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Left-hand/right-hand threads

chadders81chadders81 Posts: 744
edited July 2011 in Commuting chat
Finally got some pedals which I'm about to put on.

Is is the left hand thread (presumably the left side/non-drive side) which is the reverse thread?

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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,804 Lives Here
    I can never remember. I work it out by looking at the pedal that's going to be fitted.
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    Yeah, you're right.

    If you get confused with which way to thread a nut/bolt, do a 'thumbs up' sign with your hand. The way your fingers go is the way to turn the nut/bolt to make it move in the direction your thumb is pointing.

    Handy to know when you have the bike upside down or are under the bonnet of the car etc.
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  • gtvlussogtvlusso Posts: 5,112
    Most pedals are marked with an "L" and an "R" - However, from memory, the reverse thread is on the non drive side - Left side.

    Remember to cover the threads in coppaslip to avoid them seizing to the crank.
  • chadders81chadders81 Posts: 744
    gtvlusso wrote:
    Most pedals are marked with an "L" and an "R" - However, from memory, the reverse thread is on the non drive side - Left side.

    Remember to cover the threads in coppaslip to avoid them seizing to the crank.

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  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    GTV is correct. The easy way to remember with bikes (especially when removing pedals and you can't see the threads) is thet Right (side) is Right (normal thread), Left side is not.
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  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    Rotate your allen key/spanner towards the handlebars to screw the pedals in. Away to unscrew ("back it out").

    Works if the bike's upside down, you're upside down, you're doing if from the "other" side of the crank, whatever.
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  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,271
    The easy way to remember is that the pedal loosens in the direction that it wil turn when you're riding...
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  • kelsenkelsen Posts: 2,003
    righty righty
    lefty goosey

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  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
    davis wrote:
    Rotate your allen key/spanner towards the handlebars to screw the pedals in. Away to unscrew ("back it out").

    Works if the bike's upside down, you're upside down, you're doing if from the "other" side of the crank, whatever.

    That won't always work as you are missing i bit of information. If the long bit of key is pointing towards the top tube and you move it towards the handlebars it goes one way but if the long bit is pointing to away from the top tube then moving it towards the handlebars is the other way. Or am I missing something?
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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
    edited July 2011
    If your standing on the left of the bike with the spanner on the pedal it goes clockwise to undo.
    If your standing on the right of the bike with the spanner on the pedal it goes anti-clockwise to undo.

    The spanner always goes 'over the top' and towards the back of the bike to undo.
  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    Sketchley wrote:
    davis wrote:
    Rotate your allen key/spanner towards the handlebars to screw the pedals in. Away to unscrew ("back it out").

    Works if the bike's upside down, you're upside down, you're doing if from the "other" side of the crank, whatever.

    That won't always work as you are missing i bit of information. If the long bit of key is pointing towards the top tube and you move it towards the handlebars it goes one way but if the long bit is pointing to away from the top tube then moving it towards the handlebars is the other way. Or am I missing something?

    I see what you mean; it depends on the position of the tool - I guess I just imagine that I'm trying to rotate the pedal "towards" the handlebars when putting pedals in. It works for me.
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  • ConfusedboyConfusedboy Posts: 287
    I just fall to peices over this. Is the thread left or right handed according to whether you are screwing it up or unscrewing it? Isn't there something on Sheldon's site about the reverse thread being on the pedal you don't expect it to be? AAAAARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    I, too, recently bought new SPD's for the road bike. Had to get them fitted by the LBS in the end as my head was about to explode thinking about it all. It's one of those things where, as soon as you question it and start to try to be rational about it, your capacity for logical thought is destroyed and you are reduced to a gibbering heap (although I accept that it is not always easy to tell the difference in my case). If this is happening to you, Chadders, and it sounds like it is, go to the LBS or you will end up cross-threaded.
  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    Confusedboy? Eh?

    It's not rocket science. LH pedals are LH-threaded. If that's too confusing, just look at the thread.
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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
    A confusing thread it seems. See what I done there? :D
  • SketchleySketchley Posts: 4,235
    Don't forget you need left handed spanner for left handed thread and right handed one for the right handed thread. Just go and ask in B&Q.
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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
    Sketchley wrote:
    Don't forget you need left handed spanner for left handed thread and right handed one for the right handed thread. Just go and ask in B&Q.

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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
    ...and I need a long weight, please ask for one at the customer service desk.
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
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  • chadders81chadders81 Posts: 744
    Done it. Piece of piss it turns out.

    Essex commuter's advice makes the most sense - spanner goes over the top towards the back to undo on both sides.

    Thanks a lot.

    If anybody fancies a laugh tomorrow, I'll be trying out my new SPDs in Clapham mid-late morning.
  • hellshells Posts: 175
    I remember it as back off, turn the spanner so that it goes to the rear wheel and you will be able to put both pedals on (unless thats the direction to take the pedals off, its been a long time since I did any pedal changing).
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  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    hells wrote:
    I remember it as back off, turn the spanner so that it goes to the rear wheel and you will be able to put both pedals on (unless thats the direction to take the pedals off, its been a long time since I did any pedal changing).

    Yep, I just turn the pedal spanner to the rear of the wheel on both sides.
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  • dcurzondcurzon Posts: 290
    just look at the threads on the pedal your are going to fit. That should indicate which way you need to turn to undo/tighten
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  • ConfusedboyConfusedboy Posts: 287
    davis wrote:
    Confusedboy? Eh?

    It's not rocket science. LH pedals are LH-threaded. If that's too confusing, just look at the thread.



    Essex's advice about 'over the top and towards the rear of the bike' sounds like something I could deal with, but does that still work with the bike upside down? It doesn't have to be rocket science to confuse me! What does LH-theaded mean; does it mean that you unscrew it anti-clockwise or that you screw it up anti-clockwise*....

    You may be beginning to see why I let the LBS do it. They were sorting out a headset (another thing that explodes my brain) for me anyway and the extra cost was minimal.

    I like my LBS.


    *Please, don't try to explain. My head is still hurting a bit from trying to work it out before.
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    with pedals turn up and around towards the front wheel to tighten
    to loosen up and around to the rear wheel

    easy way to remember it, works for both sides
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  • UnderscoreUnderscore Posts: 730
    I just fall to peices over this. Is the thread left or right handed according to whether you are screwing it up or unscrewing it? Isn't there something on Sheldon's site about the reverse thread being on the pedal you don't expect it to be?

    Yes. That's because it is not the bearing friction that causes pedals to come undone but a phenomenon called precession, which works in the opposite direction to the way in which the pedal is turning. That was why...
    desweller wrote:
    The easy way to remember is that the pedal loosens in the direction that it will turn when you're riding...

    Once you've got that into your head, you then need to remember that the BB thread on each side is the opposite handedness to the pedal thread...

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  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    Essex's advice about 'over the top and towards the rear of the bike' sounds like something I could deal with, but does that still work with the bike upside down?

    Yes.
    What does LH-theaded mean; does it mean that you unscrew it anti-clockwise or that you screw it up anti-clockwise*....

    I'm going to try explaining it anyway. Left-hand threads are unusual, and the exact reverse of right-hand "standard" threads. RH-threads are clockwise-tightening (sometimes called "righty-tighty, lefty loosey") threads.
    With LH-threads you spin the other way. Simple.

    Right-hand pedals are Right-hand threaded, LH are LH. You can work out which way to spin the thing using your RH or LH thumb+fingers, but Essex's advice is probably simpler.
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