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How to install bike pedals

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How to install bike pedals

Bikes are a great way to get around, and with the right equipment, they can be just as efficient as cars or public transportation. One of the most important parts of any bike is the pedals, which connect the rider to the bicycle. 

In this article, we will show you how to remove and install your bike’s pedals using only basic tools. So let’s get started!

How to install bike pedals

Is it easy to install bike pedals?

Yes, installing bike pedals is a relatively simple process that can be done with minimal tools. The most important thing is to make sure that you have the correct size wrench for your pedals– more on that later.

What tools do I need ?

The tools you’ll need are:

– pedal wrench or adjustable crescent wrench

– rag (optional)

– grease (optional)

Steps to Removing and Installing Pedals:

Step 1. Position the pedals: Before you start removing or installing your pedals, it’s important to first identify their position. The left pedal is always positioned counter-clockwise on the bike, while the right pedal is clockwise.

Step Two:How to Remove the Old Pedals: 

Now that you know where the pedals are located, remove them by loosening the bolt on the back using a pedal wrench or adjustable crescent wrench.

Be careful not to lose the washer that sits between the nut and bolt- if this falls off, it can be difficult to find!

Once the bolt has been loosened, use a rag (or your hand) to hold onto the pedal and unscrew it from the crank arm. If there’s any resistance, apply some pressure to the wrench while turning it.

Step Three: Check the New Pedal Set:

After removing the old pedals, take a moment to examine the new set and make sure that they are in good condition.

There should not be any cracks, scratches or other damage on the body of the pedal. If there is, you may want to consider returning them and getting a new set.

Step Four: How do you put new pedals on a bike?

Now that you’ve checked the new pedals for damage, it’s time to install them. Start by applying some grease (or WD-40) to the threads of the bolt on each pedal. This will help with installation and keep them from rusting in place later on.

Step Five: How to Install the pedal:

Once you’ve greased up both bolts, install them by turning clockwise until they’re tight enough that they won’t fall out but still can be removed easily.

You’ll know when this happens because there will not be any resistance when you turn it counterclockwise or push down on it with your thumb.

Step Six: Revise Your Work: 

To make sure everything is installed correctly, shift gears so that the chain is in its highest position and try rotating each crank arm side-to-side. 

If there’s any resistance at all, then either the pedals were not greased properly before installation OR your new set came with damaged threads (so go back to step two for a replacement).


How to put on a bike pedal arm ?

The process for putting on a bike pedal arm is very similar to the one we just went through removing them.

The main difference is that you’ll need to hold onto the crank arm while tightening the bolt with your wrench. It’s also important to make sure that the washer is in place before installing the new pedal.

How to remove a bike pedal crank ?

Removing the bike pedal crank is a bit more complicated and requires some additional tools. You’ll need an Allen key (or hex wrench) as well as a socket wrench set. Start by loosening the Allen key bolt at the center of the crank using your hex wrench- this will allow you to remove the entire crank arm.

Next, use your socket wrench set to loosen and remove the nut that sits on the end of the pedal axle. Once this is done, you should be able to pull out the old pedal axle and replace it with the new one.

What size wrench do I need to change bike pedals?

The size wrench you’ll need for changing bike pedals depends on the type of pedals you have. If they’re clip-in style (also known as SPD), then you’ll need a 15mm hex wrench.

For standard cage pedals, you’ll need a 17mm open-ended wrench or adjustable crescent wrench.

How to install bike pedals without a pedal wrench ?

If you don’t have a pedal wrench, there are a few other ways to install bike pedals. One option is to use a large adjustable crescent wrench- this will work for both clip-in and standard cage pedals.

Another way is to use a hammer and screwdriver (or chisel) to tap the pedal onto the crank arm. Be very careful when doing this, as it’s easy to damage the threads on the pedal or crank arm.


Installing bike pedals can be tricky, but with practice it becomes easier. Make sure you take your time and follow the steps carefully, and if there are any problems along the way don’t hesitate to ask someone for help. Also, remember to grease up those bolts before installation! Thanks for reading.

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