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Remove and Install Pedals

person installing in a silver Crank Brothers stamp pedal on to a bike with an allen wrench

How To Remove and Install Bicycle Pedals

Whether you are building a new bike or switching the pedals on your current one, replacing pedals is a simple procedure that should be learned by every rider. This article will explain how to remove and install pedals, so you'll be up and riding in no time.

Tools You'll need for the Job

Many new pedals only require a 6mm Allen wrench (although a specialized model with a long, ergonomic handle are much easier to use). Some other pedals require a special pedal wrench or a thin crescent wrench.

Time Required: 10 minutes


First, move the first pedal you are going to remove to front of bike, parallel to the ground.

Step 1: Let's start by removing the older chain. Position your chain tool so the chain sits securely in the cradle. Hold the chain in place with a finger or a rag.

Step 2: While holding the opposite crankarm steady to stabilize the pedals, insert whichever style of wrench is appropriate for your pedals into the back of the pedal (for Allen wrench- style pedals) or onto the nut that attaches the pedal to the crank (for older-style pedals), then rotate the wrench down and forward -- counter-clockwise.

Step 3: Give it a full turn, then remove the wrench and finish unscrewing the pedal by hand.

Step 4: Repeat on the other side -- again, moving the wrench down and forward will release the pedal.

Step 5: To install new pedals, begin by screwing the pedal in by hand. When it is mostly screwed in, pedal backwards a few times to tighten the screw additionally.

Step 6: Now, align the pedal towards the rear of the bike and use a pedal wrench or Allen wrench to rotate down and back to tighten the pedal. Be gentle -- over tightening could ruin the pedal and/or crankset.

Step 7: Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the other side, and that's it -- you're done!