Changing Bike Pedals: How to Take Pedals off a Bike? 3 Easy Ways!

Do you want to update or just replace your bike pedals? For that, you will have to first take the pedals off the bike. Do you not know how to take pedals off a bike?

It’s fairly easy, provided you know the type of pedals you own. You’ll first need to determine if you require a hex key or a 15mm wrench for removing the pedals. Once you have figured that out, it’s as easy as simply unscrewing the pedal using the appropriate tool until it comes off the crank.

Determining Which Tools You’ll Need to Take Pedals off a Bike

1. Go through the instruction manual for your bike in the event that it comes equipped with one. If the bike you purchased included an instruction or maintenance guideline, it’s likely to include removal and installation directions. Go through them carefully to determine what it is that you must do to your bike. These instructions will also outline the need for a 15mm wrench or Hex key to taking off the pedals.

  • Make sure the manual includes an index to allow you to move to the section for cranks or pedals.
  • If your bike doesn’t come with a manual, you’ll be able to figure out what type of tools you’ll require to get them out.

2. You should look for a hex-fitting on the pedal if you do not have a manual. It is connected to the crank using an arm that is attached to the crank. The hex fitting is found at the bottom of the arm. It appears like an impression of a hexagon. The majority of bike pedals require the 6mm or 8mm key for installation and removal of the pedals.

  • The most popular brands of cranks that need a hex key include Shimano, Look, and Speedplay.

3. Get a 15mm wrench for pedals that do not have a hex fitting. The majority of flat or basic pedals need a 15mm wrench, not a Hex key. You can buy a 15mm pedal spanner which is made for repairs to bikes and maintenance, or you can use the standard 15mm wrench to take off your pedals.

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How to Take Pedals off a Bike Using a Hex Key?

1. Put a 6mm or 8mm key to the fitting to determine which one you require. If you’re not sure the size of the hex key you’ll need, work out the best way to insert the 6mm and 8mm key inside the hex fitting at your crank. The hex key must fit comfortably into the fitting and permit you to turn the bolt that holds the pedal in the position it is in.

2. Turn the hex key clockwise inside the pedal’s left side to loosen it. Place the appropriate size key in the fitting. Turn the hex key clockwise while keeping the pedal in place in order to release it. Continue to rotate the hex key until the pedal is loose.

  • The left pedal can be identified by the letter “L.”
  • The crank should be rotated so that the pedal is in a downward direction could make it easier to take it off.

3. Release on the left pedal by rotating the keys counterclockwise. Move to the opposite part of your bike, and put the hex-key to the fitting at your crank arms. The right pedal is on the exact side of the chainrings. The key should be turned counterclockwise in order to let the pedal loose. Continue making the hex key turn until the pedal becomes free enough to release the crank.

  • The left pedal is located on the same side as the chainring and may be designated by the letter “R.”

How to Take Pedals off a Bike Using a 15MM Wrench?

1. Set the bike in the highest gear, which will shift the chain towards the biggest rings. Once you’ve got the bike set to extremely high gear, you need to rotate the pedals several times to ensure that your chain is shifted to the biggest rings. This will allow you to have more space and will allow you to easily remove the pedals.

  • If your bike doesn’t come with different gears, don’t bother with this step.

2. Lift the rear wheel on the bike. The bike can be hung from a bicycle rack or hang your saddle from the table’s edge or workbench while you take off the pedals. By lifting the back wheel while working keeps the bike in place even when you push the bike forward or turn the crank. This makes removing the pedals by removing them with a wrench much more simple.

3. Set a wrench of 15mm on the left pedal and the crank arm. The left pedal will be located on the same side of your chain ring. The pedal is connected to the crank of your bike using the use of a 2-3 inches (5.1-7.6 centimeter) crank arm. Attach the 15mm wrench to the fitting at the point where the crank arm and pedal are joined.

  • The pedals should be rotated in a slightly forward position, which makes it easier to rotate the wrench.

4. Take the wrench and pull it upwards for the lever to unloosen it. After you have the crank arm fixed and you are able to pull it to unloosen the bolt that connects both the arm and the pedal. The pedal will begin disengaging to the crank arm once you turn your wrench clockwise. You will feel the pedal fall off after a single turn using the wrench.

5. Keep the pedal in place and turn the crank inwards to remove it. The pedals should be pushed in a way that you turn the crank as though it were a bicycle. The wrench and the pedal should remain in place, and then continue to pedal the bike until the pedal completely comes off.

6. The wrench should be turned clockwise around the pedal in order to remove it. Move to the opposite side of the bike and repeat the process from the drive (left) pedal on the bike. The wrench should be pulled upwards in order to release the bolt. Next, keep the pedal to ensure that it doesn’t spin as you move the bike forward. You can then completely unbolt the left pedal.