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Old 05-18-12, 06:20 PM   #1
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What is this odd thing in my old pedal?

I have a set of old 1984-vintage platform pedals branded Christophe. The axles have a bit of in-out play, so I thought I would remove the dust cap and adjust the bearings a little tighter. I expected to find a standard hexagonal nut like all the other pedals I have ever worked on. Instead it has this:



It appears to have smooth sides, so I don't think a socket wrench is going to help. What sort of tool do I need?
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Old 05-18-12, 06:35 PM   #2
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Many pedal spindles were peened over to hold the outboard cone on. These were not adjustable. There would be no locknut, washer or cone with threads. It looks like yours is such a pedal. Andy.
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Interesting. I would have thought that this pedal would have been rebuildable. It always seemed like a quality part. Years ago, I asked a bike shop to replace the bearings when they did some other work on the bike. Maybe they didn't, though they said that they did?
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Time to Go shopping for another pedal.
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Time to Go shopping for another pedal.
I actually don't need to buy any pedals. I'm about to sell the bike they came on, and I wanted to at least offer them to any potential buyers who would be interested in the originality factor of the old ones. Probably doesn't matter at all. They can still have them. They still work, and I have other pedals on the bike anyway.

I'm still curious why Schwinn would have put non-rebuildable pedals on this bike. It cost $300 new in 1984 - pretty nice for the time, and well before the era when throwing away was expected. Any opinions from bike shop people working back then?
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The reason that a company puts a "cheaper" part on a bike is that they can and still sell the bike for the price point needed. I don't know of any customer that has pulled pedal dust caps to check on the rebuildable factor before buying the bike. This is done with every bike and every part, how cheap can the company go before the bike's sales are affected... Andy.
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Interesting. I would have thought that this pedal would have been rebuildable. It always seemed like a quality part. Years ago, I asked a bike shop to replace the bearings when they did some other work on the bike. Maybe they didn't, though they said that they did?
ZBearings are certainly not replaceable. However, with a injection-needle zerk-fitting on the end of a grease-gun, you can squeeze new grease in there.
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Interesting. I would have thought that this pedal would have been rebuildable. It always seemed like a quality part. Years ago, I asked a bike shop to replace the bearings when they did some other work on the bike. Maybe they didn't, though they said that they did?
Or they may have installed that thing because they somehow messed up the lucknut or the washer. The small peg (?) on these old washers will sometimes be ruined when you try to loosen the lock nut. I don't know if you can get the thingy off, and if it can be done without ruining the threads for the dustcap (they're onthe inside on Atom pedals, and might be on yours too). There might be useable threading on the axle underneath the thing. Then you "just" have to get hold of a locknut and a washer...
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