General Cycling Discussion - new sealed bearing pedals.. adjustment needed?
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hi everyone, maybe one of you can help me out with this problem :)
i just picked up a new pair of sealed bearing pedals.. wellgo brand..
i haven't owned a set of sealed bearing pedals before..
out of the box they spin poorly, one worse than the other. no grittiness.. they just feel too tight..
do i need to adjust these? are sealed bearing pedals adjustable?? thanks! :D
well i played around with them and doesn't look like there's any way to adjust it. i guess. hope they're okay to use and not defective, why one spins a lot better than the other.. who knows lol
maybe i'll get some mks pedals next time
10-15-11, 01:30 AM
New pedals with sealed bearings that don't spin freely? Do they have a way to adjust the bearing pre-load? I doubt it, only adjustments on a pedal I've seen are for cleat retention. Did you read the manual or check online for pedal specs?
IMO, they need to be broken in. Ride them for a couple hundred miles.
I took exactly the same problem with a different brand to the bike shop. The guy told me the tighter one was about right, and the other had been assembled a bit loosely. I don't know, but I pass this along for what it is or isn't worth.
Grease and bearing seals cause drag, especially in new pedals. Spin a bunch of pedals at the shop to get a feel for what's normal. There can be quite a range depending on the type of pedal, amount and type of grease, etc..
10-15-11, 09:29 AM
do i need to adjust these? are sealed bearing pedals adjustable??
Maybe.. know what in adjustment feels like? if you have to pry off a plastic cover
on the end , it may not even be adjustable, and the cover won't go back on well.
10-15-11, 12:39 PM
Leave them alone and just ride them. In time they will self adjust and stop until worn out.
thanks for all the responses. i'll leave them as is. don't have the right tools to get any further anyways.. i took the plastic cover off the end.. then found i would need a thinner walled socket to access the nut on the pedal spindle.. thanks again :)
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