How To Install Your New Bike Pedals

Working out how to install your new bike pedals may seem like a daunting task but with the right tools and instructions, it can be a breeze. In this guide, I will outline the steps necessary to install flat bike pedals.

For those looking for a quick answer…

Installing your new bike pedals is easy as long as you have a pedal wrench. You simply remove the existing pedals, using the pedal wrench to loosen the bolts, apply some grease to the crank arm and then install your new pedals using your pedal wrench.

Want to know more and find out some tips to help you on your way? Then read on…

How To Install Your New Bike Pedals

How To Install A Your New Bike Pedals

Installing your new bike pedals is a fairly straightforward task as long as you have the right tools for the job.

The main tool you will need is a pedal wrench, which is specifically designed to fit the thread needed to tighten pedals.  This Pedal Wrench is a pretty affordable option that also comes with a Chain Whip, so you can maintain your chain as well.

You can install your new pedals by following the instructions below:

  1. Loosen the axle bolt on your old pedal.  For your right pedal, you will need to turn anti-clockwise (left) to loosen the pedal and for the left pedal, turn clockwise (right).
  2. Once completely loose, remove the existing pedal by pulling it out from the crank arm.
  3. Apply some grease to the crank arm where the new pedal will go and the thread of the new pedal.
  4. Insert the new pedal into the whole in the crank arm where the previous pedal was.
  5. Tighten the axle bolt with the pedal wrench, turning clockwise (right) for the right pedal and anti-clockwise (left) for the left pedal.

It is important to note that different pedals may require slightly different installation procedures so always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Tell the Left Pedal from The Right

Whilst the answer to this question is pretty simple when the pedals are on your bike, it is a little more confusing when the pedals are on your bike.

Left and right pedals have different threads for attaching them to the crank arm. If you are used to the old “righty tight” approach to screwing everything in, this doesn’t always work with bike pedals.

The left pedal is the one that typically has the letter L on it, while the right pedal has an R.

How Do I Remove My Bike Pedal

Removing your bike pedals is a fairly simple process if you have a pedal wrench. Just remember that each pedal has a different removal direction.

Loosen the axle bolt on your old pedal, if necessary. For your right pedal, loosen the axle bolt by turning anticlockwise (left), and for your left pedal, loosen the axle bolt by turning clockwise (right).

Once completely loose, remove the existing pedal by unscrewing it from a crank arm.

How to Remove Bike Pedals that Are Stuck

There are a few ways to remove bike pedals that are stuck. The first way is to use a wrench to try and loosen the bolts that hold the pedals on. If this does not work, you can try using a hammer and a chisel to pry the pedal off. Another way to remove bike pedals is to use a hacksaw to cut the bolts off. Finally, you can try heating up the pedals with a torch to soften the metal and then prying them off.

Do I Need Special Shoes for Fat Biking?

Whilst you may be tempted to get some new shoes to go with your new fat bike pedals, this is not always necessary. In terms of what shoes you should wear fat biking, the general guidance is to where shoes are appropriate to the conditions you are riding in.

Summary

In conclusion, be sure to take your time installing your new bike pedals. Following the simple steps outlined in this article will make the process go smoothly and ensure that your new pedals are installed correctly. Once they’re on, get out and enjoy a spin around the neighbourhood!