Introduction

A loose pedal can be dangerous for bicycle riders. This guide will show you how to check for damage and tighten the pedal on your bike.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/1: This will keep the bicycle stable while you work on it.
  • Flip the entire bicycle upside down, balancing the weight on the seat and handle bars.

  • This will keep the bicycle stable while you work on it.

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Image 1/3: If you are using an Allen Wrench, insert the head of the wrench into socket located on the pedal arm. Image 2/3: If you are using a Smart Wrench, place the jaws on the nut located between the pedal and pedal arm. Image 3/3: Loosen the pedals by turning the right pedal counterclockwise and the left pedal clockwise.
  • You will need an Allen Wrench or a Smart Wrench for this repair.

    • If you are using an Allen Wrench, insert the head of the wrench into socket located on the pedal arm.

    • If you are using a Smart Wrench, place the jaws on the nut located between the pedal and pedal arm.

  • Loosen the pedals by turning the right pedal counterclockwise and the left pedal clockwise.

  • Remove the pedal from the socket.

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Image 1/2: If you notice damages like rust or worn threads, you will need to refer to a separate repair guide specific to the type of damage. Image 2/2: If you do not see any damage, continue to Step 4.
  • Check the socket and bolt for rust and worn threads.

    • If you notice damages like rust or worn threads, you will need to refer to a separate repair guide specific to the type of damage.

  • If you do not see any damage, continue to Step 4.

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Image 1/3: To tighten the pedals, turn the right pedal clockwise and the left pedal counterclockwise. Image 2/3: Once you feel resistance, turn the pedal about 1/8 of a rotation further to properly tighten it. Image 3/3: DO NOT use excessive force when you are tightening the pedal. This can lead to difficulty removing the pedal in the future.
  • Place the pedal back in the socket and tighten it until it is secure.

    • To tighten the pedals, turn the right pedal clockwise and the left pedal counterclockwise.

  • Once you feel resistance, turn the pedal about 1/8 of a rotation further to properly tighten it.

    • DO NOT use excessive force when you are tightening the pedal. This can lead to difficulty removing the pedal in the future.

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Conclusion

If both pedals need tightening follow the steps again, remembering to turn the opposite directions for tightening and loosening.

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Yes, I agree, it's very nice way to fix pedals.

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