squeaky noise? Are they harder to pedal than usual? You might need to replace them! If that’s the case, then below are the steps on how to remove bike pedals. 

Before you start, take note of the differences in bike pedal threading. The right side has a right-hand thread. The left side, on the other hand, has a left-hand thread. This is the case whether it is in road bike, mountain bike, BMX bike, or pedals in any other bike. 

1. Get the Bike in Position 

The first thing to do is to get the bike ready for the removal of its pedals. Rest the bike on a flat surface if it has a kickstand. Otherwise, you can lean it against the wall so that it can be stable as you work on it. Alternatively, you can also use a bicycle repair stand.

2. Shift the Chain 

Before working on the pedals, you should first shift your chain into the big ring. This will protect your knuckles and minimize the chances of an injury. It is one step that most people miss despite its importance in keeping you safe and sound. Slamming your hand into the teeth of the chainring is possible, and this can hurt a lot! As an added safety measure, keep your hand holding the top of the wrench. 

3. Inspect the Pedals 

Check the pedals so that you will know the kind of wrench that you will need for its removal. The space between the crank arm and the pedal will determine which wrench is appropriate. If you can see spanner flats, then you should be using a spanner wrench. For an adult bike, you will need a 15mm pedal spanner wrench. 

On the other hand, if you see a hexagonal socket instead of flats, then you will need to use and Allen-key wrench instead. A 6mm Allen-key wrench will work in most bikes.  

4. Remove the Pedal on the Drive Side 

Now that you are ready, start on the drive side or the left pedal. Position the crank at three o’clock. In this position, it will be parallel to the ground. 

For a pedal spanner wrench, position the tool in the pedal spindle and turn the crank arm at a nine o’clock position. It should face the bike. Meanwhile, hold the pedal wrench at a three o’clock position. Push the wrench down in the opposite direction and wait until the pedal has loosened. 

If you are using an Allen-key wrench, place the crank arm at a six o’clock position. The wrench, on the other hand, should be at a three o’clock position. Hold the pedal, turn it counterclockwise, and remove. 

5. Remove the Pedal on the Non-Drive Side 

Now, move to the non-drive or right side of the bike. Position the crank at nine o’clock. Do the same thing as mentioned above. The main difference is that this time, move it clockwise. Whether you are going to use a pedal spanner wrench or an Allen wrench, all that you have to do is to reverse the step above. Once the pedal is loose, remove it off the bike. 

As you remove the pedals on both sides, pay attention to washers that are falling off the bike. keep them as you will need these washers when it is time to return the bike.

6. Installing Bike Pedals the Right Way


Now that we talked about how to remove bike pedals, let’s have a look at how you can install them. Whether you are installing new road bike pedals or you are returning pedals you have just cleaned and repaired, here’s how you can do it. 

7. Determine the Pedal Threads 

As noted earlier, bike pedal threading will be different depending on which side the pedal is. Before installing the pedals, identify which one is for the left side and which is for the right side to be sure that they will fit. 

8. Grease the Pedals 

Heavily grease the threads of both pedals. You will need a waterproof grease to do this. The application of grease will ensure that it will be easy to remove the pedals the next time you will need to take them off. 

9. Insert the Threaded End 

Once you are done threading the pedals, now is the time to enter the side with threads. After inserting the end, do not force it in the hole. Instead, you should rotate the threads. Do this carefully, making sure that there is proper alignment. If you apply unnecessary force, you will end up damaging the threads. 

It can be tempting to push harder, but this is one thing that you need to avoid. The crankarm is often made of aluminum while the pedal threads are made of stainless steel. Using excessive force can end up ruining the crankarm. It does not help that the crankarm is expensive! 

10. Use a Wrench to Secure the Pedals 

You don’t have to rotate the threads by hand until the end. Let the wrench do the job for you. For a pedal wrench, wrap the jaws and rotate. On the other hand, if you are using an Allen wrench, rotate it clockwise for tightening the right pedal. On the other hand, when tightening the left pedal, rotate it counterclockwise. 

11. Check the Pedals 

To complete the process of installing new pedals, check to make sure that they are tight enough. It may not spin smoothly at first. This is normal since you need to give the bearings time to break-in. Inspect the alignment of the axle as well. You also need to see to it that the pedals are quiet. Otherwise, there can be loose components. 

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Whether it is for bike maintenance or pedal replacement, among other things, knowing how to remove bike pedals is one thing you need to learn. From the tools to use to bike pedal threading, take note of the things mentioned above so that you can do this task like a pro!

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