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Originally Posted by noahjz
If the pedals are on there that tightly should I just get it taken off at my LBS, or will a good pedal wrench be able to succeed where the torque wrench failed? Thanks for any help
A good quality pedal wrench with long handle (think Park Tools) will do the trick. Getting a good solid grip on the wrench flats on the pedal spindle is what you need. Plus, positioning the pedal and wrench to maximize leverage is a must. Soaking the fastener with a penetrating oil helps too. Also as a rule, I'll wear leather work gloves when I'm exerting a lot of effort to protect the hands if something were to slip.
Using that 6mm hex head socket in the back of the pedal never worked for me. For one thing, I'm afraid the edges/corners will round out. Plus, the hex bit socket is probably two inches long, and when you torque on that fastener, you are also putting the socket into bending - ie not all of your effort is going into turning the pedal end. The 6mm hex head socket might be okay for installing a pedal.
Finally, when you put the pedal back on, place some grease on the threads and the pedals need not be put on with gorilla strength. Also, you might want to take the pedal off every six months or so, just so that joint doesn't freeze up.