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Replacing A Bike Pedal


How to install Bike Pedals the right way! 

Hello! Hector here with Fly Rides. In my 20 years of experience of tinkering, building, and servicing bicycles, I've come across a couple tips and tricks to help you maintain your bike. Today's tech tip is "How to Install Your Pedals" to your electric bike. This installation will work for both clipless and flat pedals.

First off, you want to identify which pedal is your left pedal and which is your right. There's typically an L or an R etched or stamped onto the pedal. If it's not stamped L or R, take a good look at that thread and find which one is left threaded and which one is right threaded. To determine which pedal is left threaded or right threaded go ahead and grab one of your pedals and point it straight up. Look at the threads on the left side of the spindle. If the angle is down, then the pedal is right handed. If the angle is up, then the pedal is left handed.

The right threaded, or R pedal will be the right pedal, the drive side pedal. And the L, left threaded pedal will be your non drive side pedal. The drive side simply means the side where the chain, belt or derailleur is going to be located on your frame. Now that you have identified which pedal is left or right, prepare the crank arm. Make sure the crank arm is clean, and, if needed by manufacturer's specifications, add the pedal washer. Add a little bit of grease to the threads of the pedal and use the appropriate tool to screw in the pedal into the crank arm. The most widely used tool for pedals is a 15 millimeter wrench, however many pedals nowadays involve a hex wrench--either 6 or 8 millimeters.

The drive side pedal is righty tighty, so all you need to do is screw it onto the crank arm like you normally would screw in a bolt. The non drive side, the left side, is left hand threaded. Means you need to turn it to the left hand side, so lefty tighty. Tighter the pedals to your manufacturer's specifications. Most pedals are tightened around 22 newton meters. If you don't have a torque wrench, that's about hand tight with a little bit more effort. Once the pedals are installed, make sure they move freely and are not getting stuck as you spin them. That's our tech tip for today if you found this video helpful. Don't forget to like it and subscribe to our channel so you don't miss another tech tip. Until next time, enjoy the ride.

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