Pedal Removal

chrism_scotland
chrism_scotland Posts: 221
edited June 2010 in Workshop
Picked up my Giant Defy 2 yesterday, complete with awful Wellgo ToeClips, have bought a set of Shimano 520 SPDs to fit, I got the right hand side pedal off fine but the left won't come off no matter which way I try and turn it, also I think I have managed to damage the outside of the "nut" type part of the pedal where I have to put the spanner, will my LBS be able to help me remove the pedal with some other tool?

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  • rhnb
    rhnb Posts: 324
    I don't know those pedals, but some (most) you can get off with an allen key through the crank (if you see what I mean). The spindle of the pedal that screws into the crank has an allen key fitting on the end. I'd check for that, get an allen key on it and I always find having a bit of copper pipe or something over the allen key lets me get a bit more purchase on it ;-)
    If you don't feel up to it, I'm sure your LBS will help (or if they won't, don't use them as your LBS anymore).
    Good luck!

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  • Thanks mate, I've tried that, it works ok for the pedal I could get off anyway but the other one still seems like it won't budge :( getting very frustrated now....
  • rokkala
    rokkala Posts: 649
    Are you definitely trying to remove it the correct way?

    Left-hand pedal is removed by turning it clock-wise.
  • Yeah I've tried it clockwise, tried a 15mm spanner, pedal wrench and now the allen key, the other side took a big effort before it budged but nothing seems to want to move the other side.

    If I've got the bike upside down which way should I be untightening? Left toward the front or right toward the rear?
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,885
    looking at bike from the left side

    get the left crank arm at just above 9 o'clock position

    fit the spanner or allen key, so that the handle is more or less horizontal

    now, under the other end of the spanner/key, put something stable and solid, stack of books might be ok, bricks are better, if there's a step or kerbside nearby that is the right height then that's ideal

    now hold the bike steady and slowly put your weight on the pedal, it should undo - be careful as it'll go suddenly (or the spanner/key might snap...)

    it'sbest if you've got someone else there to help steady things

    if no luck, then put a litlle penetrating oil on both sides of the crank, leave it overnight to seep in, might loosen

    if the crank is aluminium, you can also try pouring hot water over the end, it'll expand more than the pedal axle, you need to try undoing it while it's still hot
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Put the bike upright and point the crank horizontally towards the front wheel - fit the pedal spanner facing forward too - put one foot on the pedal and pull up with both hands - this works on both sides - if it doesn't you need more leverage i.e. longer spanner
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,885
    Yeah I've tried it clockwise, tried a 15mm spanner, pedal wrench and now the allen key, the other side took a big effort before it budged but nothing seems to want to move the other side.

    If I've got the bike upside down which way should I be untightening? Left toward the front or right toward the rear?

    facing the outside of the left-hand crank of the bike, you need to turn the pedal clockwise to undo it - doesn't matter which way up the bike is

    i.e. you need to turn it the direction you'd normally use to drive a screw *in* - it's a reverse thread on the left
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • tptvmbircn
    tptvmbircn Posts: 782
    wd40 (if very bad) spanner on the pedal, point the right way, hammer, give it a few medium blows always works for me whether crank arm is on or off, just be careful not to hit the arm, frame etc.
  • bexley5200
    bexley5200 Posts: 692
    just BOSH it
    going downhill slowly
  • CarleyB
    CarleyB Posts: 475
    bike upright.

    crank forward.

    spanner to the back wheel (on both sides)

    remember BACK OFF
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  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    CarleyB wrote:
    Get hubby to do it!

    Fixed that for you, Carley :wink:
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  • CarleyB
    CarleyB Posts: 475
    hopper1 wrote:
    CarleyB wrote:
    Get hubby to do it!

    Fixed that for you, Carley :wink:

    :lol:
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