Biking can be a great way to get your heart rate up and burn some calories, but it can also be a lot of work! If you’re like most cyclists, you probably have at least one bike pedal that you don’t use – and maybe even a few more. In this article, we’ll show you how to remove pedals from a bike without damaging the bike or yourself.
What Are Pedals?
Pedals are the little metal things you step on to go faster. They come in both fixed (where you can’t move them) and freewheeling (where the pedal moves when you step on it) varieties.
There are three types of pedals:clipless, SPD, and clipless-only. Clipless pedals attach to your shoe without any extra hardware, while SPD pedals have a screw that goes into the bike’s crank arm. Clipless-only pedals have a screw but no attachment mechanism.
To remove pedals from a bike, hold the pedal in one hand and use the other hand to unscrew the screw. Be careful not to pinch your fingers when unscrewing the screw—the pedal can be unscrewed completely with just a little bit of force. Remove the pedal and throw it away or recycle it if possible.
Blog Section: What Are Pedals?
Pedals are the little metal things you step on to go faster. They come in both fixed (where you can’t move them) and freewheeling (where the pedal moves when you step on it) varieties. There are three types of pedals
How to Remove Pedals from a Bike
If you’re looking to remove your pedals from your bike, there are a few different ways to go about it. The most common way is to use a wrench, but there are also pedal removal tools that you can buy. If you’re feeling handy, you can also do it the old-fashioned way by using a screwdriver and some strength. Whichever method you choose, be careful not to damage the bike or the pedals.
What to Do If a Pedal Gets Stuck
If a pedal gets stuck, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue.
The first thing to do is check to see if the pedal is caught on anything. If it’s not, you can try using an allen key to loosen the pedal. If that doesn’t work, you can try pushing down on either side of the pedal with your foot while turning the crank in the opposite direction.
Tips for Maintaining Your Bike
If you’re like most cyclists, your bike is your favorite way to get around town and explore the local area. But like any other piece of equipment, your bike can benefit from regular care and maintenance. Here are some tips for keeping your bike in top condition:
1. Clean and Lube Your Cranks: One of the most common problems with bikes is dirty or gummed-up cranks. To clean them, use a solvent—like rubbing alcohol or acetone—and a brush. Don’t soak the crank in solvent; just spray it on, let it work for a few minutes, then brush off the excess. If the cranks are really dirty, you may also need to soak them in solvent for a while to loosen up the dirt and grease. Once they’re clean, apply a light coating of grease to each crank arm.
2. Check and Replace Tires: It’s important to check your tires regularly for signs of wear and tear. Along with checking for punctures, you should also look for “knobs” or bulges on the sidewalls caused by over inflation—a sign that the tire is starting to lose air pressure.