Bicycle Mechanics - 2 Bikes, 1 Set Of Pedals
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06-13-03, 02:38 PM
Yesterday I brought home my high school graduation present (It's finally over!) of a Giant OCR3. It's great, light, fast, and I was surprised how well the Sora components worked. My major question is this, I love my eggbeater pedals on my mountain bike but don't have the cash for another pair. Can I trade them back and forth without damage to the threads? What should I do to protect the threads better?
P.S - I have and use a good pedal wrench
I doubt that you will do any harm, but if you can come up with 60 bucks:
Perhaps ebay also????
I personally would not advise swapping pedals on a daily basis. However, it is unlikely that you'll do much damage to them if you do. You'll probably shorten the lifetime of the threads by quite a bit though. You will want to use a high-quality pedal wrench and always remember to grease/anti-sieze the threads. I prefer Ti-Prep. Even if you don't have titanium spindles, it's good stuff and the bronzish colour looks pretty cool. :D
06-13-03, 07:49 PM
I've swapped platforms/clipless countless times on my commuter, which also serves as a dirt road bike. As khuon says, keep the threads greased. Use care to never cross-thread the pedals when putting them on. Get them snug, but not too tight... you should have no problems.
I use Time Attacs. I bought one pair with my go-fast road bike, and one pair of shoes (I'd used clips and straps up to then). Meant swapping backwards and forwards with my MTB after I got to like the T/As so much. Then I got the touring bike. Still one pair of pedals. Swapped regularly for about three months before getting a second pair of Attacs and another pair of shoes. I've now got three pairs of each.
Never a problem swapping over so long as you:
1. Check to make sure you putting the right-hand pedal on the right crank and the left-hand on the left crank (it's really frustrating to turn and turn and wonder why the thread is not taking up only to find you have the wrong pedal on the wrong side). Most good-quality pedals have at least and R or L marking.
2. Keep those threads greased and both cranks and pedals clean.
3. Be VERY gentle with starting the thread. Err on the side of "no, that doesn't feel right" and start again. If there is any resistance when normallyl there isn't, you are heading for trouble.
4. Use a good spanner/wrench (as you have) and make sure it is properly on the flats of the spindles when you use it.
5. Don't overtighten the pedals. It adds to the risk of mangling you fingers on the chainrings/chain/chainstays when coming to undo them and it is not necessary to tighten them up like car wheel nuts. Some pedals have hex-wrench inserts on the end of the spindle. If yours does, do up the pedal with a hex-wrench. It should be fine.
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